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Old 10-22-2019, 07:47 PM
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Water can for Smittybilt Atlas swing-away gas can rack

One of the things bad things about moving from a truck to a Jeep for overlanding is the lack of a tailgate. I sure do miss that workspace! For many years I've been able to prop my Reliance water cans on the tailgate and have an elevated source for water. Not with the jeep - they sit back to far and just dribble on the bumper.

So I'm thinking about replacing one of the 5 gallon gas cans (I rarely need both) for water so that it is elevated and handy right near the back of the jeep.

The challenge is that only certain cans will fit - My green NATO can won't fit th driver's side of the rack because of the offset and height of the cap. I need to find a plastic bottle that will fit within the same dimensions as these red "Harbor Freight" Jerry cans (which have lousy pour spouts, btw!)

Has anyone else figured out a good system? If not, I'll figure something out and post back...







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Old 10-23-2019, 12:44 PM   #2
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Would a Pro-Quip 22L water can work?



Perhaps two 2-gal. Rotopax water cans?



My Rock Hard 4x4 can mounts with Wavian NATO- style gas can and Pro-Quip water can:
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Old 10-23-2019, 01:38 PM
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In looking at the ProQuip and Wavian 22L water cans, they appear to be about an inche too wide (thick) to fit in the bottom wells of the Smittybilt carrier.
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My 22l Pro Quip water can measures 6 1/2" W at the lip of my can mount and 6 3/4" at the widest part.
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Wavian 5G/20L in blue for water fits. Same as their red for gasoline, yellow for diesel. They do not make a white can.
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Wavian 5G/20L in blue for water fits. Same as their red for gasoline, yellow for diesel. They do not make a white can.
Have you tested it on both sides of the carrier? It looks like the fill cap is centered and fairly low, so it shouldn't make a difference.

One thing I just noticed about the Wavian can is that it has a spout at the bottom that might be PERFECT for using the water as it is hanging off the carrier.


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Wavian 5G/20L in blue for water fits. Same as their red for gasoline, yellow for diesel. They do not make a white can.
Well I just received my Wavian PLASTIC water can and realized that when you said "Wavian 5G/20L" you must have been referring to the METAL can not their plastic one.

Because the plastic one most definitely does NOT fit and is about an inch wider than the metal cans.

It is slightly shorter, and will clear the overhead bend of the Smittybilt bar, but I am very disappointed to find that they don't fit into the bottom tray because they are too wide. Also for $45, the construction isn't any better looking than my $15 Reliance cans from Walmart. This one is just a slightly more convenient shape for loading into a truck or jeep because it is more upright.

So... The search continues for a good water can that will fit the Smittybilt carrier...

Pictures are of a Midwest Industries 5800 can (Red) a Lexington Container 20L NATO can, and the Wavian 22L water can.









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Photos of the various cans in relation to the can carrier?

The photos posted above do a good job of illustrating the differences between the various containers but not the issues with fitment in the can carrier.
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Photos of the various cans in relation to the can carrier?

The photos posted above do a good job of illustrating the differences between the various containers but not the issues with fitment in the can carrier.

I was able to force the Wavian can onto the carrier and spent a weekend with it in the back country. The petcock that comes out the bottom *could* be really handy, except that it threads in very loosely and then just jumps the threads and spins when tightened before it even becomes snug. Because it has an o-ring, it doesn't leak, but it makes one-handed operation impossible, since when you try to open the petcock, the entire assembly rotates and then begins leaking. VERY poorly designed.

The search continues for the ideal on-board water scenario...






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[QUOTE=sbsyncro;34573603]I was able to force the Wavian can onto the carrier and spent a weekend with it in the back country. The petcock that comes out the bottom *could* be really handy, except that it threads in very loosely and then just jumps the threads and spins when tightened before it even becomes snug. Because it has an o-ring, it doesn't leak, but it makes one-handed operation impossible, since when you try to open the petcock, the entire assembly rotates and then begins leaking. VERY poorly designed.

The search continues for the ideal on-board water scenario...

@SBSYNCO I too am very interested in what you find. I also have the Atlas rear bumper with tire carrier. Hauling around 10gal of gas is rarely needed but 5 of gas and 5 of water would be great. This bumper only looks complete with both cans. Maybe calling Smittybilt for a suggested can?

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