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Old 07-11-2018, 02:20 PM   #1
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Fresh water tank fell off

Our fresh water tank on Rockwood Mini Lite 2306 fell off on our way home from Wisconsin Monday. Not even carrying water in it.
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:53 PM   #2
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Ouch! Sorry for your trouble. I'm not surprised, but am surprised it hasn't happened to more people. The support for the water tanks on these TTs is pretty bad. I had heavier angle iron and steel plates welded under mine.
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:55 PM   #3
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We're hearing more and more of this happening. I know FR doesn't officially monitor this forum, but i sure hope someone is paying attention.

Did it fall completely out or was it just hanging down?
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:41 PM   #4
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It was hanging down and still attached to the water line. Wore a hole in it from dragging the pavement. I had a dealer add some angle iron reinforcements a couple of years ago but not adequate. At least it come flying off on the highway.
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I meant didnít come flying off.
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More and more people say it is ok to travel with a full water tank. sorry for your loss even though the tank wasn't full.
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:59 PM   #7
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Shoot! I never gave it a thought. Put about 30 gallons in the 50 gallon tank and off we went (3 years ago). Now hearing these stories of water tanks falling out it scares me. I guess after three years I am okay, but if I had a new RV, I certainly would be very cautious.
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Shoot! I never gave it a thought. Put about 30 gallons in the 50 gallon tank and off we went (3 years ago). Now hearing these stories of water tanks falling out it scares me. I guess after three years I am okay, but if I had a new RV, I certainly would be very cautious.
I wouldn't assume anything... http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...de-129346.html
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Old 07-11-2018, 07:01 PM   #9
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What year? I thought I read that was a problem earlier but that they have been reinforced now...I think I read that on the mini lite Facebook group
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Ours is a 2013.
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:22 PM   #11
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I don't trust my 2016 2306 tank. I have some ratchet straps as added reinforcement until I can get some angle iron under there.
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:52 AM   #12
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Our fresh water tank on Rockwood Mini Lite 2306 fell off on our way home from Wisconsin Monday. Not even carrying water in it.
Did you happen to fill the tanks at the campground?
We are leaving to go to a NASCAR Race Friday and was thinking about filling my FWT. From what I have been searching and it looks like they fall out due to over filling and expanding the tanks, bending the supports.

Any other thoughts?

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It was hanging down and still attached to the water line. Wore a hole in it from dragging the pavement. I had a dealer add some angle iron reinforcements a couple of years ago but not adequate. At least it come flying off on the highway.
Your dealer reinforced it with angle iron and it still fell off while empty? I certainly think I would be having a discussion with him regarding his work quality.
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Wow thats to bad. I got a big surprise when I pulled my underbelly to fix ducting and found my FW supports bent and loose. Mine is a 2016. You would think FR would have addressed this problem.
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I have a 2017 Wildwood Heritage Glen 5ver.. the first time I filled the tank and drove the 100 yards to the camp spot it broke out the bottom of the belly pan. The road side assistance company came on-site, took it all apart. They found that the painted metal suspension straps had not been cleaned before they were welded to the frame, so the welds did not penetrate. they put the tank back in place, and drilled and bolted the suspension straps to the frame and put the belly pan back on.. it has been perfect since.
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Did you happen to fill the tanks at the campground?
We are leaving to go to a NASCAR Race Friday and was thinking about filling my FWT. From what I have been searching and it looks like they fall out due to over filling and expanding the tanks, bending the supports.

Any other thoughts?

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That is exactly what is happening.. if you "overfill" the water tank by leaving the hose in the inlet, the air breathing tube is not large enough to allow the pressure to escape, therefor pushing down on the weak supports.. It happened to my 2506S last month..
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FR owners manual states not to travel with a lot of water in the FW tank. Now what when they fall out empty? I've always filled my FW tank before leaving. Never a problem but only had 1 FR product. Seems it happens too often with FR but almost never with others.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:07 PM   #18
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Update to above, The tank fell out of my Wildwood Heritage Glen last year, at the June Michigan Nascar race in Graves Farm Campground.. This year at the June race, I filled up again and had no troubles going to the campsite..

One thing to check on fresh water tank.. make sure there is a good loop of overflow pipe above the tank.. my overflow pipe did not have a loop, was straight across and down the side of the tank.. A siphon was created while traveling due to the sloshing and the tank drained itself to less than 1/2 fill. I have a loop about 4" higher than the top of the tank and the problem has stopped.
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Lots of threads about FW tank supports, and the related problem of FW tanks filling unexpectedly by backflow through the wimpy check valve in the pump.

We drove a day or so with an almost-full tank that got filled by surprise when hooked to city water and the front support was bent. Added a ball valve to positively shut off the tank when using city water and added an L-bracket to the front support that had bent. I'm guessing there are many different designs for the tank supports but the one we have is inadequate for much more than an inch of water. Pretty bad if an empty tank falls out....!
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These tanks falling need to be reported to safercar.gov. The Feds cannot do anything if they do not know about the problem.

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