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Old 05-09-2019, 12:05 PM   #1
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Plastic weld fresh water tank?

I just purchased a new toy hauler. When getting it home I went to bleach the new tank out and get it ready for future use. Found out it has a nice puncture hole in the side of the tank about 3/4 up. I called the dealer and they first said bring it on down and we’ll replace it. Now that I scheduled it and am looking to take it down there today they mention plastic welding it. I know it’s LDPE plastic and has to be hot welded and cannot be chemically welded.

I told him “lit’s a brand new camper and I don’t want a welded up tank, I’d prefer a new tank with my new camper. He claims it’s very successful and then said it’s not up to them it’s up to forest river.

I am dropping it off after hours but I am leaving a note with the front desk to call me before any repairs are done. And will demand a new tank but don’t know how that will stand.

What’s your thoughts on this?

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Old 05-09-2019, 12:08 PM   #2
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That should've been caught when the dealer prepped it.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:17 PM   #3
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I'd insist on a new tank but not sure what FR will authorize.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:24 PM   #4
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I get it.. you pay for new and expect to get new.

However, replacement of the tank could be a bigger trouble than it's worth. The plastic weld tech out there is actually pretty good. I'd have it welded and don't look at it again.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:24 PM   #5
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That should've been caught when the dealer prepped it.
I agree. Unfortunately When I picked it up i it was hooked up to city water to do the walk through and didn’t think about it
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:29 PM   #6
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New camper, new tank! The trouble is you don't know what else they will break installing another tank.
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Old 05-09-2019, 01:16 PM   #7
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Such a small spot... if the tank were split wide open it would be another matter...
Heck, a piece of Gorilla tape and super glue should hold up there...
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Old 05-09-2019, 02:05 PM   #8
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I agree, new is new and they should be installing a replacement tank, I'd call Forest River direct. It may linger in the dealers lot forever if you get them to replace the tank though.
I've fabricated several tanks using HDPE and a patch will last forever if properly done.
It was obviously installed that way and highlights the fact that Forest River has ZERO quality control. As for dealer prep, most of them rarely do a thorough job of inspecting a trailer, they would rather have you find the flaws and hope you fix them yourself. Some dealers will try and add the dealer prep fees into what they charge you and if they did I'd be asking for that money back as well.

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Old 05-09-2019, 02:06 PM   #9
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Hole in new tank

You paid for a new tank now lets have one. Otherwise certified letter promising small claims action. If they don’t want to do just ask for the name address of the person who accepts small claims service.
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I agree with you and would be lobbying for a new tank if I was in your position. I however do have a good amount of knowledge with plastic welding of water tanks and, in all honesty the welded portion is in fact stronger than the tank itself.
Good Luck with whatever you decide to accept.
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