2013 Night Armor Xterra S
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Vacaville, CA
Turning this into a build thread.
Going to begin updating this as I build this system.
First is finding a place for the tank and sourcing the parts. I liked the placement in the spare tire void I saw in another thread. I plan on installing a tank there, today I will be measuring the depth, length and width of the void and finding a tank. The major concern is building a suitable frame for the tank which can be released using fasteners which will extend into the hidden cargo area for ease of access.
I think that the Valterra 12 Gallon Freshwater tank will fit in the void, at 8" deep, 24" long and 16" wide. If not, the 9 gallon certainly will at 18" long. The plan will be to place 4 14-gauge unistruts on the top and bottom across the width to distribute weight and support the tank. Two pieces will run along the length of the bottom to hold front and back and also take weight. The benefit of the lateral unistrut is that I can thread a single bolt through the top to bottom and tighten down to provide physical support to the tank, additionally, the longitudinal struts will help objects (rocks?) slide along the unit. A piece of sheet may be placed as a skid plate between the lateral and longitudinal struts. See the photo below for the layout!
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Last edited by Taylor Spaulding; 04-14-2019 at 10:32 AM.