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Old 04-21-2013, 06:27 PM   #1
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Interesting discovery while under coach

How would you know about these things unless you crawl under your coach from time to time.

In the first pic I noticed that the gas filler tube was up against a piece of angle iron. It would eventually wear through the gas filler tube leaking gasoline in the least and creating a fire hazard at worst. I cut a piece of rubber 1 1/2 tubing and clamped it to the filler tube to prevent damage, (pic 2 and 3).

In the fourth pic I noticed that a piece of limestone gravel (white looking rock) had wedged between the gas tank and the frame. That would eventually (chemical reaction) eat through the tank, same problems as above. Had difficulty getting it out, but out I got it.

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Old 04-21-2013, 07:02 PM   #2
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What model Coahmen do u have? I'm wondering if mine is likely to suffer the same flaw??
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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Good catch Roll!!
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What model Coahmen do u have? I'm wondering if mine is likely to suffer the same flaw??
2011 Encounter Ford Chassis. Follow the gas filler tube from the rear, up the drivers side where it turns and goes into the tank. The angle iron was on the back of a compartment and closer to the tank than the cap at the rear.
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Roll,
Great catch. I am going under my '13 to see if they corrected that one. Also noticed all that shiny metal under my Encounter and thinking about Rustoleum priming and flat black top coating before it starts deteriorating.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:58 AM   #6
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GEEZ!! My better half was under the coach last weekend and was neatening up some cables, etc. I will have him check as well.

We have an early production 2013, so the chassis is 2012. (1nshort - did you see anything on yours?)
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:11 PM   #7
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Went under coach today to check out the gas filler tube run. Looks like they fixed it in the 2013. From the back of the coach at the filler door all the way to where the filler tube and vent line enter the tank, there is about 2 1/2 fingers space on each side there are also two stabilizer clamps 1/3 and 2/3 of the way down that hold the pipes in place. Where the tube and vent bend 90 degrees to enter the tank there is an angle bracket but the pipes have neopreme tubing clamped to them using screw secured hose clamps. Also the angle bracket edges are rounded so there are no sharp edges. The neopreme is about 3/8 of an inch thick.
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We took a look today too just to make sure. Here are some pictures. Glad to have had the heads up just in case!

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I see the difference right away. My filler tube runs from the cap directly to the elbow that goes into the tank. Yours is cut short and the length of neoprene is used to make the adjustment to line up with the elbow, (I don't have the neoprene section).

I'll keep this in mind. If I see my fix isn't working, I'll wait for a nice day when the tank is low and remove the long filler tube, cut it off and insert a section of neoprene. Cost would be minimal. I have some brackets too but I would have to realign them to pull the filler tube farther away from the sharp edges.

This should probably have been a recall item for Coachmen but I'm glad I caught it.

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Old 04-26-2013, 07:53 AM   #10
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By the way.... you folks and your unused coaches.....

All that clean, new looking, underside will disappear you know, after a few miles and a couple of seasons.

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