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Old 12-09-2012, 05:26   #1
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Disadvantages of bladder tank?

I have bladder tanks for both fresh water and waste holding that need replaced on a new project of mine, a Frances 26. I have never used bladder tanks. Locations for both tanks could fit a rigid tank and I am debating which way to go.

What are the disadvantages and advantages when comparing at bladder tanks and rigid tanks?

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Old 12-09-2012, 06:12   #2
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Re: Disadvantages of bladder tank?

A lot of people find that bladder tanks for drinking water give it a sort of "plasticky" taste. Bladder tanks for waste holding, by their nature, do not allow the proliferation of aerobic bacteria that is needed to control odors. Hence, they contribute to the stinky head problem.

Personally, I would never consider a bladder holding tank.

I would also not use a bladder for my "normal" drinking water. I might consider it as a supplementary tank when I was going to be away from fresh water sources for a long time, and wanted to carry a larger than normal amount of drinking water.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:25   #3
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Re: Disadvantages of bladder tank?

Nice thing about bladders is that they conform to the shape of awkward compartments and thus critical additional stowage is acquired as in O.P. 26' Frances.
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