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Old 03-19-2017, 08:31 PM   #1
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I Need a Favor From a 2015 1809S Owner

My 1809S is in a remote barn storage several hours from my residence. Prior to driving it out of the barn I want to replace the fresh water tank brackets. I need to bring the necessary project materials with me, so here is my request...since the main support of the underlying frame is basically 2 I-beams, I need an INSIDE measurement of one to the other's inside upright of said I-beams; please measure yours right about where your front brace is of the fresh water tank.
I would really appreciate your assistance. With that measurement I can buy the proper lengths of angle iron and have it all cut at the point of sale. My supplier sells in 20 foot lengths but does custom cuts.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:34 AM   #2
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I can help, but not till this afternoon/evening. Camper on cement pad in our side yard, may have to shovel some snow away for access.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:25 PM   #3
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There are no I-Beams in the area of the fresh tank, there is however a frame on which the tank flange rests which spans from curbside to street side. The inside to inside dimension of this frame is 28 1/4". As a reference, the tank support braces are 27 1/8" long.






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Old 03-20-2017, 07:24 PM   #4
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JandS: I think he wants the measurement between centers (i.e., the webs) the two main I-beams that run fore and aft; this should be on the order of 72-75 inches.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:30 PM   #5
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That side to side span number is what I needed. Thank you so much for taking the time to measure. The photos are a great help too for pre-planning.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:38 PM   #6
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That side to side span number is what I needed. Thank you so much for taking the time to measure. The photos are a great help too for pre-planning.
I think he gave you the fore and aft support distance, i.e., across the short side of the tank, not the long side. I believe you asked for the long side (i.e., the length of the tank from left side to right side of the TT). Here's what you said:

"...since the main support of the underlying frame is basically 2 I-beams, I need an INSIDE measurement of one to the other's inside upright of said I-beams."

But if you're happy, that's great.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:51 AM   #7
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Yes, Sir, in retrospect you are correct, I am in need of the side to side span, from main frame to main frame. JandS, would you revisit your rig and give me that bracket span measurement? I was leaving a job and did a quick check on the status of my request and was thrilled that someone helped me out but I didnt zone in on the number at the time. Rockfordroo is correct in pointing out that the span I am needing is the other way.
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Old 03-21-2017, 06:10 AM   #8
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I can get the inside I-Beam to I-Beam (curb to street side) measurement for you this afternoon. Curious though, how are you planning to place/attach the new steel supports? From the pictures it appears that the existing tank frame edge (that supports the tank curbside to street side) sits below the lowest inside I-Beam edge. This means you wont be able to just slip a piece of steel between the tank and I-Beam lowest inside edge. The existing tank supports that span forward and aft are an upside down U shape and hang even further below the tank frame that the water tank rests on. Maybe there is some thread on FRF that I haven't seen which details what you are attempting to do and I am missing something. I can get whatever dimensions you need, feel free to ask.
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:52 AM   #9
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Yes Sir, there are threads on the forum detailing this project. While I was winterizing my trailer, when I went to drain the fresh water I noticed the front leading bracket was badly bent at the locations of where the 2 holes are where the shorter support brackets connect. My water tank was also listing forward (hanging down) several inches more than the rear. It was a scary sight to see.
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:47 AM   #10
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Be sure to come back and post pics of your fix for the benefit of the rest of us!
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Old 03-21-2017, 03:52 PM   #11
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Just measured, 68 1/4" inside to inside. There is a 1" shelf of I-Beam at each end.
Yes, please post pictures when completed, we have always traveled empty due to FRF stories of tanks falling out.
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Old 03-21-2017, 08:53 PM   #12
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Thank you once again for taking the time. I really thought the length was going to be closer to seven feet, but since the span is under 6 feet, I just might be able to source my angle iron from cheaper sources, like maybe old bed frame rails at the local thrift store. At any rate, I will have them cut prior to pulling the trailer out of storage and will post pictures of the before and after.

Since boondocking is my thing and is much more common out west, based on the experiences of others I am totally confident that I'll be tooling down the road soon with a full tank of water-without a worry.
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Old 03-23-2017, 11:19 PM   #13
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Just found an unused bed frame in the basement. 2x1.5 x.125 and long enough. I'm going to run braces on both 68 inch sides and short braces outside the bottom of the tank. Going to bolt them in for now. One question for the people who have done this, did you cut slots or notches for the factory short front to rear tabs to stick through? Another issue, someone said here that the tank when filled pushed up on the floor. Mine allready touches the floor empty and sags at the bottom when filled. That's why I'm going to put my front to rear extra braces not under the tank. I am going to tie it together in the area after each end of the tank. Jay
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Old 03-26-2017, 02:09 PM   #14
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I used a bed rail and bolted it to the existing rail (only the front rail as that is the one that typically will bend). And yes, did cut notches for the tabs.
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Well, I came back... I got the reinforcement job done today. I did take pics, but since another member just started a thread over in plumbing about reinforcing his tank, I just piggybacked onto his.
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Well, I came back... I got the reinforcement job done today. I did take pics, but since another member just started a thread over in plumbing about reinforcing his tank, I just piggybacked onto his.
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