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Old 04-13-2012, 08:17 AM   #15
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i have the exactly same problem .... but many more bolts are missing ... my temporary or maybe permanent fix has been to install moly bolts ..... any comments

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Old 09-03-2014, 07:58 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Gator113 View Post
Problem resolved.

Simple fix: Removed the troubled strap. Drilled new holes at either side of the tank through the channel, approximately two inches inward from the stripped hole. Reaffixed strap using self tapping bolts.

Done... life is good again. Now onto the next project.
Ancient thread but people find this information through Google.

Two of the four straps holding the fresh water tank came loose on my 2013 28' International. The washer head bolts holding them in had fallen out on the road.

The original bolts (shown) are 5/16" width by 7/8" length and are threaded directly into the frame ( Picture of one here:

Solution was the same as Gator113's. Drilled new holes 2" from old with 7/32" bit, then drove 1/4" width by 1 1/4" screws coated in Locktite to reduce risk of them falling out. Also used a washer.

With two straps missing you'll find it sags so you're unlikely to have the strength to force the straps back up to the frame. To resolve this I jammed leveling blocks under the tank to lift it a little. Obviously the tank should also be drained first.

Put a piece of Gorilla tape over the old hole to reduce water intake.

Completed over 400 miles and just checked - holding nicely.


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Old 09-03-2014, 08:32 AM   #17
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Sorry I'm late to this thread.
I dropped my tanks as part of a frame paint job.
I don't know what they are called but the bolts
thread into a "clip"?....they slide on to the C-channels
with a larger hole on the underside and have threads
on the upper side.
To drop the tanks I had the trailer up on blocks about
6" higher than if on tires, I then used the stabilizer jacks
(which had been removed for powder coating), inverted
them on the garage floor and used them to lower and raise
the tanks. It was a PITA!! and neck and just about every
where else

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