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Old 06-20-2007, 12:28 AM   #29
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My wife is afraid of propane so we always turn off the gas when traveling. We put the refer items in an ice chest for traveling.
I will check our tank rod.
Thanks for the warning.
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Old 06-20-2007, 05:58 AM   #30
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A marine supplier sells Stainless Steel threaded rods in 3' lengths for >$5

That would be a good fix put two nuts on the bottom with Locktite, and it should hold forever.
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:23 AM   #31
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My wife is afraid of propane so we always turn off the gas when traveling. We put the refer items in an ice chest for traveling.
Thanks for the warning.
Why not just put a block of ice in the refer? It makes a dandy ice chest . I keep a 1/2 gallon plastic jug frozen just for this. It helps get the fridge down to temp initially and then I transfer it from the freezer to the refer when I can't run the fridge. Of course if you want to keep the freezer compartment cold the stuff in there acts as "ice" and it'll stay frozen quite a while as long as you don't open it. If there's not much in the freezer then freeze another bottle of water so you have more mass to keep it cold. A full freezer will stay cold the longest. -Bernie
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Old 06-22-2007, 03:02 PM   #32
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This same thing happened to me a couple of years ago on my '77 Sovereign...at 70 mph on an Interstate.
I didn't hear anything unusual, over the sound of the Cummins anyway, but happened to notice a strange white cloud in my passenger side mirror billowing out from the front of the trailer.
I had no idea what had happened until I got stopped and heard the rushing sound of gas. The cotter pin had sheared off the bottom of the original hold down rod, and both tanks were under the trailer....still connected with the hoses, but both had big holes rubbed in them.
The lucky part of this is that these were the original aluminum tanks for this trailer, and, being aluminum, created no sparks while dragging down the road.
I can't imagine the result if there had been a spark.
If, for no other reason, I am now a firm believer in aluminum tanks........
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:46 PM   #33
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Same Experience

I had the same tension rod failure outside Indianapolis in 1992 on my 73 Argosy 26. Both tanks were dragging underneath the trailer. Before I could find a pull out area (single lane construction area) one had worn through the hose and rolled out the back where a Semi hit it breaking off the valve and turning the tank into a missle. No one was hurt and no other damage occured thank God. I now use ALL the above mentioned safety ideas including an oversized stainless steel threaded rod with a sleeve over most of its length.
I would never travel with the valves open. This was about the most frightening experience I can imagine.
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:21 AM   #34
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I had the same thing happen, strange clinking/dragging sound. It was my own stupid mistake. I didn't have one of the bottles over the little tab on the lower mount.
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Old 07-20-2007, 01:46 PM   #35
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Old 07-20-2007, 02:53 PM   #36
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What's that funny dragging sound???
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Old 07-20-2007, 05:00 PM   #37
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If the tank valves had been open the OPD mechanism would have kicked in and shut the flow off, it is part of what they are designed to do....that is if you have the properly upgraded valves.
Good point Aaron. In fact, you can disconnect the hose with the valve open and the OPD will shut of the flow.
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Old 07-20-2007, 06:00 PM   #38
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And all this time I thought my plan to replace that rod with stainless steel just to get rid of the rust was excessive. It has suddenly leaped several steps up the list.

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Another disaster avoided!

While buffing my trailer tongue down I discovered that my propane hold down post was almost rusted in half. The socket was also severely rusted and thin. I decided to grind it all off and start over.

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I used mild steel rod for the post. I have read where others had obtained hardened all thread rod. My experience has been that sometimes the harder bolts tend to break before they bend. In this application a bent rod would be better than a broken one. I threaded one end with a standard 1" hex die nut.

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I found that 1/2" schedule 80 pipe fits the 1/2" smooth rod nicely. I actually used a schedule 80 black nipple. I drilled a 3/16 hole through it and the rod at one time using a drill press. I have temporarlly attached the nipple to the frame with a 3/16" machine bolt to hold it while welding.

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Nice, Vernon

Looks like that will work well.
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Good Bump.

I have a new A/S with the aluminum cover - and while my tighten down is different style, I could still envision the tiedown rod snapping - the cover should hold the tanks together, but not necessarily upright! I am repainting under the tanks and around the dual cam set up this weekend. I'll add putting safety straps on the tank to my "to do" list.

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