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Old 04-23-2013, 12:27 PM   #1
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Driveway Stains

Late last year I noticed rust stains on my newer driveway. The stains were where I occasionally park my trailer. I store the trailer in a nearby warehouse so it is only parked in the driveway before and after trips.

The stains were directly under the tongue area, there was even a circle where the trailer jack cone stood. I crawled under the camper and searched the frame for signs of rust. I found nothing.

Recently CPAHarley posted a fix he had performed caused by the plastic propane cover rubbing on the frame. On seeing that I thought that was worth checking out as a source for my problem. Upon removing the cover it was evident there was wear, but the area was nicely polished and though it was down to bare metal it did not seem to be rusty.

Proceeding with my spring preparation I removed an empty propane bottle for refill and there I found my problem. The attached photo shows the accumulation of rust inside the propane tank tray and the result on my driveway. The tray is well painted; there is a white undercoat and the flat black final coat. But it seems those tanks will wobble and rub no matter how hard you tighten the clamping system.

I plan to go over the area with a wire bush on my drill, prime it and paint with flat black Rustoleum. I will catch the frame that gets rubbed by the plastic cover at the same time. You can see some of that area in the top right of the photo. I think I will try CPAHarley's idea of a piece of clear plastic tubing on the plastic edges that contact the frame.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:26 PM   #2
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I wonder if a thin sheet of plexiglass or other plastic between the bottom of the propane tank and the tray would work. Preventing the metal on metal contact between the tank and tray should eliminate the oxidation.

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Old 04-23-2013, 03:53 PM   #3
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I noticed some rust on my frame underneath and intended to spray paint the area again, you might want to check the entire front area back to the foam. I'll try rustoleum.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:55 PM   #4
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I would glue down some rubber, maybe 1/8-1/4" thick for a cushion to prevent this wear.
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The rubbing and subsequent wear that caused the rust was not only on the "floor" of the tray but also up the lip of the tray.

Tim, I like your idea for covering the base but there would need to be something going up the sides. Unless what was used would keep the tank in place instead of shifting.

Jim, what about your idea of using plastic tubing on the cover, could that be used on the base of the propane tank? That plastic cover has a lip on the edge, that will improve the holding. Nothing to grip onto with the propane tank.

Jim, I have some unused rubber drawer and/or cabinet liners. I might try that. They are pretty thin and have the cross hatch pattern. Probably wear out pretty quick. There seems to be quite a bit of movement of those tanks.
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Jim, I have some unused rubber drawer and/or cabinet liners. I might try that. They are pretty thin and have the cross hatch pattern. Probably wear out pretty quick. There seems to be quite a bit of movement of those tanks.
You can get some pretty heavy rubber lining materials. I know Princess Auto here sells some. If you cut a piece to fit the base snug, it should last a real long time. I think you are right about those drawer liners, as well as the tubing idea, they might wear out fairly fast.
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I like the idea of a rubberized material as that should reduce the shifting. I can envision the tanks making an impression in the rubber and then holding steady. Thanks for the tip, I would not have thought of an auto supply store.
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You can always switch to two of these Lite Cylinder Transparent 20lb LP Tank
I'll have to see if tubing will fit.
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Go down to your local tire shop and ask for a used semi-truck inner tube. Cut it lengthwise down the middle and lay it open. Place one of the propane tanks on it and, using a magic marker or Sharpie, draw the outline of the tank bottom on the rubber. Stay about a half inch outside the line and cut out the piece of rubber. Do this for both tanks. Place these in the tank tray and snug down the tanks. They will now stay put and there will be no rusting of the tray. At the end of the season, take them out along with the tanks and make sure to remove any water prior to winter storage. Easy fix and the price is right <g>.

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There is also rubbery shelf liner made now that is common to find. In an open waffle-type weave. If you don't find one of the others. Nothing moves on it, at least not in the cabinets.
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