upright or flat?

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  1. rafawindowcleaning

    rafawindowcleaning Well-Known Member
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    Hi

    Soon will be getting a scull wanted a 500l tank in it but can't decide flat or upright? Pros and cons? Cheers
     
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  2. rafawindowcleaning

    rafawindowcleaning Well-Known Member
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    Not a scull but a scudo
     
  3. Alex Gardiner

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    The upright version would give you a higher centre of gravity so the van would be less stable whilst cornering or braking. The flat version would be more inherently stable in the vehicle when full, however if using a large flat tank such as this it would be worth considering adding extra baffling tubes to reduce the wave effect when the tank is partially empty.
     
  4. spruce

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    added to what Alex says:

    The flat tank has a larger footprint and if you are parked 'the wrong way' on a hill you can be end up sucking air if you are low on water.

    Years back a fellow windie had identical 2 vans, one with a upright 400 liter tank and the other with a 400 liter flat tank. He had no end of pumping issues with the flat tank. He would never fit another van with a flat tank for this reason.

    We live in an area where some of our residential work is on steep hills.
     
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  5. rafawindowcleaning

    rafawindowcleaning Well-Known Member
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    Seems like upright it is then :)
     
  6. bluewater

    bluewater Newcomer
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    Hi guys I have installed a 400 litre and 350 litre flat tank in my van, they are joined together. I must say I have had no issues with my pumps. I would personally highly recommend a flat tank because the vehicle will handle much better. Ive designed mine with flat tanks aswell so I still have alot of space in the van. image.jpg

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    The "flat" version of the 500ltr Wydale wfp tanks are actually more "cube" shaped- which gives you the best of both worlds & the reason I chose it for my Dispatch. Look online at the dimensions, don't ask me why but this seems only the case for the 500ltr version.
     
  8. SPCleaning

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    I like that bluewater

    I too use a flat tank and have had no issues with it.
     
  9. bluewater

    bluewater Newcomer
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    thanks jp.

    Perhaps something else that helps me avoid problems with sucking air in is my pumps are mounted at the lowest point in the van (in the side door step). That way water will usually always fall towards the pumps when on flat ground. If you have a lot of hils in your area mount the pumps at the one end of the tank so that when the you park the van on the hill, the water will fall towards the pumps. Obviously you will have to work the steet in the right direction so water falls the right way.

    I myself live in the valleys of south wales so theres quite a few hills up this way, but never been a problem for me.
     
  10. bluewater

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    sorry not jp thanks sp
     
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