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Old 09-13-2017, 12:09 PM   #11
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Thanks sounds like a plan.

Reason I got started up under there was to disconnect the fill hose so I can replace the little flappy door inside the drivers door, the hose has zero slack and I did not want to try and stretch it for fear of damaging the fitting on the tank. Guess I need to stay cautious and do this the right way too.
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:29 PM   #12
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I think Roadtrek quit using the flap door on the fill tube somewhere between yours and our 2007, probably because they leaked and broke often. Ours just has a plastic plug with a small vent hole in it that you pull out completely. It works great unless you lose it.
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:31 PM   #13
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Do you have any photos?
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:58 PM   #14
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Here's photos of the brace and the hanger rod.

On closer inspection, looks like the rod does a bit of a bend in it and will need some persuasion to get it back where it should be. I wasn't sure how it was attached to the frame but from this it looks like it may be welded. Will need to be careful not to break that weld when bending this back or I will have a real mess on my hands.
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The second pic looks like it took a hit on the side and twisted the channel and bent the rod. I would have been a good sized hit, I think to do that much bending.

The area to the left in the second pic would normally be what connects to the running board, I think. One of the screws would be accessed through the open hole in the channel.
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Is it really affecting the water tank much?

or just the Mr Fixit's OCD?
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:11 PM   #17
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I think it depends on if there are any sharp edges or stress points on the tank from it as it loads and unloads from weight.

I would worry more about the lack of support or sharp edge into the running board fiberglass, as they will crack if allowed to flex very much.
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LOL Booster you must have these things imprinted onto your brain cells. Your description of how that brace attaches to the running board is dead on. I found the 2 holes in the fiberglass, and the holes in the brace, and had figured what that single oversized hole was for. Then I read your post and had to laugh as you had spelled it out 100%.

Regarding getting this fixed, yes, it is putting more pressure on the tank than the pictures show, especially since the twist in the brace puts the sharp edge of the brace directly agains the corner edge of the tank. Plus, the outer end of the brace is also twisted counter clockwise, and has caught the edge of the fiberglass where it turns back under, putting a knifes edge stress point on it. It is not a difficult fix so probably get it done tonight.
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