Water tanks filling conversion

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 00:58
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Hello All,
I have a 2008 20' Bushtracker which has only the pressurised hose method of filling the water tanks. I understand there is a method of conversion whereby the existing water lines and pumps can give the option to suck up water from buckets etc. This is of course of great advantage if taking water from a river or similar.
Can anyone assist please. My phone numbers if required 0428233527 or 02 49704489
Regards,
Benzak
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Reply By: Freewheelers - Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 02:43

Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 02:43
hi benzak
we've done it to our 2005 model (works well) think 2008 is similar but with fancier tap
will take some photos & post it here for all to see
cheers
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Reply By: Freewheelers - Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 01:30

Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 01:30
hi
to add a suction line to your existing system is quite simple
MANIFOLD PHOTO
1/ remove 90 degree bend from end of manifold (last tank no 4 in this case)
2/ add tee piece where 90 bend was
3/ extend top manifold line across ( to left in this case)
4/ reuse 90 degree bend at left end of extended manifold
5/ extend manifold down & add new tap ( to allow for isolation)
6/ connect btm of tap to your new hose line that you have extended up through the floor ( goope up hose through floor connection when finished)
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FITTING PHOTO
we went to a plumbing shop & told them what we wanted to do they produced the gas ball valve fitting
& the matching hose fitting to allow normal hose "click on" fittings
they crimped on the hose to the gas fitting using a special tool
the hose is plastic domestic pressure pipe that they use in place of copper tube its stong
but needs a reasonable radii at bends & required some effort to get it onto the btm of the tap after it was
push up through the hole we drilled in the floor
we clamped the line to the caravan chassis using plastic saddle made to suit pipe
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HOSE PHOTO
to suck out of a bucket we have a hose that goes into a bit of 90 mm pvc tube (about 250 mm long) all
the way to the btm less 20 mm
the 90 mm pvc has end caps
the hose passes through the top cap & is clamped either side of the cap to keep it in place
the top cap & tube are drilled to let the water in & let it submerge (you may consider adding some
weight to the btm to get it to stand upright in the bucket)
the tube & top cap are covered with filter sock to keep goobees out

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we simply fill a bucket connect up our suction hose drop the tube end of hose assemble into the bucket
connect the other end of hose assemble to our gas ball valve assemble open the gas ball valveclose the taps to the tanks open our newly installed tap on the end of the manifold & turn on the sink tap & the pump does the rest

you can also pressure fill your tanks through the ball valve by hooking up a hose opening the tank valves
& turning on the hose but be very careful as with full pressure you can potentially burst a tank the tanks fill quickly so we use the ball valve to regulate floww & fill 2 tanks at a time
any questions 0411406779
cheers
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Reply By: Freewheelers - Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 01:32

Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 01:32
oops got the wrong photo try again sorry

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cheers
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Follow Up By: Noosa Fox - Saturday, Nov 03, 2012 at 15:39

Saturday, Nov 03, 2012 at 15:39
Using the click on hose fitting sometimes allows for air to be sucked and so hinders the water suction process.
A solid connection is better.

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Follow Up By: Noosa Fox - Saturday, Nov 03, 2012 at 15:40

Saturday, Nov 03, 2012 at 15:40
PS.

I'm not up early. It is only 19:39 in Austria where we are waiting for a plane.

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