One of the metal straps that secure the fresh water tank is missing a bolt.
I removed a bolt from the opposite end of the strap to use to make sure that I would purchase a correct replacement for the missing bolt.
When I tried to install the new CORRECT bolt, I found that it simply does not thread into anything. The bolt can be fully inserted into the hole by simply shoving it home. In other words, there are no threads or nut for the bolt to grab.
My guess is that whatever was there (a nut?) to catch the bolt is no longer there.
I can see a plastic flange/lip with a bolt pattern around the tank. There is a flat metal strip, about 2" wide, that fits over the ground facing side of the flange. I can't see what is present or how it's configured on the top side of the flange. In other words, I can't see the nuts or whatever the bolts are supposed to screw to.
My Plan: Unless I am guided to the contrary, I plan to block the tank so that it doesn't drop when I remove one side/row of the strap bolts. This should allow for removing the metal strip, perhaps revealing what these bolts are supposed to screw to.
I suppose I could find that these bolts are supposed to screw into a threaded hole in the metal floor covering, now striped??? Then I will have a real mess.
The strap I have been talking about is the one at the end of the tank, on the curbside. About 10" toward the next strap is a bolt that I could affix the strap to, but I tried that and the strap will not fit because the belly of the tank is deformed. Even when the tank is empty it sags just enough to prevent a fit.
Question: What do I have here? What is the bolt supposed to screw to? Is there an easier approach to this than what I am considering? I suppose I could just use J-B Weld, but I would really like to fix this such that the bolt remains removable. Should I just say the heck with it, completely remove the crippled strap, forget about it and hope it's absence doesn't stress the other straps, thus cause the tank to fall off?
I suppose that I could simply flip the trailer upside down and use the tractor backhoe to rip that tank out of there and start carrying water by the jug. Although that does sound like an easy fix to me, my Bride tells me to find a less violent resolution.
If I can't get this fixed within the next couple of days... there goes the weekend camping trip... grrrrr
Thank you for any help on this,