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Old 04-06-2013, 06:17 AM   #15
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I agree that the wrap-around tank cover is mainly cosmetic, but it does provide a safety benefit. Without it, a single-point failure--breakage of the rod that clamps down the LP tanks--could allow your tanks to come off while on the road, a highly undesirable situation. In that eventuality the cover holds the tanks together and keeps them from falling off.

I'm sure that failure of the hold-down rod is not a common occurrence--but it happened to me on our 1980 Caravelle. One morning I was checking the security of the tanks on the "preflight" and discovered that I could lift the clamp and rod right out! It had broken at the bottom end. I think it happened the day before when we hit a humungous bump in the road.
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I am not sure how anyone else's cover attaches but on our Bambi the bottle hold down doubles as the cover hold down too. If it breaks on our Airstream you are down to gravity and regulator hoses.....
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:46 AM   #16
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I am not sure how anyone else's cover attaches but on our Bambi the bottle hold down doubles as the cover hold down too. If it breaks on our Airstream you are down to gravity and regulator hoses.....
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Just what I was thinking. I guess it would kind of hold them together somewhat.

I personally like the looks of them vs bare tanks.

I've also used mine as a portable workbench on occasion:

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