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Old August 22nd, 2011, 05:43 PM   #1
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Flax/Canvas radiator water bags, any body know where to find them?

I'm tring to find a couple of radiator water bags,[remember them] any body know of a source for them? I found some place in California that makes them but they want $52.00 each and you have order a min of 2, I was hoping not to have pay that much. They make them in Australia and they are not to bad price wise but by the time you ship them over here I'm back up to over $50.00 again. There are some used ones on E-bay, but I want one I can use. Thanks for any help.

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Old August 22nd, 2011, 07:26 PM   #2
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I’ve seen them in feed stores that carry tack.

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Was this your source:

Canvas Specialty
7344 E. Bandini Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
T: 3237238311
F: 3237243848

Mentioned in a post at Dodgepowerwagon.com, 10 years ago. $12 then...

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I'm a car buff, but just what is/purpose of a canvass radiator water bag???? dozier

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Was this your source:

Canvas Specialty
7344 E. Bandini Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
T: 3237238311
F: 3237243848

Mentioned in a post at Dodgepowerwagon.com, 10 years ago. $12 then...
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 11:07 AM   #6
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Its basicly a big flexible canteen, they are made from heavy canvas or flax fabric, you would soak them in water for a couple of days so the fabric swell up and then fill them with water either for drinking or dumping in your radiator when the car would over heat[common problem 50 years ago]
they would usually keep water about 30 cooler from evaporation then ambient temp. A friend of mine used to keep one in his garage all the time full of well water, I would allways take a pull off it every time I came over to his place, best water ever. you have to fill them a few time to get rid of the fabric flavor but once you did they were great here in the summer heat.

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Its basicly a big flexible canteen, they are made from heavy canvas or flax fabric, you would soak them in water for a couple of days so the fabric swell up and then fill them with water either for drinking or dumping in your radiator when the car would over heat[common problem 50 years ago]
they would usually keep water about 30 cooler from evaporation then ambient temp. A friend of mine used to keep one in his garage all the time full of well water, I would allways take a pull off it every time I came over to his place, best water ever. you have to fill them a few time to get rid of the fabric flavor but once you did they were great here in the summer heat.

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Thanks earthquake, I get the idea now. A few years ago I bought a Swiss Surplus rubberized canvass potable water bag from CTD. Folds flat, about the size of a pillow and holds 5 gal of water. Has rope handles to hang either side up. A HD cap for filling w/push button spout. Can't exactly remember the exact price, but was under $20. Military stamping states that the bag is made for "Eau Potable Wasser". Do a little google search, maybe this is what you are looking for. Good luck. dozier


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Nearly thirty years;

It's been a while since I was West of Omaha, but these water bags used to be in everytruck stop and "filling station" West of Denver as I recall. We used to see them hanging off the front of cars and trucks in the West. Maybe cell phones have done away with preparedness?

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Its basicly a big flexible canteen, they are made from heavy canvas or flax fabric, you would soak them in water for a couple of days so the fabric swell up and then fill them with water either for drinking or dumping in your radiator when the car would over heat[common problem 50 years ago]
they would usually keep water about 30 cooler from evaporation then ambient temp. A friend of mine used to keep one in his garage all the time full of well water, I would allways take a pull off it every time I came over to his place, best water ever. you have to fill them a few time to get rid of the fabric flavor but once you did they were great here in the summer heat.

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Frequently seen on kids' TV cowboy shows from the '50s, the ones that were sent in the present day, like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. Hanging from below the external front radiator of your jeep, always there whenever you needed a cool drink in the desert, they were further proof to us kids that cowboys were very special people.

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Sounds like you're looking for a Coleman Desert Water bag. I took a quick google check and even the vintage ones are going for ~$60. I also spotted some on eBay for a little less but they were old ones.

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Old August 23rd, 2011, 11:58 PM   #11
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I found these in case any body looking a water bag, there not as big as I would like but they are cheap.
http://www.armysurpluswarehouse.com/...-bota-bag.html
I ordered a couple to see how good they are, I will post on there quality when I get them.

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I may order some of these for the giggles.

http://store.colemans.com/cart/swedi...ck-p-2565.html

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Interesting web-site...

See the 'Desert Water Bag'...

http://ernielb.blogspot.com/2008/05/...bags_8692.html

If they are now being Sold Here New for '$50' Bucks...I Doubt You Are Gonna Fine Them Elsewhere MUCH Cheaper !

http://www.can-spec.com/canspec/prod...ucts.php?ID=14

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I don't see that the Coleman version is going to allow for evaporative cooling like the old-time bags did. But I am a little tempted to buy the canvas company's $50 version.

Somewhere I have a couple of Vietnam-era US Army canteen covers, quart and gallon sizes, that did the same evaporation thing, using a pile lining of some sort, and did so very well- so I don't know why I stopped using them. Hopefully, if and when I do find them again, the canteens will still be in them....

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Gents, I receive the Sportman Guides' email, todays had: Canvas Canteens for 20 bucks.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=815822

Hold 1.5 gallons. I hope this helps.

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