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Old 06-10-2017, 06:23 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, my 2001 Blue Bird A3RE doesn't have under bus storage. I was just wondering what the average size of the under bus bays. Yes my brother said make them to my need however I wanted to check the consensus of the forum.

I mainly want them for the black, gray, flesh water tanks, propane and batteries.
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Old 06-10-2017, 06:29 PM   #2
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You can avoid the black water holding tank by using a composting toilet.

A lot of Skoolies use 55 gal plastic drums for their water tanks. Propane? Are you using horizontal or vertical tanks? Batteries won't make much of a difference in your ground clearance.
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Old 06-10-2017, 06:39 PM   #3
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You can avoid the black water holding tank by using a composting toilet.

A lot of Skoolies use 55 gal plastic drums for their water tanks. Propane? Are you using horizontal or vertical tanks? Batteries won't make much of a difference in your ground clearance.
I was planning to installed horizontal tanks. Also my wife will not entertain the idea of a composting toilet. The Propane was going to be dual 20 lb propane cylinders.
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Strangely enough, a composting toilet does not emit odors. Besides, they are usually vented outside, even though they don't need it.

20 lb propane tanks don't come in horizontal versions. You get those at just about anywhere.
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Hey everyone, my 2001 Blue Bird A3RE doesn't have under bus storage. I was just wondering what the average size of the under bus bays. Yes my brother said make them to my need however I wanted to check the consensus of the forum.

I mainly want them for the black, gray, flesh water tanks, propane and batteries.
I love my underbelly storage but it comes at a price. I would rather have my tanks just mounted to the frame with some Unistrut. And I am scrounging for space to put my propane separate from everything else. There's a lot of room under there but you also have to divide it if you're going to put batteries and Propane in the same space and make sure that it is airtight because Sparks and gas don't mix.
It's also another structural component that can get rusty really easy because if the first thing in contact with the road Grime and salt.

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Strangely enough, a composting toilet does not emit odors. Besides, they are usually vented outside, even though they don't need it.

20 lb propane tanks don't come in horizontal versions. You get those at just about anywhere.
Search online they do have 20#, 30#, and 50# vertical propane tanks.

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Sparks and gas don't mix. They don't? Since when?
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Strangely enough, a composting toilet does not emit odors. Besides, they are usually vented outside, even though they don't need it.

20 lb propane tanks don't come in horizontal versions. You get those at just about anywhere.
Well I have google 20 gal horizontal propane tank and this is just one of several.

Propane LP Gas Horizontal Tank 20 lb. - $156.99
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As far as water tanks, I would consider salvaging aluminum fuel tanks and the associated brackets off an old road tractor. Worried about weight and mounting? The original brackets have already done all the engineering for you, just drill a few holes just like on the previous installation, copy what they did, and you're good to go. Aluminum is ... well, I won't say easy, but any competent shop can cut and weld in any appropriate plumbing fittings.
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Search online they do have 20#, 30#, and 50# vertical propane tanks.

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Duh I meant horizontal LMAO

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