Waste Water/Fecal Tank Loose at Peloponnes | Greece

Repairs between 2011 and 2014

In Greece, combined waste water/fecal tank was almost lost due to improper construction including underdesign of bolts, for more information on the trip see:  www.truck-the-world.com

Waste Water and Fecal Tank Loose in Peloponnes | Greece
Combined Waste Water/Fecal Tank Loose in Peloponnes | Greece
Tank Holding Bolt Sheared off (Middle)
Rear Tank Holding Bolt Sheared off (Middle)
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Front Bolt still in Function, Intermediate Frame Bent

The tank was removed and sanified including sensors. A new construction was designed fixing the tank directly to the frame using 4 lashes welded to the tank, counterparts screwed to frame.

Holding Tank Lashes
New Holding Tank Lashes
New Wastewater/Fecal Frame Mounted Tank
New Wastewater/Fecal Frame Mounted Tank with Lashes left and right

It was found that on narrow roads and tracks, sand ladders were sticking out too far and hit several times. The holding construction was bent and removed.

Former Sand Ladder Holding Construction after Several
Former Sand Ladder Holding Construction after Several

A construction was designed placing ladders laterally as tank protection underneath coffers as seen on Rally Dakar trucks.  Ladders are fixed with belts, a simple light wheight construction with simple handling.

Sand ladders underneath tanks
Coffer Mounted Sand Ladders underneath Tanks

A new coffer was designed to close the space between right side tanks and rear wheel as underride protection.

New Side Coffer
New Alloy Steel Side Coffer

Originally, the truck came with 380V in 5 phases since it was intended to install welding equipment.  This was never done and the generator was rather removed saving wheight and keeping the original cables, plugs and fuses.

Only in 2012 the 380V-network was completely removed. Phase separation was made and additional fuses were installed for the converter and for both 220V phases.

Battery and Fuse Compartment during Work
Battery and Fuse Compartment during Work

Also, after finding 50 litres of fresh water in the cabin and after flooding the battery compartment shown above, it was found that the original flexible, metal-coated pipes were just fixed by tape to walls and bottom. Tape aging led to pipes hanging around or wandering over the ground. Such, friction destroyed metal coating piece by piece under off-road conditions. Broken filaments simply bored the pipes they ought to protect.

All pipes were replaced by simple food safe plastic pipes. This was quite time comsuming since UNICAT design does not provide cable nor pipe channels or easy access.

Also the light weight roof rack was removed completely together with spare tire, front and side beams and search light saving another 150 kg.

New Front after removal of Light Wheight Roof Rack, Beams and Spare Tire
New Front after Removal of Light Wheight Roof Rack, Beams and Spare Tire

All measures taken were designed and mounted by the owner, manufacturing was made by professional companies. The maker UNICAT was not involved.

For more information about works, companies and cost contact the owner.