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Old 07-16-2018, 06:44 PM   #1
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Water tank covers, do they Support?

I'm removing my belly pan, are the water tank covers supporting the tanks or just protecting them? Asking so I know how to proceed.

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Tank covers/pans support the tank on my 2014 unit. There are 4 metal straps that are on the outside of the tank pan that provide support.
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Old 07-17-2018, 05:48 AM   #3
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Tank covers/pans support the tank on my 2014 unit. There are 4 metal straps that are on the outside of the tank pan that provide support.

Thanks for your feedback. My 1992 does not have straps on the exterior of the metal cover.
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Old 09-15-2018, 01:01 PM   #4
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Here's a follow up I should have done a couple months ago.


The Belly Pans on my 92 Excella run up to the Water Tank pans in the front and rear. The Freshwater Tank Pan is located between the Front and Rear axles. The Gray and Black water tanks are in one Pan located just behind the Rear axle. So, all together there are two pans and each pan has a flange on all four sides with holes approximately 12" apart that allow 5/16" Flange bolts to secure it to the chassis frame. The pan alone secures the water tank/s. When the pans are dropped the water tanks come with them. In my case, even with the bolts removed the pans were still difficult to drop. They were stuck in place. I had to pry them loose. Also, make sure that you've disconnected all of the hoses and pipes from the tanks. I had overlooked the fill hose for the fresh water tank. It didn't cause any damage, it just caused it to hang up. The pans are lined with 1" Polystyrene panels as insulation.

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My 2001 Safari had plastic pans with external metal straps. The straps obviously did the heavy lifting. My 2002 Classic has galvanized steel pans with closely spaced bolts and nothing else holding the tanks.

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That the pan supports the tanks suprises me . on my 1988 models the tanks are supported by straps inside the area of the pan.
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