Wow! I just noticed that it has been a month since my last entry. Not surprising really. I moved to Calistoga, CA at the end of February in connection with a new job and that process, plus added distance from Sparta, has made work on, and discussion about, her more difficult.
So I have ordered three 21 gallon fresh water tanks off Ebay at $39 each, ensuring me a maximum onboard capacity of 63 gallons – admittedly not a lot but, hopefully, enough to get me through between water deliveries, well-water production, a spring-fed aquifer or whatever my future water source may be in my off-grid set-up. It is possible, but unlikely, that my land in Quincy, Ca will have municipal water available. I don’t plan on buying a piece of property with improvements like water, power, etc..
After shopping around, the best deal I could find on these tanks was at R & P Carriages in Seneca, Illinois. I just rec’d them yesterday so I can’t yet comment on their quality but the buying experience (on Ebay) and follow-up customer service was good. I saved well over 50% from other sources that popped up first on a Google search, so shop around. Keep R & P in mind, though.
I have decided to situate these three tanks in the spaces between the cross-beams and the two wheel-wells. As I have mentioned before, these particular gaps are deeper (by 4 “) than those elsewhere in Sparta and will accommodate larger storage vessels. The waste line vent pipe (pictured below left) will be pulled out.
Depicted below is a picture of a representative tank and a crude drawing of the installation. I will be linking three tanks together by connecting tanks 1,2 &3 with water lines (see “Drain Valve” below) and common Air Hose vents. Steel mounting brackets will be affixed below the belly skin to the frame to support these tanks.
The water supply line will feed tank #3 and overflow into tanks 1 & 2 as it is filled. The drain valve will be on tank #1. All three tanks will be vented to breathe, permit more rapid filling and avoid a vacuum. Installation next week.