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Old 04-09-2012, 11:36 PM   #1
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Just picked up an A122BH...first problem

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Been lurking for a bit and really appreciate the wealth of knowledge on this board. Recently took the plunge and bought an A122BH. The family and I have been using a 2000 Dutchmen 1204 (pop-up) but got tired of the hassle of the set-up. The A-frame sets ups so much easier. Anyway, I ran into my first problem today. I drained the antifreeze solution in the freshwater tank and had planned on sanitizing it. Part of my procedure was to fill and empty a couple of times. I was careful with the garden hose and filled the water until water came out of the vent. When I went to open the drain the second time I noticed that the tank had deformed and was slipping through the cross members that hold it in place. Dealer is 100 miles away and I don't think I want to drive like this. I am thinking about placing a pice of wood under the tank and use a bottle jack to get rid of more water from the low spot and then maybe pushing it back in place. Anyone else run into a problem like this? See pics below.


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Old 04-09-2012, 11:54 PM   #2
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I've not heard of anyone having that happen with their A-frame hardsiders. Seems like that's a defective tank to me. Must have slipped through the inspection. Mine sags about an inch when full. I think your jack and plank idea is good. Sorry to hear you've had the problem, but it's better to get it fixed while the season isn't fully under way.
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:13 AM   #3
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As a part time RV tech, looks like a defective tank. Might get a couple of rolls of plumber's strap, the thin metal strap with 1/4" holes placed at 1/2" intervals, and see if you can add some straps under the tank. Be careful about drilling holes in the cross members and don't hit the tank, or run the screws in to the tank. May have to mount to a cross member that the tank is not near. Also at one end, just use a piece of short strap, 6 holes or so, then join with a long bolt, so you can tighten as needed, but don't over tighten.

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Old 04-10-2012, 10:00 AM   #4
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My tank does nothing like that, as others said, just a little sag in the center with it full. I've towed it full one time (dry camped with no access to fill up once arrived) and had no issues. I could see your tank dropping if towed full, or even dropping while sitting still. I'd tow empty and keep an eye on it until you can have it in for warranty replacement.

On an unrelated note: Seems like you've got quite a bit of sag there in the rear of your JK and a lot of lift in the front. If you haven't already done so, I would consider looking into a WDH setup. I have a 2011 2 Door JK, and it's even more pronounced with my shorter wheelbase, so a WDH as a must. Really smooths out the ride and makes towing much nicer (and safer by getting that weight back on the front axle).

Here's a post from my thread last year regarding what I settled on:

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I've decided to go with a Reese Round Bar (#66065) WD Hitch and a shank that will allow me to get about 4 - 5 inches of total drop (current bar has a 2" drop and once I load the WD Hitch the total drop needed to be level will be between 3 and 5 inches in my estimate). By the way - I found the 66065 round bar WD Hitch (no shank) for a net cost of $203 at Advance Auto (currently having a 15% off any order of $100 or more). Add the shank and I'm coming in under $275 with free shipping.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:36 AM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback, as for as saying the tank is defective, would you think the plastic is "weak" and deforming too easily or more of a mounting problem?

Jeep4two, thanks for the heads up regarding rear sag, but I think it is a matter of camera perspective. I just installed a equalizer 6K WDH and the measurements before, when hooked up and then with the spring bars attched were spot on. (you can see the bars in the picture) I agree, the WD hitch helps quite a bit, although I will add this is a very nice towing trailer. When I brought it home form the dealer which is 100 miles a way there was quite a crosswind driving up the Sacramento Valley and this trailer had absolutlely zero sway. My pop-up would have been all over the place!
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These tanks needs a few middle supports to keep their shape. I dont see any at all on your pictures. On my minilite I have one middle support but the whole installation is very weak. You can see on the side where the brace is located that the tank is stressing. You can imagine without the brace I am sure that the tank would end up like your tank!
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After seeing your pic's I went out and looked at my tank and to my surprise, it did have a small bulge in the center. I called the dealer and spoke to the service manger and he said that the tank bottom should be flat with water or no water in the tank. That is the way they are designed, his words, not mine. He said he would order me a new tank and call me in about a week to replace it.
Sorry to hear of your tank problem and hope you get it resolved quickly.
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Thanks for the feedback, as for as saying the tank is defective, would you think the plastic is "weak" and deforming too easily or more of a mounting problem?
I'd say its a case of the tank bottom not being thick enough. Whether the tanks are blow-molded or rotary-molded i don't know, but if there's not enough plastic injected into the mold to start with, you'll get a thin wall. Visual inspection at the factory might not show the problem so it could have slipped through. From the experience of others with the same A12x units, when the tank is installed in the intended spot no extra bracing is needed, though the suggestions for temp bracing until you can get back to the dealer sound wise. You might also try sending the photo of the sagging tank to the dealer and let him take it up in advance with FR. FR might like to take it up with the company they got the tank from. If the problem goes beyond your unit you could be doing a lot of future owners a favor, helping to catch the problem early.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:26 PM   #9
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wow .. thats crazy ..
take'er back for a new tank .. there is no way for a fix for that or an explaination from the manufacturer .... thats just silly .. can you imagine if it ruptured on the highway??? definately a reciepe for disaster ..for all behind you and the lawsuits for the manufacturer ...

thanks for posting ... d-mo
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:07 PM   #10
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I have emailed pictures to the dealer I bought the A122BH from and they said they will forward the pictures on to Forest River. The tech said they had one other instance of a similar problem where they had the owner cut the tank with a knife to drain the water prior to moving the RV. I think I am going to back the passenger side up on a car ramp tonight to provide gravity to drain. Then again I don't know if it is worth the effort as something is obviously wrong with the tank. Hopefully, Forest River will be able to make a decision about course of action based on the pictures.
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