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Old 06-19-2016, 04:59 PM   #1
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Fresh water tank problem

DW and I went camping this weekend and I crawled under the camper to check things out (we have a 23LB), and I noticed that the the front water tank support is bent letting the tank to hang down far enough that I can stick my hand between the top of the tank and the floor of the camper, the back side seems OK so far. I need advice on how to fix this.
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Old 06-19-2016, 05:39 PM   #2
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DW and I went camping this weekend and I crawled under the camper to check things out (we have a 23LB), and I noticed that the the front water tank support is bent letting the tank to hang down far enough that I can stick my hand between the top of the tank and the floor of the camper, the back side seems OK so far. I need advice on how to fix this.
This is sounding like a reoccurring issue. Can you post some pictures?
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Old 06-23-2016, 10:52 PM   #3
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DW and I went camping this weekend and I crawled under the camper to check things out (we have a 23LB), and I noticed that the the front water tank support is bent letting the tank to hang down far enough that I can stick my hand between the top of the tank and the floor of the camper, the back side seems OK so far. I need advice on how to fix this.
Use a jack and take the bend out of the support.(do this with the tank empty) measure across the frame and buy .065 walled 1"X 2" box steel. Line up the 1"X 2" with the support frame to frame. Drill through the the box steel, frame and tank support. Install a nut bolt and lock washer . Do this to both sides. Repeat with the other support. Then NEVER fill the tank with high flow and unattended. This is what caused the tank to bulge and bend the support. (Don't ask me how I know)
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Use a jack and take the bend out of the support.(do this with the tank empty) measure across the frame and buy .065 walled 1"X 2" box steel. Line up the 1"X 2" with the support frame to frame. Drill through the the box steel, frame and tank support. Install a nut bolt and lock washer . Do this to both sides. Repeat with the other support. Then NEVER fill the tank with high flow and unattended. This is what caused the tank to bulge and bend the support. (Don't ask me how I know)

Our tank was never filled, the supports bent simply due to the weight of the tank which was about 2/3 full. The angles used were too light. In addition they punch the leg of the angle to accept the tab on the spreader angles. On ours not only did they punch those oblong holes in the horizontal leg but also in the vertical leg weakening it further. It bent and actually kinked where those punched holes were. I replaced with a heavier angle. I did not want to reduce my ground clearance which is too low to begin with.
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Old 06-27-2016, 08:01 PM   #5
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Use a jack and take the bend out of the support.(do this with the tank empty) measure across the frame and buy .065 walled 1"X 2" box steel. Line up the 1"X 2" with the support frame to frame. Drill through the the box steel, frame and tank support. Install a nut bolt and lock washer . Do this to both sides. Repeat with the other support. Then NEVER fill the tank with high flow and unattended. This is what caused the tank to bulge and bend the support. (Don't ask me how I know)
Thanks Grizzman that's what I did today but I did an overkill and put in a third rail down the middle underneath the middle front to back supports
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Our tank was never filled, the supports bent simply due to the weight of the tank which was about 2/3 full. The angles used were too light. In addition they punch the leg of the angle to accept the tab on the spreader angles. On ours not only did they punch those oblong holes in the horizontal leg but also in the vertical leg weakening it further. It bent and actually kinked where those punched holes were. I replaced with a heavier angle. I did not want to reduce my ground clearance which is too low to begin with.
That's where mine bent also
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Not everyone has ability to cut steel, weld, or drill/bolt steel. If you fit into this category consider this tip:

Use several wide/strong ratcheting straps across the width of the tank to keep the tank frames from bowing out and the straps also keep the tanks from falling out. 3 straps should do it for the average RV water tank.
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:29 AM   #8
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Not everyone has ability to cut steel, weld, or drill/bolt steel. If you fit into this category consider this tip:

Use several wide/strong ratcheting straps across the width of the tank to keep the tank frames from bowing out and the straps also keep the tanks from falling out. 3 straps should do it for the average RV water tank.

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.
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:21 AM   #9
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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.
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Mr. Havercamp, you are rude.



IMO it's a band aid fix. If saying that is rude then so be it. May as well wrap some duct tape around it also!

You are suggesting attaching these nylon straps to the under engineered supports that are the problem to begin with. When the supports eventually fail your straps will hold the entire assembly together in one neat package as it bounces down the highway.

Just by bundling the entire mess together with straps solves nothing. But whatever works for you I guess. LCI who makes the frames and the failing tank supports thinks its enough of a problem that they'll cover it under their warranty. They will not use nylon straps. If you are not capable of fixing it yourself take it to someone who can like the people that made it to begin with.
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