Water tank hose replacement.

Submitted: Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 at 17:50
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Howdy Boggers,

I am about to drop my water tanks out to replace all hoses and clamps.

What types of hose should be used and where are these purchased ?

While they are out, I will paint the cavity with tar paint - my favourite job !

I might also try to run the overflow pipes back to the filler inlet.

Is there any other jobs I should do, while I have the tanks out ?

Thanks a lot,

Willie.
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Reply By: Gone Bush - Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 at 02:06

Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 at 02:06
Willie,

By the time you're finished you'll be able to open a Bushtracker Refurbishment business.

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Reply By: Willie - Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 at 06:16

Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 at 06:16
It would be a good business to start in Sydney.

You have to wait months to get a job done at Barnes Caravans. I rang them two weeks ago and they told me they were too busy and were not taking on any bookings for work until December 20. It's a joke.
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Follow Up By: Tracks n About - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 00:25

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 00:25
G'day, Would you rather them take your booking knowing that they have no hope of doing it till December 20 ? BTi work on the same principal, be up front with the customer. If their booked out, that's it. A well run business IMO.
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Follow Up By: Willie - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 01:27

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 01:27
Track n About,

I did not say THEY were a joke. I said it (the situation) was a joke.
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Reply By: Bob Bushwacker - Monday, Oct 27, 2014 at 17:44

Monday, Oct 27, 2014 at 17:44
Willie

Have you tried G & L Caravan Repairs (02) 9632-1687
10 Cann Street, GUILDFORD NSW 2161

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Follow Up By: Willie - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 01:29

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 01:29
They replaced the old small lightweight chassis after it cracked, and they did a good job.

I was not so happy with the job they did on the bearings.

I liked the guy there though.

Thanks,

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Reply By: Bob Bushwacker - Monday, Oct 27, 2014 at 17:48

Monday, Oct 27, 2014 at 17:48
Willie

Here is another one to try

Complete RV Services Pty Ltd, (02) 4732-2224
Unit 3, 85-87 Batt Street, SOUTH PENRITH NSW 2750

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Follow Up By: Willie - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 01:31

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 01:31
Bob,

Thanks for your help.

Have you had any first hand experience with these people, or do you know anybody who has used them ?

Willie.
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Reply By: Bob Bushwacker - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 03:19

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 03:19
Willie
Have used G&L for brakes/bearing service
Have not used Complete RV services
Spoke to him at Rosehill caravan show (Danie Johanson)

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Follow Up By: Willie - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 04:14

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 04:14
Thanks Bob.

I got them to do my bearings. I was at Barnes some time after that and about to go on a big trip. Got everything checked and they said the bearings were put in wrong - cannot remember how. Maybe too tight. Memory going. Sorry.

Anyway, yours are OK, so it might have been just a one-off.

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Reply By: Willie - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 04:16

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 04:16
So nobody knows about the water hoses / pipes.

I will have to ring Bushtracker and ask them.

Thanks all,

Willie.
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Reply By: Motherhen & Rooster - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 11:30

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 11:30
Hi Willie

We have recently replaced all our water tanks and the fittings. We purchased rolls of blue hose from Bunnings. They don't call it food grade any more, but call it drinking water hose.

Our breather pipes are trickle irrigation hose with a tickle irrigation tap on them to prevent spillage on slopes when driving, and to avoid any contamination. They are pinned to the under side of the caravan.
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Follow Up By: Willie - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 18:33

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 18:33
Thanks for that info Mrs Chook..

I use the same breather system with taps, because I used to lose a lot of water from the tanks.
But it is a pain in the butt opening and closing them all the time. With the new system, the outlet is high up and there is little chance of losing water.

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Reply By: Leigh & Mita - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 17:50

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 17:50
Geeze Willie, with all those Gold Ingots you've got stored away I thought you would have brought a new BT albeit the depressed gold prices.

All jokes aside, best of luck with the upgrading. I'm seriously considering going down the same track.

As for the gold, I wouldn't mind learning the secrets of "gold panning". The number of times I camp beside sandy creeks and think "I wonder?"

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Follow Up By: Willie - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 18:25

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 18:25
Well it is a coincidence you should mention that Leigh.

I am in money collecting mode at the moment, getting ready to pay for the upgrade in February.

I am selling off heaps of stuff like motor bikes, cars, tinnies, etc and last week I sent all my gold off to a buyer in Bendigo. He has already transferred $15,000 to my account.

It just sat in a jar - I don' miss it. Actually, from a security point of view, I'm glad it's gone.

You should buy yourself a gold pan. Gold panning is a relaxing thing to, in beautifull surroundings.

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Willie.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 21:10

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 21:10
Does the ATO read this Forum?
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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 01:52

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 01:52
It would not affect me in the slightest if they did.
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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 18:56

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 18:56
Leigh and Mita,

Don't bother panning the sand, dig down to get as close to the bedrock as you can - especially in 'trap sites' where the heavy gold will have settled out.

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Follow Up By: Leigh & Mita - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 01:29

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 01:29
DIG, DIG did you say ????

Sound like hard work and may interrupt "wine o'clock time". On second thoughts probably increase the "thirst levels" which may not be a good thing.

BTW John, you still running your web page ???

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Reply By: Leigh & Mita - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 01:33

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 01:33
Stephen

I believe ATO are offering rewards for reporting these "Gold Digging Scoundrels".

I'll go you halves with the reward but don't let Willie know.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 01:53

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 01:53
scoundrels
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 05:01

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Tempting, but I'd rather screw those nice people in the ATO.

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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 18:50

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 18:50
Hi Leigh,
I never had a web page as such but did advertise a CD for a while but that was too much like hard work and cash - so give it away for free these days to those deserving souls we meet in our travels.

I haven't swung the coil on the gold beeper much recently but it may get a bit more use as we swing south through NSW and Vic

Cheers John and Jean
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Reply By: The Hob - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 23:59

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 23:59
Willie

My BT is a Nov 2008 version so I have the filler on the drawer bar and the "new" tanks.

The plumbing in mine is all John Guest fittings on solid pipe.

I have 3 + 1 tanks and when delivered there was only one breather for the 3 non-potable. It did not work and siphoned water across tanks etc. So I used light irrigation pipe to install individual breathers for each tank. (had 1 so I installed two more. I took the pipe up the front wall like the BT breather and find no need for taps.

Just after filling there may be a slight loss on the first corner but the loop up the front wall quickly prevents further loss.

On the end of the pipe I have used gauze to allow air and water to escape when filling and air in when using the tanks. The gauze also stops the mud wasps from building in it. Only had to replace them once from gravel rash but it is a quick and easy job.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 03:56

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 03:56
Thanks for the info. Alan. Photos show your overflow idea clearly.

For some reason, I had it in my mind that there was a connection teat in the filling cap area, but I just had a look and there isn't. I would somehow have to tap it into the side of the inlet pipe. This might be beyond one with as little skill as me.

My tanks are at the back - I don' want to run overflow pipes all the way to the front from there, so I will have to come up with a new plan.

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Follow Up By: The Hob - Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 06:10

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 06:10
Fair enough Willie

Your tanks are probably different from mine.

Mine have a filler/exit outlet at the bottom and another outlet at the top for the breather. All on one side. There is another outlet on the other side at the bottom with a drain plug. Have used these to drain the tanks but have had a hard time sealing them up again.

Originally the breathers were connected to a common line which caused the problems.

I just separated them and ran them individually to the front like the other BT one.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 21:17

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 21:17
Thanks Alan. Mine is a 2001 model, with the covers over the tanks.

I found with the std overflow set-up, I lost a lot of water, so I put taps on both hoses.

Willie.
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Reply By: Downunder - Monday, Nov 10, 2014 at 03:25

Monday, Nov 10, 2014 at 03:25
Willie,
Not sure which tanks you have, the original Camec 80 litre type or the new type that apparently don't have/need the gal cover. If you have the new ones I can't help as my van is 2001 vintage. Not sure why they went away from the 'at tank' breathers as they work fine, at least on mine they do.
Replacing the old ones is easy and each has its own breather that vents under the van and alongside the individual tank. I have replaced 2 of mine and simply reused the breather pipe from the tank removed. The hardest part is sealing around the breather pipe as it exits from the tank but if you clean it up properly and scuff it you can achieve a seal using black Sikaflex, just let it dry for a few days before manhandling it back under the van. Normally, getting anything to stick to this type of plastic is almost impossible but with the right preparation and allowing time for the Sikaflex to go off it can work. Mine done over 2 years ago and still Ok.
I replaced the tank filling hoses which were just 25mm clear plastic pipe and replaced the tank to pump hoses with drinking water hose from Bunnings. Replace clamps as necessary.
Cheers, Bill
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