It never ceases to amaze me how a seemingly simple task can take all freaking day. Jef and I spent all day and part of the night mounting the grey water tank to Gypsy’s underside, and we’re still not 100% finished.
We decided to use water heater straps because they have a nice cinching mechanism that also allows for easy removal if necessary. They appear to work great, but the real test will come when we take Gypsy on the highway and pray that we don’t see a grey water tank tumbling down the road behind us in the rear view mirror.
There’s less than a foot of clearance underneath Gypsy, which made installing the tank a total and complete royal pain in the ass. It wasn’t as big of a pain as removing the seat rails, but after eight hours of inchworming around underneath Gypsy it was starting to feel close. I’ll be perfectly happy if I never ever have to crawl around under my van again, but somehow I doubt I’ll get that lucky.
Since we finished so late at night I didn’t get a photo of the final installation, but here’s Jef with the “Curly Qs” of strapping hanging down.
The lowdown on the tank:
It’s an 8 gallon tank from plastic-mart.com. I also ordered a fitting relocation kit, but I only used the 4″ access plate and the two 5/8″ thru hull fittings. The vent is a 1/2″ elbow adapter from the hardware store. The tank is secured with water heater straps.