CAMPERVAN CONVERSION – PLUMBING

Plumbing

Finally we, and by “we” I mean Ben, have gotten around to putting together a write up on all the nitty gritty of our van conversion. Without going in to too much detail but, also covering everything, Ben has done a bloody god job!! He does love a good tech talk, so it was a walk in the park for him to whip up these informative posts complete with pros, cons, links, hot tips, photos and even diagrams he drew himself! He also LOVES to help people and share his experience and knowledge so if there is something he has not covered and you want to know, get in touch via the comment box or on Instagram/facebook. Cheers guys….

Tech Specs

WATER TANK

80Litre – 1200mm x 345mm x 200mm (Sitting hard up against passenger the wheel arch, inside the van)

Pros

  • Food grade so our water has not had a plastic taste in over 15 months.
  • 80 Litres gives us enough for 4 days showers and drinking/washing – can definitely be pushed out for longer.
  • Atlas tanks are manufactured from food grade polyethylene. Polyethylene is very strong, highly impact resistant and will not rust or corrode.
  • They will put the bungs and outlets in where you want. We can fill ours from the outside of the van with no dramas.

Cons

  • None.

https://atlastanks.com.au/standard-sizes/

HOT TIP: Invest in a food grade drinking water hose and a B.E.S.T water filter to remove bacteria, plastic and chlorine taste from water as you fill.

https://www.bestwaterfilters.com.au/322-h-b-e-s-t-rv-inline-water-filter-plastic-hose-ends/


WATER PUMP

Shurflo Revolution 4009

Pros

  • It’s on demand so the pump is always on, just turn the tap on and the water flows!
  • Very quiet compared to Ebay pumps, have experienced this firsthand.
  • We have a bypass valve which allows us to shut off the water tank, and pump water from a bucket which we have filled from a river or stream, perfect for showers and washing up!  This means we can have extra long showers and not worry about using too much tank water.
  • Perfect for the shower set-up!

Cons

  • I would like to compare it to the 4.5Litre pump, then we could time our showers at 1 minute, knowing we only used 4.5 Litres.

https://www.outbackequipment.com.au/shurflo-4009-12-volt-standard-pump-only


SHOWER

Joolca Hot Tap

Pros

  • Everything about this shower is 100% durable.  We have driven down some of the worst corrugations in the outback and the shower has withstood it all!!
  • It uses on average 33g of gas, so that’s just under 100 showers from a 3kg bottle.
  • Igniter for the flame runs off batteries so no need to wire the shower unit into the 12v system. BUT you do need a 12v pump to pump water through the unit.
  • Hot showers errry night!!
  • Can plumb into water tank or use pump in van to use water from a river or stream (We have done this many times).

Cons

  • Wind will blow the flame out if you don’t cover the unit below the exhaust, easily fixed by covering with a box on installation, or a towel if already installed (this is what we do as we only figured out the issue after installation.
  • Can’t mount in a tight space or anything above it as it exhausts from the top and gets very hot.

How it works:

The Shower unit is screwed to a panel inside one of our sliding doors.  We ran a water line to the water pump with a valve inline so we can shut it off when travelling.  We also have the pump on a two-way switch, one switch is near the tap at the back at the van and one is right next to the Joolca Hottap.  So, when showering we can turn the pump on and off at the flick of a switch. (Very handy when conserving water).

BEN’S DIAGRAM OF WATER TANK BY-PASS


CLICK HERE FOR ELECTRICAL TECH SPECS AND HERE FOR THE VAN ITSELF & FITOUT

http://saltysummits.com.au/2019/05/12/campervan-conversion-3/
http://saltysummits.com.au/2019/05/12/campervan-conversion-2/

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