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Old 01-07-2016, 04:47 PM   #1
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Grrrrrrr!

Checked my 6 month old AS in its storage location, a good place with security gate & cameras. Well it's good if you don't belong there but when another RVer who also stores there does a hit & run damaging property it makes my blood boil. That property was my stainless steel LP cover, a big crease about midway up, and coincidently my adjacent neighbor had vacated his spot at 7:18 this morning. If the cameras don't show anything I'm stuck with at least a $500 expense as that's my deductible.
JC won't sell directly to a customer so the dealer will take a mark up and add to my expense. Does anyone have a thought as the least expensive way to obtain a 30lb tank cover.
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Not sure if it would work in your case but I had a similar situation on the lower portion of my cover. I restored the shape as best I could and then riveted aluminum diamond plate in a strip to cover the repair around all three sides. Looks like I just added a layer of protection against road rash.
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Old 01-07-2016, 05:13 PM   #3
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Rats, bad deal. The only thing I can think of is a salvage yard, the covers haven't changed much in years.

I'll just throw this out there. In some cases people have switched to the taller 40 lb capacity aluminum tanks as found on Classic models. If you need a new cover, you may want to consider the taller aluminum tanks and a new cover to fit.

That's what I would do because we travel in fall, spring, and winter and could use the extra propane capacity. I don't know what you're future travel plans are, but if it includes boon docking the extra tank capacity is good.

Makes the dent less painful because you are getting a useful upgrade for your Airstream, if you can manage this change of cover with the insurance company.
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Old 01-07-2016, 05:19 PM   #4
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Not sure if it would work in your case but I had a similar situation on the lower portion of my cover. I restored the shape as best I could and then riveted aluminum diamond plate in a strip to cover the repair around all three sides. Looks like I just added a layer of protection against road rash.
Thanks, that's a great idea!
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Rats, bad deal. The only thing I can think of is a salvage yard, the covers haven't changed much in years.

I'll just throw this out there. In some cases people have switched to the taller 40 lb capacity aluminum tanks as found on Classic models. If you need a new cover, you may want to consider the taller aluminum tanks and a new cover to fit.

That's what I would do because we travel in fall, spring, and winter and could use the extra propane capacity. I don't know what you're future travel plans are, but if it includes boon docking the extra tank capacity is good.

Makes the dent less painful because you are getting a useful upgrade for your Airstream, if you can manage this change of cover with the insurance company.

Another great idea, thanx.
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Old 01-07-2016, 05:28 PM   #6
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What about your insurance? They can contact the storage to get the name and address of that person.

Let us know how much the dealer will charge you. I damaged my propane tank cover when I forgot to pin the pin in my receiver. Luckily only the power jack and propane cover was damaged.

I have yet to find anyone selling 30b propane tank covers. I can't go with the 40b because it may be too tall for my Arvika bike rack to work since it mounts over the propane tanks.

I guess the only bright side is they didn't hit your trailer shell.

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Old 01-07-2016, 05:37 PM   #7
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What about your insurance? They can contact the storage to get the name and address of that person.

Let us know how much the dealer will charge you. I damaged my propane tank cover when I forgot to pin the pin in my receiver. Luckily only the power jack and propane cover was damaged.

I have yet to find anyone selling 30b propane tank covers. I can't go with the 40b because it may be too tall for my Arvika bike rack to work since it mounts over the propane tanks.

I guess the only bright side is they didn't hit your trailer shell.

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If we get this guy on film he'll pay. If no film it's a mute issue. Not sure yet but I believe it's a $700 item, I like the above diamond plate idea.
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You could always buy one of those plastic propane tanks they put on SOBs and spray paint it silver. Just kidding.

Sorry you are having to go through this. I hope there is video. Are there cameras pointing at your storage stall?

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You should probably make a police report, and take pictures.


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You could always buy one of those plastic propane tanks they put on SOBs and spray paint it silver. Just kidding.

Sorry you are having to go through this. I hope there is video. Are there cameras pointing at your storage stall?

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Unfortunately no direct cameras, but the possibility of an angle shot exists. He also scraped my tongue Jack so a little of the gray paint is probably on his vehicle, small hope but not holding my breath!
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It's possible your neighbor doesn't know he hit you. We hit a semi-truck with our Airstream and had no idea until a state trooper pulled us over.
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I believe that the tank covers are in the Airstream Store at JC - if so, you can order it from JC. When you call JC (937-596-6111) select the extension for service and retail store.
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I believe that the tank covers are in the Airstream Store at JC - if so, you can order it from JC. When you call JC (937-596-6111) select the extension for service and retail store.
I called JC earlier & was told NO. Dealer item only. However, I will call the number above tomorrow, thanks!
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I called JC earlier & was told NO. Dealer item only. However, I will call the number above tomorrow, thanks!
"Retail Store" is not the same as "Parts", which is available only to dealers. I'm quite certain that I saw tank covers, as well as tanks in the retail store just off to the side of the service waiting area - they were on the top shelf of the back wall.
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