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    I did detect this kind of flexible water tank inside of a facebook group recently. I really like this solution compared to other ways of water storage.


    They are a perfect mobile solution, easy to install and remove. And no water noise out of the tank, compared to classic water tanks.


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    https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2021...r-bladder.html


    There I start to collect links to competitors too.

    Which water tank solution do you use?

    I guess the water tank gains on priority when you start do do extended trips. For weekends a jerry can is enough capacity for most of us...

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    I am also moving in the direction of collapsible bladders for both water and fuel for extended and remote trips.

    For water I use a combination of a 50l rigid tank behind the seats and 2 x 20l collapsible bladders and usually maybe 2 x 5l PET Water bottles. Total 100 l.

    For fuel I use 4 x 10l collapsible bladders, plus 1 x 20l Jerry Can and the 140l vehicle tanks. Total 200 l.

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    A very nice idea for avoiding a aux. fuel tank who is heavy and cost a lot of cash too.

    Where did you buy them?

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    Default Re: water tank solutions - water bladder

    Also think through possibility of an accident. Heavy things fly through the air at high speed.

    Seen heavy torches mounted on plastic clips in the cab of vehicles for example.

    SUVs are prone to this more than the bakkies or s/cos.

    Witnessed a horrid rollover outside Nata once with stuff having flown about in Defender and caravan.

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    I bought them from a local company, Tent Pro. They come in 20l capacities as well, but I prefer the 10l as they are smaller, easier to handle and store once empty. They are well made and tough.

    https://www.tentpro.co.za/shop/jerry...or-petrol-new/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed rouillard View Post
    Also think through possibility of an accident. Heavy things fly through the air at high speed.

    Seen heavy torches mounted on plastic clips in the cab of vehicles for example.

    SUVs are prone to this more than the bakkies or s/cos.

    Witnessed a horrid rollover outside Nata once with stuff having flown about in Defender and caravan.
    Indeed, I am always cautious regarding this and strap down where I can. The fuel bladders I empty first, at 6.5 km/l on the trail they are gone and folded away in the first 260km.

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    Default Re: water tank solutions - water bladder

    One of the commercial members on this forum had something similar on offer a while ago (years ?), tried searching for the post but no luck .............
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    Default Re: water tank solutions - water bladder

    How robust are these bladders? They won’t burst or leak will they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kudus View Post
    How robust are these bladders? They won’t burst or leak will they?
    The biggest risk is the bladder being punctured by something. Having water or fuel leak all over your equipment/vehicle can be a rather crappy situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kudus View Post
    How robust are these bladders? They won’t burst or leak will they?
    I can only comment on the Desert Fox fuel/water bladders and the TPU plastic fuel bladders.

    The Desert Fox bladders have a thin linining inside of a robust thick canvas liner. Used mostly by bikers and have excellent reviews.

    The TPU plastic fuel bladders are also very robust reinforced fabric and they to have excellent reviews.

    Neither will do well around sharp objects.

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    Not an expert but I would place those fuel bladders inside a plastic seal able bin incase of puncturing or leaking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post

    I was in there the other day and asked about these - they said they no longer offered due to low demand.

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    I found those bladders risky due to leak issue. Hence my setup is simple and would like to know what those bladders do that these can't.

    3 of these bought from OW. For storage only. Go nicely between fridge and battery box at back of the car.

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    And one of these for using the water. Bought from West Pack. Cheap. The tap is flimsy, hence we keep it empty while driving. It gets full when we are at the camp site. Very useful.

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    @All: thanks for adding alternatives! I will add them too inside of my article soon!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mtber View Post
    The biggest risk is the bladder being punctured by something. Having water or fuel leak all over your equipment/vehicle can be a rather crappy situation.
    It is australien made - and you find even some youtube reviews from different users. Seams too to be stabile:





    I did manage by my normal tank (not bladder) - to flood the inside of the vehicle.


    Just clean water isnt that bad ;-) It will dry in one day.


    At least if you compare to what happens, if you get stuck during driving offroad. You not alway lucky to hit clear river water...





    Too it is not live critical, therfore most of us did carry additional sparkling water, ginger beer or similar...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teryos View Post
    I found those bladders risky due to leak issue. Hence my setup is simple and would like to know what those bladders do that these can't.

    3 of these bought from OW. For storage only. Go nicely between fridge and battery box at back of the car.

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    And one of these for using the water. Bought from West Pack. Cheap. The tap is flimsy, hence we keep it empty while driving. It gets full when we are at the camp site. Very useful.

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    Bladders can be folded up once empty, plastic or steel tanks / cans can't.
    However, at the beginning of a trip they have to fit into or onto the vehicle while full, so space must be allocated to the full bladders anyway.
    Therefore I am not sure that this is a major benefit outweighing the risk of puncture or burst.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4x4tripping View Post
    @All: thanks for adding alternatives! I will add them too inside of my article soon!



    It is australien made - and you find even some youtube reviews from different users. Seams too to be stabile:




    It requires a small needle to get the job done, not 3 pairs of shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teryos View Post
    It requires a small needle to get the job done, not 3 pairs of shoes.
    Dont think that it is that easy. Many australian users seams to be happy.

    And if not - it is always just clear water.

    And not this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4x4tripping View Post
    Dont think that it is that easy. Many australian users seams to be happy.

    And if not - it is always just clear water.

    And not this:

    The threat of puncture is not the mess. It's the fact you've just lost the water you needed to carry. If you not worried about losing the water then you have no need to be carrying it.
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    Default Re: water tank solutions - water bladder

    I have a plastic 40L saddle tank, which has been behind the front seats since about 2014. It acts as a raised floor on which we stack our dirty boots, our lunch making kit (between the seats where we can get at it easily). Apart from filling it before we leave, and draining it when we get home, I never think about it. It has done at least 100,000 km of overlanding and I reckon it is going to outlast me. I wouldn't swap it for the soft version shown in OP's first post, even for free.


    As far as fuel goes, I am fortunate in having a long range tank giving me 145 litres. If I need more for a special leg (up the length of the CKGR say) my answer is 5L bottles from the Plastic Shop. They are easy to tuck in to odd spots. When they are empty, the local population can always use them. The same goes for extra water (I have 90L total tankage).


    There are always different scenarios , but for me I am afraid that I cant see a use for these soft things.
    EXCEPT if you don't have a vehicle dedicated to camping, and need to convert your office ride to a camper once a year. Then the fold-away aspect will make for easy storage.

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