“The Portage system! Finally a de-mountable tank system so I can use my van for work during the week and for play at the weekend.”
A low-profile tank available in 400, 600 & 800 litre capacities that can be fitted and removed to and from any van in just a couple of minutes. Simply undo the battery quick connector, remove the mounting pin and the tank can be portaged out of your van and stored until needed for the next days work.
The Portage System is available in a number of different specifications. For those who have a static pure water system or operate in soft water conditions Portage has a quick fill cap so it can be used as a simple delivery system with 12v pumps and DI filtration. For hard water areas Portage™ can be configured with full RO/DI filtration with such features as Fast-fill boost pump, ROMS™, PDI™, PFS™ and fully automatic RO flush.
The ergonomic design provides easy access to both the controls for easy operation and to the filter system for ease of maintenance. We’ve incorporated a handy tool tray not only for waterfed poles but all your other window cleaning tools too as well as drinks cans.
Both the 600 & 800 litre tanks have mounting points for the optional multi-position stainless steel hose reels positioned for easy access via the side loading doors.
Unlike other flat tank systems, the underside of the Portage tank has been carefully designed to ensure that 100% of tank capacity runs to the 12v delivery pumps. So unless you’re parked on a steep incline you’ll be able to use every drop of the tanks water capacity even when the water level is low.
Window Cleaner safety has always been our highest priority, the Portage design was inspired after re-watching hours of crash test footage from our 2003 Thatcham crash test program. The lifting forces generated during a certain phase of a head on crash are considerable. For that reason most of the clamping on our other FMVSS-208 tested designs can be found at the rear of the framework. In a head on crash with Portage fitted in a van the absence of clamps at the rear of the tank allows the tank to lift and be arrested by the roof of the van instead. The dimensions of the tank and the FMVSS-208 brackets that fix the tank securely to the chassis at the front combine to prevent the heavy water filled tank from colliding with the driver and passenger seats to avoid fatal crush injuries. The benefit of this design is that whilst security is maintained the tank can be removed in minutes leaving the vehicle free for other uses.
|Mounting In A Pickup Truck:|
A fitting kit is not required for Portage™ tanks that are carried in pickup vehicles. It is however recommended that Portage™ tanks that completely fill the load space are selected. Although it is not a requirement, it is also recommended that Portage™ tanks are secured with ‘tie-down’ straps when transported in pickup type vehicles. If tie-down straps are not used then it is recommended to use wooden blocks to prevent lateral and front to back movement of the tank
|Mounting In A Van:|
It must be understood that in the event of a head on collision an unsecured heavy load need only move the driver and passenger seats forward a small distance for the pre-tensioned seat belts to cause fatal compression injuries. For this reason a Portage™ fitting kit must be installed by a competent person in all vans even when a bulkhead is present. In the event of a head on collision the fitting kits resists the forward movement of the Portage™ tank. The fitting instructions must be followed in every detail
|12 Volt Connection:|
Bearing in mind the demountable nature of the Portage™ tank system, the standard 12v connection is made by means of a quick connect fly-lead that plugs into the cigarette lighter. For more permanent installations are intended other more robust 12v power sources with split charging and quick connections are available as optional extras.