Originally Posted by Mr Havercamp
And what do these ratchet straps get attached to? The steel that is already deflecting? Evidently you're not familiar with the construction of these specific trailers were talking about. You have nothing to attach those straps to other than the steel that is already failing.
You do not want to play around with this by doing some type of band aid fix. It's not going to be pretty if that tank comes out while you're going down the road for you or the people behind you.
Mr. Havercamp, you are rude.
Using ratchet straps is not a band aid fix and I propose that is is a viable and durable fix that doesn't require any drilling or cutting. Most folks don't own cut off saws with metal cutting circular saw blade.
I have retaining strap that are over 10 years old, are dirty with dirt and oil, exposed to UV exposure, exposed to the elements and are holding up just fine! The straps should do better in an enclosed bottom is is fairly well removed from the elements with the coroplast liner.
If the tank is supported by the bottom, using a strap with metal clips as depicted in the picture below is easy. Just clip it over each tanks retaining angle iron "bars" and ratchet away. Use several over length of tank and Viola, you are done!
Not only will this fix keep the factory retaining angle bars from widening, but it'll also support the tank and keep it from falling out if it bows-unlikely.
I'm sure the straps will outlast the trailer.
Click on pic below to see what type of strap end is ideally suited.