In this post, I’m going to briefly explain my water system and the installation in my van conversion.
While living full-time in the van I am going to need water for loads of different uses such as cooking, cleaning, drinking and a shower.
This is the diagram of my water system setup.
1. Water tank
The tank I have is a 70 litre Fiamma tank, £65 off eBay.
I built the kitchen unit around the water tank for it to fit nicely and not take up much room as im limited for space. You can see how I did this in my other post Fitting kitchen unit and worktop.
Before the tank can be fixed in place, the inlet and outlet needed to be installed on the tank.
The water inlet is at the top of the tank.
Once the inlet and outlet were fitted, the tank was fixed in place inside the kitchen unit. The fixings were provided with the tank.
2. Water pump and accumulator
- Trail King 20psi water pump £49.50 eBay. Used to pump the water from my tank to kitchen sink and instant hot water.
- Fiamma water accumulator £23.98 eBay. Used to keep a smooth constant flow of water and extend the life the water pump.
- The pipe is fixed down with plastic clips.
- The pump and accumulator are screwed to the kitchen unit.
Hot and cold water pipe needs to be connected to the flexible pipe from the tap. The cold water pipe comes from the accumulator and the hot water pipe will come from the instant hot water tank, I will explain more about hot water in my next post.
To connect the hot and cold pipe to the flexible tap pipe I purchased a ½ inch BSP To 8mm Female Barb Hose Tail Fitting.
4. Waste water
The waste water from kitchen sink will go through a pipe under the van with a tap on the end to let the water out. I have a waste water container on my roof that I will bring down to use when to collect the water and dispose of, but most of the time I will just let the water go straight on to the ground.
I cut a 32mm hole in the floor for the pipe to go through to the underneath of the van.
I sealed around the hole with black waterproof silicone.
I used a pipe reducer so the pipe could fit the waste trap.
The waste pipe has a tap at the end to let the water out. I leave it open most of the time, but when in certain areas parked up ile dispose of the dirty water in a portable waste container. This is stored on the van roof when not in use.
The waste pipes are secured/fixed in place with cable ties. On the chassis of the van, there are some little holes in places that I could connect the ties too.
This post has been a brief description of my water system in my van conversion and I really hope it has helped or inspired anyone reading this. Any questions please don’t be afraid to ask.