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Old 06-28-2015, 07:18 PM   #99
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Drboyd, thanks for resurrecting this thread once again. Looks like it has been resurfaced at least three times if not more. Very good info here.

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Old 05-04-2016, 02:15 PM   #100
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Originally Posted by dwightdi View Post
Some Airstream tie down rods were just cross pinned at the bottom. Sometimes the pins would break. I replaced mine with a threaded rod with two nuts at the bottom.

Some of the cast aluminum cross tees for the top of the tanks have been known to break. The casting have low ductility becaused they chose the wrong alumimun alloy when they made them. I think it was a high silicon alloy which is high strength but low ductility. I have a broken one of those too. You can not do anything about that but you should not overtighten the hold down wing nut.

A cross tee which is not tight enough may allow the bottles to wiggle and rotate to the point it will come to the opening in the handle and fall off the front of the trailer. I had it happen to me. I solved that one with a securing pin assembly which I made. Also works for steel tees.
Those spring-loaded "D" pins will not remain secure if your "T" handle loosens. The wire-spring bails will simply twist open and let the bottles fall.
Those are completely false security when used in that manner.
The wire-bails cannot be expected to anything other than prevent the pins from shifting due to their OWN weight... not the weight or momentum of the "secured" device (the bottles.)
That said... Kudos to this entire discussion and the OP for bringing it to our attention.

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Old 05-05-2016, 12:54 PM   #101
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Old 06-25-2016, 11:10 AM   #102
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Thanks for sharing this, anytime I learn about a different safety check I'm ahead of the game!
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Old 08-21-2016, 01:54 PM   #103
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On my newer 2008 the tanks are sitting not on an open-loop-base... but on an oval pan...which was originally secured by A/S to the A-frame with only two, cheap screws that vibration had completely cut/shattered. The tank brackets were held to that pan with a long all-thread drilled thru the base of the pan and a wingnut, ...covered with that cheap, plastic Camco cover.
Therefore the tanks were sitting on a pan which was totally unsecured to the trailer frame except by their own weight and held in place by the hoses.
I cleaned it all up, repainted and drilled/bolted the pan to the frame, and installed new all-thread covered with steel tube which freely rotates about the all-thread (to discourage any hacksaw-equipped thief.)
A long-shackle bicycle lock drilled thru the upper bracket prevents the wingnut from being unscrewed by same thief.
I think the old-style "bucket-brackets" for a base is an excellent idea and I may make my own and weld them to that oval pan. I've seen some in the PPL catalog.
This is an excellent discussion and I posted this msg to bump it back up.

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