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Old 10-23-2016, 02:17 PM   #1
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Fresh Gray Black tanks

So it looks like 24" wide tanks fit on the out side of the frame rails. Is there a place that every one gets there tanks from. I searched here for it and didn't come up with an answer.

Who to buy tanks from?

What is a standard tank sizes and I assume its based on people aboard?

Are tanks all the same material?

Are fresh water tanks black to keep things from growing in them?

I have no room inside so all my yanks will go under the bus. I have no intention of going any where cold and if i do I'll winterize by draining the system.
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Old 10-23-2016, 03:14 PM   #2
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You're gonna pay out the ass for tanks if you buy them new.... and you better count on paying a hefty shipping cost as well. Most places for a 100 gallon or better tank it's upwards of $400, then another $150-200 to ship it.

The cheapest place I've found for tanks is a place called RV & Van Surplus. They have a 100 gallon tank for 160 bucks, but you're still gonna pay well over 100 for shipping. If you live close to there (Elkhart IN) you can go to their warehouse and pick them up and save the shipping cost. That's what I'm gonna do when I get ready for my tanks.

The tanks have four fittings already in place: one 1 1/4" boss fitting for fill hose, and three 3/8" NPT female fittings for vent, drain and output. I will have to have one of them redone for a 1/2" fitting so I can install a 1/2 to 3/4 PEX adapter (the ID is almost identical); the 3/8" for drain and vent will be sufficient.

Be advised though that the 100 gallon tank has to be shipped in so they will need a 5 day lead time to get it. Don't know if the other tank sizes work the same as I was only inquiring about 100 gallon. One other thing, if you're doing local pickup you will need to PHONE in the order as the online cart automatically adds shipping.
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Old 10-23-2016, 04:13 PM   #3
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Check Craigslist 2 to 3 times a day for people parting out RV's, That's where I got a 100gal. Fresh tank & two 24.5 gal propane tanks for under $200.00. For grey tank I'm using a 100gal fuel tank I got from a bus going to the crusher & black is another 100gal fuel tank I cut in half .
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See I don't manage to make finds like that.... I wish I could, seems no one around here has RVs they're parting out, that I can find.
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See I don't manage to make finds like that.... I wish I could, seems no one around here has RVs they're parting out, that I can find.
You just have to constantly keep going back & checking, then one day bang it's there.
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That works, IF you have the time to wait for that deal to show up. When you need it RIGHT NOW, you have to get it where you can. I haven't worried about tanks up to now but very soon I'm gonna need them.... but other things I've had to order as new because I need them right now and I need them to work (my bus is my home, I've explained all of that in another thread so not gonna rehash it here).
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Old 10-24-2016, 01:33 AM   #7
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I never thought about used I may just buy a donor trailer. Has any one tried the plastic 55 gallon drums. I think there 24" across with two large bungs. Bolting a toilet flange to the side of one should be easy. I use them all the time they run ten or twenty dollars at the local car wash. There soap comes in them.
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Old 10-24-2016, 02:09 AM   #8
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The trick with the 55 gallon drums would be getting them hung from the bottom of the bus... since they're round rather than square, giving them adequate support could be an issue.

If someone has done this could you post pictures showing how you did it? And how well it's working out?
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Old 10-24-2016, 06:01 AM   #9
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I think I would just build a steel rectangular box that the barrel would slide into. Similar to if it were a standard water tank. Just add a couple pieces of steel across the bottom spaced a few inches apart to catch the barrel the side of the box frame should stop the barrel from side to side movement. Then Mabey it could be as simple as a couple ratchet straps around the barrrel and the two pieces of steel on the bottom holding the tank up. I can see a desiign here where the two steel runners are bolted in so the tank is easily removable or if there is enough room in front or behind the tank it would slide out of the mount. Even after write ing this I can see on my bus where I'm sure you could bolt to the frame holes and come over and attach to the steel coming down the outside of the bus with the steel sheeting. Looks like 3/4" square tube? Any how run a brace across to the frame at two places. Front and rear of barrel. Then you could weld in two runners 6" apart between them to let the barrel rest in like I said before. Then use ratchet straps to secure the tank. Nice even pull all around that round tank pulling evenly for the most part should very strong. The psi on the mount spread the length of the barrel will be very low. Then a full barrel weightbif say 500lvs means a mount at 4 points is only a 125lbs which is almost nothing.

That's s lot of poo if it fits in there on my bus between the frame and skirt. Two water tanks hooked together. One gray one black? How many poo's to fill a 55 gallon drum?
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I never thought about used I may just buy a donor trailer. Has any one tried the plastic 55 gallon drums. I think there 24" across with two large bungs. Bolting a toilet flange to the side of one should be easy. I use them all the time they run ten or twenty dollars at the local car wash. There soap comes in them.


http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/sojourner-8810.html

Jump to page 17 to see how he hung the barrels.

A lot of really great stuff in that build.
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