By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands, TNC
I hope you all don’t mind another fire equipment post.
UTV skid unit tanks: The best part of a Utility Vehicle is its mobility on prescribed fires. In my humble opinion 50 gallons of water is plenty to carry on a UTV. RKO Enterprises ordered me in this tank from United Plastics Fabricating as I wanted to reuse an old reel and pump and save money plumbing it myself.
Although 50 gallons is plenty, back then I purchased a 90 gallon tank for a Kubota RTV, which is a beefy but slow UTV. It lugs this load even slower. Lesson learned is less is more.
I point to the sump on the bottom of the tank. If you don’t have a sump then you will carry water around your tank that your pump can’t access to spray. Make sure you buy a tank with a sump.
The tank has internal baffles that diminish the slosh as you drive.
The skid unit should be small enough to fit in the bed with tailgate up. You want the weight as far forward in the bed as possible. The tank should be low enough for the driver to see over the top of the tank. The pump motor is on a skid platform rear of the tank. The hose reel is either next to the pump and motor if there is room, or on top of the tank if need be.
I like the half inch thick black polypropylene tanks.
Bolt the tank through the UTV bed and use wide washers to spread the force.