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Old 04-23-2015, 01:55 PM   #1
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Propane Tank Protection - Mud Flaps?

I'm new to this forum, and completely new to RV'ing. I have posted in the Welcome forum.

I've been planning to get an RV for years now, and finally took the plunge this spring by buying a 2005 Four Winds Majestic.

My wife and I are very excited to get out in this, having booked our first camping weekend fairly close to home so if we have any problems, we won't be too far away.

It seems to be in fairly good shape, and it has passed all the tests including propane, etc, but when I picked it up from the propane certification, the guy said the paint on the tank should be touched up as it had been chipped from gravel off the front wheels, and rust was evident.

He suggested that I put some mud flaps on to protect the tank after I gave it a good coat of Tremclad.

I bought a pair which look like they'd work well, but I'm hesitant to drill to mount them. Anyone have any ideas? Should I just go ahead and put a couple of holes though and attach them or is that a big mistake?

This is what it looks like now.



So, should I get out the drill?

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Old 04-23-2015, 02:25 PM   #2
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Sure! But, if it were me, I'd get a can of Rustolium and spray the holes drilled to prevent rust and if the flaps came with steel screws throw those away and get stainless steel metal screws. (Steel screws will rust.)
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Sure! But, if it were me, I'd get a can of Rustolium and spray the holes drilled to prevent rust and if the flaps came with steel screws throw those away and get stainless steel metal screws. (Steel screws will rust.)
X2 - the mud flaps are down low and very susceptible to rust from rain, road salt,etc. in addition, make sure the areas that will be covered by the mud flaps and attaching hardware has a good coat of paint before installing the flaps.
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I'd think that mud flaps on the wheel well would be a better plan... protect the rocker panel and door from direct and ricochet hits.

Unless the propane tank has been replaced (maybe via an exchange?), its probably approaching its 10-year recertification date. The manufacture or recertification date is stamped into the protective collar and its illegal to refill one with a date more than 10 years in the past. Its usually more economical just to buy a new one.
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I'd think that mud flaps on the wheel well would be a better plan... protect the rocker panel and door from direct and ricochet hits.

Unless the propane tank has been replaced (maybe via an exchange?), its probably approaching its 10-year recertification date. The manufacture or recertification date is stamped into the protective collar and its illegal to refill one with a date more than 10 years in the past. Its usually more economical just to buy a new one.
It doesn't need to be replaced at 10 years - it just needs to be recertified as fit for use every 5 years in Canada. That was the test I had done, and the guy who certified it suggested I paint it, or the next time it probably wouldn't pass.

He said that the kind of tank that's under there is one which could cost as much as $1500 to get a replacement, and install it.

I have a tag attached to the tank now, and a sticker on the windshield with an expiry date which says when it needs reinspection.

Re the mud flaps - yes, I should probably get a set to protect the rocker panels, but the guy suggested another set to protect the tank as well.

Where I plan to attach these, it's plastic on the outside and plywood inside the area, with more plastic inside. So aside from the bolts I use, there won't be anything rusting on the camper body. And using stainless bolts should solve that.

I think I should use 1/4" carriage bolts from the front, through the panel, with the nuts at the back.
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Wow... I've never seen an RV that doesn't use a 20 or 30lb standard tank. Live and learn!

If its a plastic/plywood sandwich, I would probably use some fender washers to keep the head and/or nut from sinking in. You can get 1/4" i.d. washers with pretty big o.d. at Home Depot.
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Oh I misunderstood...I think you should put the mudflaps on the truck, not on the camper.

To protect the camper, have you considered putting on a sheet of that clear protection film that's popular on the front and lower sections of vehicles?

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First trip out with my coach I had road debris kick up and dent passenger side of the coach. I add mud flaps before I went home. Also added stiffener Bar you can see in picture. Galvanized metal from home store. I say put them on but behint the front wheels where the debris is kicking up.

I did non even think of the protection for propane tank. If my strike had been on the other side of the coach it would have puncher-ed the tank.
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Wow... I've never seen an RV that doesn't use a 20 or 30lb standard tank. Live and learn!

If its a plastic/plywood sandwich, I would probably use some fender washers to keep the head and/or nut from sinking in. You can get 1/4" i.d. washers with pretty big o.d. at Home Depot.
The tank is made by Manchester. Here's a picture of the writing on it.



I think your idea of the large washers is good. I have some right here, fortunately.
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I think I recall hearing that LP tanks mounted within a motorhome are exempt from the 10 year rule. Something about being regulated by the DOT and 20lb tanks being regulated by some other agency.

Maybe someone can comment also.
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