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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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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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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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$50 Is THE NEW $12 !!!

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(especially on no-longer-made items! seems like the price immediately doubles!)

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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? RNGR4
 

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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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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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Blast from the past!

Wow I haven't thought about those canvas water bags in years. Used to be that almost every 5 ton truck heading toward the Delta corridor at 29 Palms had several of these hanging from the front bumber.
 

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I got three of the new bags that some are calling "Desert storm bags", they are made in England and hold about a gallon of water. I do not like the fact that they have no screw on cap you have tie the neck closed with the cotton strip of rope the is sewn on the neck. I went to the hard ware store and bought a PVC fitting and screw on cap, pushed it down in to the neck and put a few wraps of 550 round it and rolled the neck back around the 550, now I have a screw on cap. they take a few days of soaking to get them swelled up to not leak to bad but they do hold water for a week after that, I think I read some where that if you fill them with sugar water they will seal better and get rid of the canvas taste faster.

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