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Post by Organplayer on Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:56 pm

I was having a look see under the offside of our AS Northants and found a black plastic tank which has a screw cap on the bottom.
Presumably this is a water tank, or maybe not. It is situated close to the LPG locker and almost directly below the interior fresh water tank situated under the offside bed/seat.
There is no filling point or pipe/hose for filling this tank, if it is meant for fresh water storage. The waste water tank is at the other end of the van at the rear.
Perhaps a second fresh water not connectd up?.

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Post by safariboy on Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:25 pm

A photo and size would help.
Could it be the expansion tank for engine coolant.  This is only a wild guess
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Post by Peter Brown on Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:57 am

In a 2017 Boughton (only one I've looked at) the fresh water tank is in two parts, the top part under the seat and the bottom part below it under the floor. The fill is to the top one and they are connected together by small bore piping through the floor. The level measuring studs are spread across both tanks and the freshwater take off is from the bottom tank.

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Post by Organplayer on Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:19 am

Thanks Safariboy and Peter for your informaion.
A friend has an AS Boughton and as you say Peter the water system on his is as you say, with the exception that an internal tank pump is used as opposed to the one fitted inside our van under the wardrobe
Thanks again.
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Post by Paulmold on Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:24 am

What's the purpose of the two tanks, is it just to give a greater capacity and why one inside and one outside?

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Post by Organplayer on Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:03 pm

Hi Paulmold.
Your guess is as good or better than mine. Probably as you say, to increase the amount of freshwater that would be available.
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Post by Peter Brown on Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:58 pm

I did ask when at the NEC, there is a sound reason but I can't remember what it is!!!!

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Post by -mojo- on Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:26 pm

Could it be to reduce weight transfer during cornering/braking? It's just a guess, but the fact that they use small bore tubing between the two would make that theory a bit more likely...
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Post by pstallwood on Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:06 pm

A Bourton has two tanks as, apparently, there is not enough room under the floor on the Mercedes chassis to get a larger tank in. The Mercedes is rear wheel drive and the prop shaft gets in the way so I was told. A Bourton only has a fresh water capacity of about 60 litres and, I guess, the tank inside is about 20 litres so about 40 underneath.

I haven't crawled under the van to see what room is underneath so am only relaying what I was told at the NEC when ordering the van and enquiring about a larger tank.

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Post by Peter Brown on Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:31 pm

Somethings ringing a bell that without the additional capacity above the floor, it would not meet the requirement for NCC approval - but not certain on this.

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