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Old 05-28-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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2109S Fresh Water Tank Brackets (Bent?)

I've got a 2013 Mini Lite 2109S that has been transported 50 miles so far with a full fresh water tank. Then today I went to fill the tank up for a trip this coming Thursday and I looked underneath to see this.

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Has anyone else every experienced this? It just seems like the side to side supports aren't thick enough and there aren't enough front to back supports.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:24 PM   #2
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Now I see why they enclose the under-belly, hides a lot.
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It's not enclosed, it's fully exposed to show the bent up mess. I don't have time to do much with it or get it to a dealer so I just drained the tank to half full then put a bottle jack under it to try and straighten it out some. The campground we're going to has full hookups so we should be fine. I just like to travel with fresh water just in case.

It's already going back to the dealer after this trip for a front window water leak. I guess we'll add this to the list. I'd love to know what their fix will be.
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It's not enclosed, it's fully exposed to show the bent up mess. I don't have time to do much with it or get it to a dealer so I just drained the tank to half full then put a bottle jack under it to try and straighten it out some. The campground we're going to has full hookups so we should be fine. I just like to travel with fresh water just in case.

It's already going back to the dealer after this trip for a front window water leak. I guess we'll add this to the list. I'd love to know what their fix will be.
I think FR will tell you never travel with full tanks.
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Really? You can't travel with 30 gallons of water? That seems like a poor design if that's the case. I'll see what they say. I think it's due to poor vent line routing.
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Whether you can or not..."just in case" means you carry maybe 5 gallons. That's a lot of weight you're dragging around for nothing.
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Wow that's quite the let down. You'd think they'd have warnings somewhere not to travel with the tank full. We like to camp a lot at state parks with no hookups so this made things a little easier.
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I think FR will tell you never travel with full tanks.
I wonder if the truck makers could use that excuse to you no don't put fuel in the tank it might fall out.
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Wow that's quite the let down. You'd think they'd have warnings somewhere not to travel with the tank full. We like to camp a lot at state parks with no hookups so this made things a little easier.
I have a 2012 2109S and we camp at state parks a lot that do not have hookups. They all have a dump station plus a potable water connection so that you can fill your water tank prior to setting up your camper.

A gallon of water weighs 8.34 lbs, so 30 gallons is ~250 lbs. Lot of weight to be carrying and bouncing around on the support brackets.
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There is a sticker on the side of the camper that states what the fresh water tank weighs when full so I knew the weight. I just never expected the supports to be under-engineered to the point that you can't haul the full weight over the road. That's just poor designing. My parents Alpenlite 5th wheel has something like 100+ gallons of fresh water and they travel over the road with it.

It doesn't seem like it would have been difficult to use some 1/4" thick 2"x2" angle iron. I still think it might be vent tube related but I'll see what the dealer thinks. If they claim I can't haul with a full tank I think I'll be making up my own brackets.
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