Beginning a journey to live more simply…

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011:

Spent a few hours after work creating a pannel to hide the stainless steel potable water tank. We will need to be able to access the tank as well as the other plumbing elements, so we have built this small ‘wall’ to be removable -it is one solid panel that can be easily popped out for access. The permanent frame was constructed of 2X2’s, the removable portion framed with 1X2’s.

Careful measurements were made to ensure that the tank can slide out from it’s nook, but still allowing plenty of room to slide in the washer/dryer combo unit. With such limited space, ensuring that everything fits together is like carefully piecing together a complex puzzle. Planning has been an enjoyable challenge!

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Comments on: "Enclosing the Water Tank." (9)

  1. Steve Hackney said:

    Hello Evan and Gabby,
    I’m not at that point yet, but I had planned to put my potable water tank between the floor joists, under the floor. It didn’t seem to me that I would need access, other than to access the drain. What is your anticipated need to access the tank?

    Thank you for your time and your postings.

    Steve Hackney

    • Hey Steve,

      That’s a really good idea, clever thinking! Will you be able to access the drain from underneath the trailer? Are you concerned about it freezing at all?

      Not sure what our need to access the tank may be, but feel that something could come up. Maybe the need to clean it out from time to time? Who knows- but wanted to leave our options open.

      • Brandon said:

        If you have hard water, you’ll eventually get mineral building up in your water systems. Better safe than sorry on being able to remove it.

        Also, was just thinking (bit late I know), you could really use some toe space under the counters!

  2. [...] We thought it would be a good time to check in with our friends Evan & Gabby who are building a Tumbleweed of their own. One of the most popular questions we receive has to do with water storage. Evan & Gabby have done a superb job finding a place for theirs and concealing it. You can read their insightful comments here. [...]

  3. This is just an idea for an alternative, but what about placing a water tank overhead so you have gravity instead of having to use electricity to pump it? Maybe only for the kitchen, since you’d have to have water pressure to run a dishwasher or washing machine. You didn’t say anything about your setup as far as the pump, but it looks much like an RV setup with a Shur-Flo 12v pump.

    • That’s a really good suggestion, and something that we had seriously considered. In the end, Gabby couldn’t convince me that giving up space in the sleeping loft was worth avoiding the RV water pump… Though, as you, her intention to conserve electricity is sound!

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Evan & Gabby

  4. Hi guys! Is this the RV-500 water tank? (Sorry if this has been discussed on another page!) I’m about to start my own Fencl in Southern California in September and am starting to look into all these scary things, eek! I have NO idea what I’m doing :) But it will work because I won’t stop until it does! You guys are super inspriring by the way! Thanks :)
    *Ella

    • Thanks so much Ella, we really appreciate that.

      We actually had our water tank custom made, as we wanted to go with stainless steel over plastic. This also allowed us to have a tank with the exact dimensions that we needed for our kitchen design and layout.

      Best of luck to you as you begin your project. We have found our experience so very fulfilling, and wish you the same!

      Evan & Gabby

      (By the way, we had no idea what we were doing, either. Still don’t with each new part of the project. That’s what has made the learning -and the success- all the more fun!))

  5. [...] We thought it would be a good time to check in with our friends Evan & Gabby who are building a Tumbleweed of their own. One of the most popular questions we receive has to do with water storage. Evan & Gabby have done a superb job finding a place for theirs and concealing it. You can read their insightful comments here. [...]

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