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Pipes Lagged - 1/8/2010

Posted by XenaCommander on August 1, 2010 at 3:49 AM

A weekend trip to Turangi on Xena was combined with some more work on the truck..   TK had driven the car down earlier with a load of supplies..   She had found a place to get pipe lagging tubes which was my next task and I went to Lighthouse Marine this week and purchased the Toilet that I wanted and Vacuum generator to drive it..   So the main task for the weekend was to fit the foam insulation on the water pipes.

When the truck is finished and I am living in it full time it is my intention to spend plenty of time in cold climates so the pipes need to be well lagged to stop them from freezing.  

So  I was under the truck early on Saturday morning...   Brrr..  temperature about 1 degree if not colder...  but clambering around underneath and between the chassis rails was enough to keep me warm...

First I installed the two stop cock taps before the pump which will allow me to select what tank the pump was drawing from...  Pic further down once I had lagged pipes...

Next it was under the truck and wrestling with silver snakes....  measuring... cutting...   tieing down.... I finally got them all done..

Looking good... all tied down..  I will lag the flexible pipe to the pump when I hook the pump up.

These are the shut off taps for each tank..   I colour coded them port and starboard and corresponding colours.  I also put a directional arrow to remind me which way to turn them on... 

Another tick on the task list...

Next I wanted to figure out where I was going to place the toilet and the vacuum generator.. 

This is the Dometic Sealand Vacuum Generator..   I found the only place to put it was between the chassis rails under the floor of the bathroom area..  Close to the toilet and only three or four metres to the black tank.   Now I need to fabricate a bracket for it and then plumb it in.   I started welding the tray that the ply wood will sit in.  I will finish it next trip.

Stay tuned..


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Reply Sumo
6:37 PM on October 8, 2010 
Hi XC thats great I will see you there . Have a safe ride down
Reply XenaCommander
3:08 PM on October 8, 2010 
Hi Sumo.. Yes I am doing the run.. Not sure what day I will go down yet but will see you down there..
Reply Sumo
7:55 AM on October 8, 2010 
will you be doing the grand challenge next week. If so i do hope to catch up with you in Turangi. I am due to arive there Friday afternoon.
Sadly i am unable to do the ride itself bvecause of night blindness but planning on helping out so i hope we can catch up. I ride a silver ZZR1200