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Has anyone ever used a plastic van gas tank for gray water

Postby ibbuckshot » Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:32 pm

Greetings folks,
I tried to get some feed back on the General discussion page but no one would give me any ideas :? . I am planning my caned ham type camper. I wanted to have some gray water storage. I have an old gas tank that once lived in a Ford astro van. It's about 4ft long, 10 in wide and 12 in high. If I can adapt the intake from the sink and shower and dump valve fittings I think I can hang this tank under the frame. I think it is about 20+ gal. Even if it's a bit less I think it would work out. Anyone have a handle on where to find plumbing fittings that can be installed in a tank like this ? ? ? Thanks for your help........
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Re: Has anyone ever used a plastic van gas tank for gray wat

Postby dales133 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:36 pm

Just use regular household plumbing compression fittings either that or hoses and nipples/clamps
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Re: Has anyone ever used a plastic van gas tank for gray wat

Postby LandCommander » Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:59 am

Getting the water in should be fairly easy, but for dumping I recently had success with a low cost method. I was working with an old rusty existing steel tank. I used a cheap "uniseal" and a 2" pvc ball valve.
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Re: Has anyone ever used a plastic van gas tank for gray wat

Postby lrrowe » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:47 am

Even though it is just for gray water, could food stuff and hair, etc get go down the drain and over time be held bacck because of possible interior baffling.
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Postby bobhenry » Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:11 am

With all the retro fitting and monkeying around I would think a trip to the auto graveyard might be in order. They get wrecked campers and rv's as well as cars. I find little campers setting here and there that could be bought for little or nothing. You might want to look into this as a source as well.
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Re: Has anyone ever used a plastic van gas tank for gray wat

Postby ibbuckshot » Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:42 pm

Yes, you guys are right. I did find a RV junk yard in our area. I plan on checking it out for a flat type gray water take with fittings and valves along with shower, windows and door. I am
looking forward to finding a bunch of GOLD.
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Re: Has anyone ever used a plastic van gas tank for gray wat

Postby 48Rob » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:01 am

Buckshot,

While I'm from the same school as Bob (re purpose and recycle) I would be cautious spending a lot of time and effort on an old tank.

Junkyard campers and RV's generally offer up a lot of cool parts that are perfectly useable, old tanks 90% of the time are cracked or damaged.
Most I've inspected are also brittle from age.

Considering you can pick up a clear water tank, and often odd gray tanks on E bay pretty cheap, it might make more sense in the long run.

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