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Old 04-03-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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Is the LP tank cover needed?

I have a '75 Tradewind that has, what looks to be, an '80 LP tank cover. The tanks are 30 gallon tanks and I am wondering if I need the cover. Is it there for protection or for aesthetics? I am pulling with a Suburban so there isn't a whole lot that would be able to fly straight at them, plus I am not sure how much protection the thin cover provides anyway. I think that it looks better without the cover than with and that is why I am asking.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:59 AM   #2
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The covers are for looks only, IMO. They do make it harder to see if a tank has run dry and must be removed to get a tank off to be filled.

Polished aluminum tanks look the best.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:33 PM   #3
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One of our trailers has a cover, the other does not. The cover does complicate filling of the tanks, but perhaps the area looks a little neater.

I would not go out of my way to find a cover.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:29 PM   #4
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No, the tank cover is not needed,is only for cosmetics, and in fact, originally Airstream did not cover the tanks.....at least I remember my Dad's first Airstream, a '61, did not have a tank cover.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:25 PM   #5
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As the others have said, the cover is for looks.

If you don't like it, I'm sure that you can find someone here who would be glad to have it.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:08 AM   #6
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Thanks. That is what I thought, but I wanted to be sure before I took it off. It just doesn't look right with the big thick blue stripe and different aluminum.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:14 AM   #7
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It was part of the Excella package for many years. My 1981 has it my 1975 does not. Not required.

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Old 04-04-2013, 07:28 AM   #8
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I think it is dual purpose - aesthetics and protecting the rubber hoses from the weather - uv rays etc..... Nice to have it but not a necessity.
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might be good place to put 'stickers'?
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My '85 Sovereign did not have a gas tank cover when I bought it. I am not sure if it had one originally. In the eye of the beholder, I saw other Airstreams with covers on the gas tanks and I liked the look, but not the price to pay for a new one, Whew$$$$$. I waited a number of years and finally I found a cover for the price I was willing to pay. If you decide not to keep the cover put it up for sale in the Air Forums Classified. It will sell quickly with the right price.
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might be good place to put 'stickers'?

What "stickers"?
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I was in playful mood. Instead of putting slogan stickers on TV or AS she'll, you could plop them in the tank cover. Really just kidding?!!!!
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Food for thought

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 have a '75 Tradewind that has, what looks to be, an '80 LP tank cover. The tanks are 30 gallon tanks and I am wondering if I need the cover. Is it there for protection or for aesthetics? I am pulling with a Suburban so there isn't a whole lot that would be able to fly straight at them, plus I am not sure how much protection the thin cover provides anyway. I think that it looks better without the cover than with and that is why I am asking.

Hi, I don't think you will find a tank cover for your 30 gallon tanks, but my tank cover works great with my 30 lb / 7.5 gallon tanks.
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