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Old 05-03-2012, 10:44 PM   #11
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I know I have seen a picture like this before. I spent the last hour looking for it and can't find it. If the original poster of that photo is still online please chime in.

If the tank bottom is bowed like that, IMO the under tank support is broken or missing.

The belly of the tank should drain toward the dump valve. With a "belly" like that there is no way for the tank to completely empty; worse yet the solids will settle in the "belly" and create an odor problem.

This needs to be looked at by the dealer or photos sent to FR for a decision.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:03 PM   #12
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An 06 model is out of warranty and I doubt FR will do anything. I would be heading out to buy a pc of 2" x 4" x 0.075 tubing 8' long and bolting the 2" side to the frame right in the middle of the tank.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:37 PM   #13
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Lou, I doubt FR will stand behind their product, but I will give it a shot with emailing pictures to them. The camper is setup on a seasonal site, and would cost me probably a couple hundred bucks to tow it to a dealer for them to tell me they cannot do anything for me. In my opinion it is obviously mfg defect. My previous camper was an 97 37' Keystone Sprinter and I know my black tank did not look like that!
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:43 PM   #14
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:48 PM   #15
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Quote:
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Pomme De Terre: French for potato
That would be correct!
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:51 PM   #16
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My money is on that tank being over pressured to almost the point of failure. You may be forced to replace it; but before you do see if there is a way to jury rig something to hold the bottom flatter.

Like a piece of 3/4 treated marine plywood. Hold it up with a pair of screw jacks (sloped towards the outlet valve) and see if you can get a complete flush. If you can I say leave it alone until you are ready to move it off the seasonal site and either take it right to the dealer for replacement or try and do it your self (might be a LOT of work as you may need to drop or spread the angle iron side supports).
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:54 PM   #17
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:02 AM   #18
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actual translation is "apple of the earth" but the French-English is potato.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:03 AM   #19
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Lou, I was thinking the same thing with jacks and and plywood...it just hacks me off that it did this. Dumb question, but how would it become over pressured to the point of failure. Maybe the roof vent got clogged? I do not know the the complete history on this camper, I bought it in February from the original owner.
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Herk, how about using a sheet of 3/4 cd plywood and the 2" x 4" tube and have a permanent fix. Takes all the load off the tank itself and just makes it a non-load bearing container.
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