Underslung Gas Tank Danger

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  1. Jim

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    Just been reading in practical motorhome about a guy who's gas tank partly fell off as he was driving, they heard the grinding sound coming from under the van and stopped immediately. It turned out that the metal strapping holding the tank in place had gone rusty. The strapping was covered in PVC so although the owner had checked them he could not see the rust. The water had got inside the PVC outer and the rust was the result.

    They were lucky inasmuch that while the tank fell off none of the pipes were ruptured, and once recovered they easily refitted their tank and were soon back on their way. If you have an under slung tank then don't leave it too long between inspections, you might not be so lucky as those guys:Eeek:
     
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  2. Traveller_HA5_3DOM

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    Yes Jim I have heard of this before.
    Just had my camper in for it's Medical (MOT) today and I mentioned this to the tester. Not on the list of test items was the reply. So whilst it was up on the ramp I had a good look over it myself. It is four years old now and just starting to show a few bubbles on the bottom of the tank so it will be out with the wire brush and Red Hammerite as soon as the weather drys up a bit
     
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    best way round this is to get stainless straps as they dont rust but that said they do snap.
    and maybe have an extra one fitted so if one fails the tank wont fall off.
     
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    Mine are cradled in 50mm X 6mm angle and undersealed , will probably last me out :thumb:
     
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    The one on my RV was also in a cradle made from girders...

    proper job.. as you would expect from a Yank .. :thumb:
     
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    So is ours ......as you would expect from a good professional English company ....

    ....Autogas 2000 near Thirsk in Yorkshire
    :thumb::thumb:
     
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    I must improve the bait .. :Wink:

    that took all of 8 mins ... :Laughing:
     
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