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Old 07-29-2009, 03:54 PM   #1
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the rod that holds my tanks in place ....

seems to be screwed in place with maybe a bolt,or maybe a pin ...any idea as to whats really holding it in ,I need to replace the rod tomorrow,and am stumped,Thank You !
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On Our 72 it is held to the trailer frame with a Cotter pin! A lot of people will replace the rod with a threaded rod and use two nuts to hold it in place ( one on top of the mount and one under) You may need to turn it with vise grips. Ours was a bit rusty.
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:12 PM   #3
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Ditto, I got rid of it too and replaced it with a length of all-thread of the same diameter and thread type, available from any hardware store or Home Depot. Then, since the upper handle was permanently welded/corroded to the old rod, I used a nylon lock nut, with big washer, up top to hold the old bottle clamp-thing securely down on the bottles. Works great, didn't cost much. As for getting the old one off, you'll see how once you really look at it. good luck! -tim
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:27 PM   #4
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no cotter pin here....I would have noticed that for sure,unless it broke off and that's what is holding it all in place
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:34 PM   #5
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Factory actually used a very small straight pin. It is so small it is hard to see. Rumors are that it also breaks after some time and corrosion. I like the threaded rod. I bought the galvanized type to help reduce the rust. When it rusts, it is time to replace it. Hot dip galvanize lasts a lot longer than the plated galvanize.
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Just curious, which tank are we talking about here?
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Mine has a roll pin.
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:39 PM   #8
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Just curious, which tank are we talking about here?
the propane tanks.
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Factory actually used a very small straight pin. It is so small it is hard to see. Rumors are that it also breaks after some time and corrosion. I like the threaded rod. I bought the galvanized type to help reduce the rust. When it rusts, it is time to replace it. Hot dip galvanize lasts a lot longer than the plated galvanize.
That's no rumor. It happened to me. Here's my report on what happened.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f287...ted-20523.html
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My 67 Tradewind has a small roll pin. On mine I removed the roll pin and lowered the rod to the next factory predrilled hole which allowed me to use the smaller propane tanks. Adios, John
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Maybe the pin in ours was an "on the road" repair? I havent come acrost a page in the trailer journal about it. We have 20 lb. tanks and there is a short section of the rod hanging lower than the frame.

You may find that wire brushing the area will help find the pin.
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my roll pin seems to be shorter ,and sunk beneath the surface, I may have to drill out the old and insert the new,Thank You
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From the 72 manual.

Using a 3/16 drift punch, drive pin rearwards to allow rod to be removed. A heavy bar or hammer held against the ring above pin on the rear will lessen amount of drive force needed.

Replace by reversing above procedure.

Clear as mud.... have fun....
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I love to read from the service manual too. "clear as mud" is right!! It is at least good for the pictures!
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