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Old 04-28-2014, 09:27 AM   #11
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A tank with water in it would have the weight evenly distributed across the bottom. You would need a considerable amount of water in a concentrated area to apply the amount of force needed to make it belly like that. Maybe some heat radiating off of really hot pavement could have caused weakness to the tank. causing it to belly. It looks to me that the low point of the tank is there and that belly is made by design.

However, it is anybody's guess with the limited view of the tank.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:37 AM   #12
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A tank with water in it would have the weight evenly distributed across the bottom. You would need a considerable amount of water in a concentrated area to apply the amount of force needed to make it belly like that. Maybe some heat radiating off of really hot pavement could have caused weakness to the tank. causing it to belly. It looks to me that the low point of the tank is there and that belly is made by design.

However, it is anybody's guess with the limited view of the tank.
40 gallons of water @ 8lbs/gallon = 320lbs. That's considerable weight, and the bottom middle of the tank IS the weakest point.
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That weight is distributed across the entire bottom of the tank. I could see your point if the entire bracket pulled out of the frame but it is at a specific point. Even at 1/2 full or 1/4 full the water is still evenly distributed. I think other forces may have caused this, maybe not. I'm just guessing.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:46 AM   #14
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A tank with water in it would have the weight evenly distributed across the bottom. You would need a considerable amount of water in a concentrated area to apply the amount of force needed to make it belly like that. Maybe some heat radiating off of really hot pavement could have caused weakness to the tank. causing it to belly. It looks to me that the low point of the tank is there and that belly is made by design.

However, it is anybody's guess with the limited view of the tank.
If you look at the picture again, the side to side, frame to frame bar is bent. There is a bar going from front to back in the middle of the Fresh water tank. the full weight of a full tank was pressing on the tank from the middle of the tank. The side to side bar gave way. The side to side bars need to have twice the bulk strength (the one visible and the one to the front) and there needs to be a couple more front to back bar supports UNDER the water tank. Many campers really don't realize how close they are to losing their water tanks and blissfully go down the road at 65mph with a full load of water.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:53 AM   #15
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That weight is distributed across the entire bottom of the tank. I could see your point if the entire bracket pulled out of the frame but it is at a specific point. Even at 1/2 full or 1/4 full the water is still evenly distributed. I think other forces may have caused this, maybe not. I'm just guessing.
The middle of that tank will bounce like a trampoline. It's that force, that will bend the cross member
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I'm not trying to say any of our suggestions are wrong. I'm just giving my opinion, which happens to be different than yours. We can "discuss" this back and forth defending our opinions but, only the original poster can confirm the true cause.

Hope they get an answer and a resolution so they can continue camping & not have a disaster on the road.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:55 AM   #17
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To me, it still appears that the center of the tank is bellied down. The weight of that tank bouncing would almost definitely bend a 6' piece of bent angled steel.
Agree 100%! Youroo!!
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:14 PM   #18
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Terrible! and did they really run the LP line under the reinforcement like that?!!!!
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Are you missing a front to back support? I just crawled under our 23SS yesterday to install a ball valve on the drain and noticed we have two front to back supports under the center of the tank. Hope they get it resolved for you!

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Terrible! and did they really run the LP line under the reinforcement like that?!!!!

Wow! I didn't catch that first time through. Good call!
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