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Old 03-22-2013, 12:26 AM   #1
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Be very careful....

Be very careful drilling through the floor under the bed in a 19' to mount any hardware...the fresh water tank tank is directly beneath the floor...and be careful of the screw lengths used in doing this..Don't ask me how I know!...
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:34 AM   #2
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Ouch.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:36 AM   #3
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Don't feel to bad, this even happened at the factory only with black tank on my trailer. Before drilling any holes or screwing into any thing on a trailer or vehicle one should know what is behind it. I recently had to change a roll over sensor and SDM ( air bag module) that someone drilled through both of them to mount something to the floor is a full size gm van. That was expensive!!
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Ouch,
how did you fix the hole, drill the floor hole bigger and then sealed the tank hole?
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:41 PM   #5
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Ouch,
how did you fix the hole, drill the floor hole bigger and then sealed the tank hole?
Jim,

I had 12 holes...about 1/16" diameter, some all the way through the tank wall..some shallower. I removed the tank, heat welded the holes closed and plan to reinstall it tomorrow after I seal the screw exit holes that went through the fiberglass trailer bottom exterior with GE 5200. I'm replacing the water fill hose also because I had to damage the original one to get it off the tank.

To weld the HDPE tank holes I used a very sharp wood plane to scrape some plastic off the tank near the corner edges and then used a soldering iron to melt those shavings into a small hot melted mound over the hole, working it down into the hole then used a flat tip iron to "iron it out flat. It is really sealed well.

...lesson learned!
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:34 AM   #6
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I am impressed with your remediation skills!
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:00 PM   #7
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I am impressed with your remediation skills!
Thanks! The more I screw up the better my remediation skills!
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:17 PM   #8
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Thanks! The more I screw up the better my remediation skills!
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:46 PM   #9
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Well, underside of the trailer screw holes are sealed, tank is repaired and re-installed with a new fill hose and re-sealed around the tank hose connections. All stainless screws inside on the floor hardware have been replaced with shorter screws....back on-line.....lesson learned!...ready for camping next weekend!...and .....now I know how to repair a HDPE tank....hope I never need to use my new skills again!
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You never did tell us why you were drilling holes in the first place, under the bed in the floor?
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