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TonyBusto 05-04-2004 11:03 AM

Stainless Steel & Mirror Finish LP Tanks
I'm doing a quick "market survey..." If you could replace your stock LP tanks with mirror-finish stainless steel ones, would you? How much would you pay per tank?

Would you prefer polished (ie: mirror) or standard stainless steel? Both varities would come clear-coated to help protect the finish.

You can send me your "vote" at: I'll send you the results via personal e-mail if you're interested.



PS: I'm not really a new member, it's just that I forgot my password and user name, so I re-registered!

Airstream 1975! 05-04-2004 02:16 PM

I would stick to the original Worthington Aluminum tanks. They can be polished to a mirror finish just like the Great AMERICAN Airstream itself. They weigh less than its equivalent size steel tanks. Aluminum doesn't rust either. Probably a no-brainer.Rob

overlander64 05-04-2004 03:13 PM

Stainless Steel & Mirror Finish LP Tanks
Greetings Tony!

As well as the Worthington Aluminum tanks polish up, I couldn't imagine going back to the added weight of a steel product. The filled 40 pound Aluminum tanks are almost as easy to manage as my former 30 pound steel tanks. The photo below is of the Worthington tanks on my '64 Overlander - - they were purchased new to replace the steel tanks that had been on my Overlander for about a twenty years - - the Ruths of P & S Trailer Service polished the tanks along with my coach, but the tanks were not Plasticoated as there was concern that normal handling would "break" the Plasticoat surface and result in hazing of the coating. In use, I have found that the finish can be maintained with annual polishing with Met All with regular maintenance coatings of Walbernize (when the balance of the coach is Walbernized)


Chuck 05-04-2004 05:26 PM

...and when something catastrophic happens on the road, and you wind up dragging one of these things behind sparks!

with steel: lots of sparks :eek: :eek:

Rog0525 05-04-2004 05:50 PM

Good point, Chuck. Just 2 weeks ago I was towing my recently acquired '76 Argosy to a grain mill to be weighed when I heard a dragging and banging sound. One of the steel LP tanks had gotten loose from it's perch and was dragging along by just the hose.
It was empty but still could have been a very explosive situation.
I have aluminum tanks on my Caravel and would not consider switching to stainless or any other steel.

TonyBusto 05-05-2004 09:37 AM

Excellent feedback! You guys are right on, and those polished aluminum tanks are beautiful.

Now, do you think there's a market for pre-polished aluminum tanks? Or are most Airstreamers the "do it yourself" type?

(I'm an MBA grad student at DePaul in Chicago... and I'm itching to apply my soon-to-be-acquired degree to work! I hope to become affluent enough to purchase a new Safari bunk!!)

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