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Old 03-06-2007, 01:05 AM   #11
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I only used the picture as an example as to how flimsy I thought the rv style tanks were. I thought of using the cradles or straps that are used to hold the round fuel tanks to truck frames. Those are more than strong enough to hold the poly drums.

As for using wood under the bus, I don't think that is a good idea. I have seen pictures of many buses that have used wood. Unless it is being used as something temporary or an emergency fix, I think metal would be the way to go. Whether it's steel or aluminum, you are better off. The amount of time that you spend on a particular task might be tens of hours or more. Why repeat it because your wood has decayed.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:19 AM   #12
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Good point about plywood decaying. But I want something a bit soft that won't damage
the plastic tanks. I'm talking about using the plywood between the tank and the angle
steel, to spread the load and isolate from hard edges. Some decay wouldn't do
much harm -- I might want to tighten the bolts every few years. And with the tanks
having a limited life span....
But you are sure right about wood. I'm planning a barn and a house, and neither
will have an ounce of wood.
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As for the drums that you used for your drinking water, I would definetly make sure they were food grade. Those drums are used for everything from very dangerous chemicals to some that I have that held some very yummy smelling vanilla. I don't drink the water where I live. I'm on a well and the water sucks. The tap water in town sucks too, just more ground water with more chemicals in it. We have these wind mill kiosks that have puified water. Yes they start with tap water, but it goes through a water softener, charcoal filter, uv light and about 4 or 5 other things. Some of the best water I've ever tasted. That's what I drink at home and I'm sure that's what I will drink on the road. It only costs a quarter a gallon. I use 3 gallon water jugs with a handle that come full from Smart and Final for about 3 bucks. After they are empty, I rinse them with water and a couple caps of bleach. I put the cap on them until I refill them.

I think I will use three drums for holding tanks on the bus. One for fresh water, one for grey and one for black.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:47 AM   #14
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ICF's and concrete baby. Only way to go. That's what I'll build my house out of. Warning! Warning! Possible thread drift!
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If you want to spread the load out, use angle iron with expanded metal.
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In know my tanks are flushed if they had held something dangerous. They were the barrels that supported our diving platform raft thinger on the lake for years and years. The wood finally rotted and we kept the plastic barrels. They were partially full of lake water (most likely from those damn leaky plugs).

Ah the good old days of wandering around the lake for where that raft drifted to after a big storm. That all ended when we decided to use a cracked 350 chevy block as an anchor instead of all the old steel giblets we have been using.
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Instead of regular lumber look into plastic lumber. I have used plastic 2 by 4's and they are quite easy to use. Bonus with this material is that water has no negative effect. So you could build a frame out of metal, then support the tanks with the plastic lumber. It is available from home stores. It's twice as much as wood lumber.


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"In that picture, I don't see any support under the left half of the tank. I do see the support at the right end now (at the "step" in the tank), but that left side seems doomed to "fall down".

Elliot, the picture is misleading as the tanks were over 8' long. The broken peice was under two feet long. It was supported evenly, just needed one more. If I had supported it perfectly though, I still think it may have broken. After a week long trip, the plastic was very soft.


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Richard:
I see. Then it sounds like we all have learned quite a bit from your misfortune.
Are you sending me a bill for the lesson?
I hope your replacement tanks and even more supports work out all right!
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I am very satisfied with those tanks. The price was right, and the way they are built made installing them easy to do, and they will hold up very well. I did have to install them twice, my first attempt I did not like the way the came out, so I re-did them,

I used a plywood underlayment under the bus. This is basically not going to see much weather unless I'm rolling in the rain, something I don't plan on doing a lot of. Be that as it may, a solid paint job should seal the wood fairly well, and it's exterior grade plywood at that. So it should hold up for several years. I may have to replace it someday, but for now it's working just fine. It also made the tank install much easier to mount it to the bottom of some plywood, I did use galvanazied steel channel for the mounting bracket...

Oh, and drilling out the holes for the piping through the wood is a lot easier too!
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