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Old 02-08-2016, 05:25 PM   #31
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Looks good. How about replacing with 5/4 1x6 treated bullnose, just incase you develope a rotting issue.
That might have been a better idea... but at the time, I was only prepping for the 1K miles tow to Goshen - assuming they would replace my wood. What I used is cedar fence pickets which will last longer than white wood or pine. Two more facts (or opinions presented as facts): After my adjustments to 2 dump valves, I don't have any water in there now (hopefully). Also, the Goshenites put all my coroplast back and sealed all seams around it.I hope that seals out water but, for a fact, I don't plan on opening that bottom unless I detect a problem!
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Old 02-08-2016, 05:27 PM   #32
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Yea call the dealer. Things like this just really make me mad. Spend all that money and that crap.
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Old 02-08-2016, 05:37 PM   #33
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Old 02-08-2016, 10:27 PM   #34
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I finally got the tank detached and removed while laying in the snow this evening (well, it was snowing, I was on cold dry pavement). The coraplast got stuffed back up and held in with a ratchet strap. Drove 30mph back to the dealership, but got it there in one piece. Now it's time for a good nights sleep. Thanks to everyone for sharing.
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Old 02-09-2016, 10:40 AM   #35
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I finally got the tank detached and removed while laying in the snow this evening (well, it was snowing, I was on cold dry pavement). The coraplast got stuffed back up and held in with a ratchet strap. Drove 30mph back to the dealership, but got it there in one piece. Now it's time for a good nights sleep. Thanks to everyone for sharing.
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This is total BS,,, The dealer or FR should have sent someone to you !!!
It is stories like this that make me wonder if I even want to take my unit out of the yard,,, or maybe hang a For Sale sign on it ???
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Old 02-09-2016, 11:55 AM   #36
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BS but reality is tanks aren't designed to be towed with water in them and many dealers/manufacturers will not warranty a tank that fell out.-search internet to see the horror stories.

Solution is to be your own warranty and fix it yourself. Many options out there.

I use angle iron to reinforce poor tack welds on thin flanges or thin straps that will fatigue and fail from vibration.

I also use threaded rod for vertical supports into frame that I then run beams across.

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Old 02-09-2016, 12:11 PM   #37
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BS but reality is tanks aren't designed to be towed with water in them and many dealers/manufacturers will not warranty a tank that fell out.-search internet to see the horror stories.
Huh? Why do they put a decal on the trailer telling you how much a full load of water weighs and that it must be subtracted from cargo capacity? I do not really care what it weighs if the trailer is sitting in the back yard. Out of 3 trailers purchased new I do not ever remember reading in a manual not to tow with tanks full, or seen a warning decal saying not to, or noticed a warranty exclusion.

All it amounts to is piss poor design and piss poor assembly. A travel trailer is worthless if you can't move it with full tanks. It stops being a travel trailer and starts being a mobile home.
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Old 02-09-2016, 12:32 PM   #38
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At some National Park campgrounds you have to drive a few miles with a full water tank and back out with full grey and black tanks. I have had five campers and I have never had a water tank to fall out, that's just poor workmanship. But I understand how the manufacturing RV goes, spend as little on them as you can to get them out the door as you possibly can. That's with all the manufacturing in the RV industry. That's why we have cheap tires.


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Huh? Why do they put a decal on the trailer telling you how much a full load of water weighs and that it must be subtracted from cargo capacity? I do not really care what it weighs if the trailer is sitting in the back yard. Out of 3 trailers purchased new I do not ever remember reading in a manual not to tow with tanks full, or seen a warning decal saying not to, or noticed a warranty exclusion.

All it amounts to is piss poor design and piss poor assembly. A travel trailer is worthless if you can't move it with full tanks. It stops being a travel trailer and starts being a mobile home.

The label is there for TOWING purposes. If you want to tow it someplace with a full fresh water tank, you supposed to make sure your "other" cargo + the weight of the water doesn't exceed the GVW of the trailer.
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BS but reality is tanks aren't designed to be towed with water in them and many dealers/manufacturers will not warranty a tank that fell out.-search internet to see the horror stories.

Solution is to be your own warranty and fix it yourself. Many options out there.

I use angle iron to reinforce poor tack welds on thin flanges or thin straps that will fatigue and fail from vibration.

I also use threaded rod for vertical supports into frame that I then run beams across.

Nice support,,, but I do not understand your belief that tanks are not designed to be towed when full ??? If that is true,,, then what are the tanks for ??? Is this also true for Black & Gray tanks ???
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