$*%85$, I know lumber went up but whoa!
I re-installed the 1 inch plywood. (Before I read the previous post) I also brushed and primed the brackets then put a little silicon on the friction side. One side of the wood was damp (or at least felt a bit that way). A week in a kiln and a good inspection showed it to be rock solid. 85$$$$ holy $#!&, I just can't get over ---was that at least a full sheet?
Back on subject - I measured the tank and without extracting the indent areas I came up with 44 gallons. The owners manual said 50, but when I estimate the indent areas this looks like a 40. I will check it out next spring when I fill it to test the new plumbing, which unfortunately will not be done before spring. The time is there but hunting season is coming up and I have several German Wirehair's that need their time! If I don't do dog and hunt time we could be over run with Pheasants, Grouse and Ducks and I wouldn't want to be responsible for that! I quit hunting geese a few years ago and now the place is crawling with them.
This AS has had a few non standard items like a single 20 amp circuit, the 40 gallon tank and a couple of other items that are different from the original owners manual. At least it is "solid". The waste tank set up could have been better, but some things I will have to live with (or get radical).
The one nice thing about removing the old tank was that I inspected it, hot rinsed it then sanitized it with Hypochlorite (think of it like high test Chlorox!). When I put in new tank lines I added a gravity drain by way of a two way valve. I will also put a separate blow down drain in after I get past the strainer and filter. The gas lines all tested good, and got new screws in the brackets.
It will be nice to get these last mechanical projects done so I can use the old camel again. Just the plumbing, then I am functional. There will still be some stuff left like three more awnings, a window gaurd and polishing the body and then recoating it! I will be a bit surprised if I get all of that done.
Ya know (as they say in MN) this thing may have passed from a hobby into an obsession!
($85 plywood wow!..., how thick was the gold plate?)