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RE: Places to fill with fresh water and clever ways to fill ..

I return to town every couple of days. 10 gallons can last a long time, if I river shower or also fill a few porta-shower bags. I am thinking of a larger installed tank but seeking ideas of where to find places to fill it.
wildwind.creations 06/02/21 09:44pm Beginning RVing
Places to fill with fresh water and clever ways to fill ..

I will soon own a 22 ft converted school bus. I wild camp so am never in a camp ground. I haven't seen too many places to fill with water. Gas stations have them less and less. My water tanks are small portables, but I'd be inclined to install a large tank if I felt sure I can keep it full. A clever way to fill jerry cans is with simple clear drinking water hose from home depot. Have two different diameters. they are so pliable they can slip over a faucet in any restroom. I searched on amazon for such a connector, but could not find and realized I was overthinking it and just use the home depot hoses. Looking for ideas of where to look for outdoor water faucets.
wildwind.creations 06/02/21 08:44pm Beginning RVing
RE: Recycling engine heat for hot water tank

I am still shopping for the bus .... Mine will be stripped without much installed. It likely will be 2008 +/_ a few years. It seems you get the most for your money around that year. It should be lighter than original. What is "FF" muffler?
wildwind.creations 06/02/21 08:33pm Beginning RVing
RE: Recycling engine heat for hot water tank

Please clarify, is there an added benefit to reduce eng temp and less cracked manifolds if I run a "temp" hose to the water heater? I can see how not worth costs just for hot water.
wildwind.creations 06/01/21 12:02pm Beginning RVing
RE: Recycling engine heat for hot water tank

ALL FANTASTIC INFO HERE THANKS TO EVERYONE! A 2008 short school bus is $8000 and seems built for long life. It seems an economical option? Perhaps used tires or parts could be found cheap? I had not considered costs of repairs. All you need is the water heater with the plumbing for the engine coolant and some heater hoses to run the coolant back to the heater. Heater hose is not going to be a cost consideration on this project. The risk is that your engine now has more places to leak coolant. Yes, it is nice to have hot water after driving. Sure, it will get cold eventually, or will run out after use. I had a class c and the fresh water tank was under the floor and next to the exhaust pipe; 35 gallons. After a long drive the water would be warm enough for a shower, all 35 gallons. Yes nice. To save water a cold shower does the trick. To use a lot of water then a warm shower does the trick. Can I talk you out of a school bus? Have you checked the price of just one tire? I owned a 3/4 ton truck. Everything is more expensive to replace and work on. I can't imagine something bigger being cheap to own. Consider something more reasonable. A truck and pull a trailer, or buy a box van and convert that, it at least has normal automotive parts and tires.
wildwind.creations 05/25/21 08:30am Beginning RVing
RE: Recycling engine heat for hot water tank

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wildwind.creations 05/22/21 04:22pm Beginning RVing
Recycling engine heat for hot water tank

I'm buying a short school bus and want to use engine heat for the water tank. Last post here is over 10 years old, quoted at bottom. I haven't decided if even gas or diesel, but likely will be a gas Ford 450 21 ft. Is it worth it and what is an easy way to reuse engine heat? I am also looking at putting a water tank next to tail exhaust, as lots of room down there for a big tank! But all that work gets expensive and don't feel it's worth it. Perhaps simply use solar panels (they now are so cheap), then I don't even have to drive. But TWO ways to heat is better than one. One user posted its great to arrive end of day with full tank of super hot water ... Yes sir I agree with that!! Here is from a 2009 RV.NET post...... Any idea how much this costs to install at an RV dealer? Quote: My only concern, comming from the automotive industry, would be letting the coach builder touch the engine coolant system. Too many variables (flow, volume, etc) to calculate, and a much longer run would put variables that I don't know if I would like. My 1990 Winnebago Warrior has the Motor Aid package also. This heats the hot water tank and provides cabin heat. The owner's manual says it also provides more heat-removing capacity for the engine. The thermostat should prevent it from ever over-cooling the engine. I'd think if they have been doing this for 20 years if there were problems they have hopefully been ironed out. Steve
wildwind.creations 05/22/21 04:21pm Beginning RVing
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