I just completed some plumbing mods to the Silver Streak.
1. Move the 20 gal water tank 5" forward to create room for a future inverter.
2. Replace valves with quarter-turn ball valves.
3. Resolve interior fill issue. The original interior fill location in my van pointed downwards because of a lack of room between the top of the water tank and the underside of the gaucho. This was fine for filling the tank, but not so fine for pouring tank treatments such as bleach or vinegar into the tank.
4. Replace the old water filter with a new, easily-cleaned model.
The Original Setup:
The original setup is classic SMB. In order to create sufficient floor space to install an inverter aft of the water tank, I needed to move the tank forward, and eliminate all of the plumbing aft of the tank.
The New Setup:
In my new arrangement,
- the tank is shifted forward;
- the water pump is relocated to between the tank and the exterior wall;
- the plumbing is tight against the aft face of the tank;
- a new tank fill is installed, with the T facing upwards;
- drain and fill have new quarter-turn ball valves;
- I can put bleach into my tank now;
- and I have room for a future inverter.
As a side note, I used both stainless steel cinch clamps and copper crimp rings in this installation. I've always used copper in the past, but I wanted to experiment with the stainless cinch clamps. I like both systems. I found that in some places one was easier to install, and in other places the other was easier to use. It is nice to have a choice.