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Old 06-15-2013, 11:19 AM   #21
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I noticed while filling my tank that once it gets about half full it would shoot water out the vent hole beside the fill hole. By that time the tank is full of air and can not vent fast enough due to the vent line being smaller than the fill line. Most household faucets put out 40 psi, that is more than most car tires hold and those hold up a 4000 lbs car. Imagine what that pressure can do to a plastic tank.

And Electricians fix was posted a few posts up. He just put some U shaped electrical track under the bent bracket. My fix will be to put a 2x2 piece of angle iron under the bent bracket. To me, that will look more factory.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:37 AM   #22
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And do you plan on straightening them with hydraulic jacks first?
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:55 PM   #23
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I tried that before the last trip I went on but you can only jack it so far before you're against the water tank and then the bars just spring back. The camper is currently at the dealer for this issue and a water leak. I'll see how the dealer handles it before I make a plan. I think I'll get it as close as I can with the jack and then put the angle iron against it. That will hold the existing brackets straight with no problems.
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:52 PM   #24
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Well the verdict is in. We dropped the camper off about 3 weeks ago to have this issue and a few others resolved. The dealer contacted Forest River about the issue and sent them a few pictures. Forest River tried telling them that it's in the owners manual not to travel with over 1/3 of a tank of water. The dealer (and I) proceeded to look in the manual and nowhere in there does it state that. All it says is to be sure to factor in the weight of the water when loading the camper.

So.., Forest River okay-ed the dealer to beef up the water tank brackets. The dealer then installed 2 pieces of 2"x2"x1/4" pieces of angle iron (frame rail to frame rail) and then attached it at each end of the old brackets with grade 8 bolts 3/8" in diameter. It looks like they routed the vent line closer to the camper floor as well, it's still not tight against the floor but it's better than it was. It now looks like you could haul a small car on top of the water tank brackets.

As of now, I'm happy with the outcome.
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:28 AM   #25
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I just read an article about a guy on this forum who lost his tank. Also on the Jayco forum. Your tanks are held up from the bottom which is different from the other two guys who had their tank flanges come away from the angle iron holding it from the top. Looks like both products are under engineered. I like the unistrut fix. That's the route I would go with. It's strong any easy to work with and very adaptable.
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The unistrut works fine but to me it doesn't look very good when you look under there. The angle iron fix looks like it could be factory. And you're not going to bend 1/4" thick angle iron.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:39 AM   #27
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The reason I used Unistrut was that there are the two tabs from the cross members under the tank that stick down below the piece that was bent. I was able to cut slots in the Unistrut without weakening it.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:10 AM   #28
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I checked my brackets and there is no bending. The only traveling I do with a full water tank is at the state campgrounds. I fill up with water inside the cg at the potable water station.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:38 AM   #29
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I just picked up a 2014. the Tank was 3/4 full from the dealer. they filled the tank up to test it and Wanted me to run it out of all the lines. said they put some tank cleaner in it to sanitize the tanks. I had to tow it about 75 to 80 miles home. guess i need to check.
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Because of this thread, I also checked my water tank supports. I do not show any problems and I usually travel with at least half full tanks. My thanks to the OP for raising this problem. I will continue to monitor my tank supports.

While I am at it, I would also like to thank the person that raised the issue of the slide out fuse being under the trailer, behind the batteries. I did not know it was there. I looked and sure enough there it sits.

This is why I continully follow this forum. Such a wealth of knowledge and answers. Thanks everyone!

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