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Old 02-26-2012, 12:19 PM   #1
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Auxiliary Water Tank (in the truck)

Does anyone have any recommendations for setting up an auxiliary water tank in the truck?

We do a lot of camping without full hook-ups and often use two 6 gallon water jugs to refill the water tank on the RV. This is not convenient and involves a lot of spillage and more hassle that I would like.

The plan is to develop a 20+ gallon tank setup for the back of the truck and basically leave it in the back of the truck permanently.

This setup would allow us to carry a lot of water for an extended stay (60+gallons). I can only imagine one situation when this would be necessary... our trip to the Nevada desert.

The setup would also allow us to travel with very little water in the RV (and none in the truck), but then we setup camp I can drive to the water station at the forest service campgrounds and fill up the tank on the water tank on the truck. This should allow us to carry less water en-route to many campsites and fill up when we get there (remember there is no water at the campsites - just a watering station). We should save some gas with this set-up so it should pay for itself with the high and rising cost of gas.

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Old 02-26-2012, 01:39 PM   #2
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you would have to set up some sort of a siphoneing device so you can transfer the water from the truck to the camper.

I would think you could get a 15 to 30 gallon clear tank with a hole in the top and use one of those auto siphoning hoses to tranfer the water from one tank to the other - the only part I would be concerned with is filtering to the water from one tank to the other.

I know the company I work for needed a water tank we went to Tractor Supply and bought one of the huge water tanks but I think in your case that maybe a bit of overkill.

Mobile Water Tanks that Fit in the Back of a Pickup Truck

I did a search on Metacrawler for "water tank in back of truck" and came up with a bunch of places that sell water tanks
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:56 PM   #3
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Here is what I use. I keep the tank in the bed of my truck. I Attached a 12V. R.V. pump, to an old R.V. water hose and run the pump, off my truck 12v accessory outlet. My FW is in storage, so I have no pics ( the tank set-up is inside the FW).



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Old 02-26-2012, 03:21 PM   #4
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A cheap option is 55 gal plastic barrels, I see them in my area on Craigslist for about $20 each. Food grade from a local bakery, claim to hold oatmeal, flour etc. Rense em out good, a bit of bleach and get a 12v pump, your in business
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A cheap option is 55 gal plastic barrels, I see them in my area on Craigslist for about $20 each. Food grade from a local bakery, claim to hold oatmeal, flour etc. Rense em out good, a bit of bleach and get a 12v pump, your in business
tonyz is right, make sure container is made of a non-toxic material.....
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:48 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info!

I would have never considered horse tanks - that is an interesting option and one that I am considering.
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Thanks for the info!

I would have never considered horse tanks - that is an interesting option and one that I am considering.
you can also buy NEW CLEAN never used plastic 55's from your local oil distributer.
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:56 PM   #8
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Finished -- H2O Tank installed

Found this tank on Amazon w/ free shipping!

The tank is a 30 gallon made by Valterra. The tank is only 8" deep, so it does not take up much real estate in the back of the truck bed. We 'hydro tested' the tank to see if she's water tight then put in a little pink RV antifreeze until we're ready to camp in a few weeks.

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Found this tank on Amazon w/ free shipping!

The tank is a 30 gallon made by Valterra. The tank is only 8" deep, so it does not take up much real estate in the back of the truck bed. We 'hydro tested' the tank to see if she's water tight then put in a little pink RV antifreeze until we're ready to camp in a few weeks.

thats an amazing tank you got there Darren, it is so clean and clear I dont even see it

Let's see the pictures of it in the bed - I am intrested to see it
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Thanks, Matt.

I looked at a lot of options before going in this direction. The tank is 60" wide and requires a bit of finesse to get it in place - so this is a semi-permanent install. I don't plan on removing the tank unless there is a very compelling reason.

We're looking forward to trying it out on our upcoming outing. The ABS tanks do not have inlet or outlet drains installed, so I had to cut in 3 holes for the water fittings. The one on the top for fill is near drivers side for easy filling. The drain fittings are on the left and right sides of the tank ( two 3/8 fittings running to 1/2" pex "T" fitting then to a hose nozzle) - I figure that the tank will be able to drain fairly well when the truck is leaning to the left or right.
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