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Old 08-19-2016, 06:54 PM   #31
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Thanks, Ross. I won't bother with the butyl tape then. It can get messy.
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:06 PM   #32
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Hmm, looks like a 9 inch diameter plastic part (kinda like a lid on a jar) would work well to between the LP tanks and the mounting plate to keep metal from contacting metal ...........
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Old 08-20-2016, 12:58 AM   #33
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The rust I mentioned on the tray was on the bottom side where the screws go into the frame. I've been using plastic automotive door trim on the propane tanks bottom edges and it seems to have taken care of the rust from metal to metal contact inside the tray.


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Hmm, looks like a 9 inch diameter plastic part (kinda like a lid on a jar) would work well to between the LP tanks and the mounting plate to keep metal from contacting metal ...........
But a lid of any sort would hold water, we need someone with plastic expertise to form a flat piece of plastic to lay between the tank and platform. Anyone we know
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Old 08-20-2016, 07:26 AM   #36
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There you go, simple and cheap. I have used the door trip on my Escapes in the past and may still have some somewhere in my garage.
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Old 08-20-2016, 09:59 AM   #37
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Propane tanks are under the tank cover so it's not a cosmetic issue. It's going to take years for there to be any reason to worry about rust through. I expect replacing the tray eventually is cheaper than buying rust paint and the effort that goes with it.
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Old 08-20-2016, 10:13 AM   #38
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It's the frame rusting around the holes the sheet metal screws penetrate that is the concern.
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Old 08-20-2016, 10:40 AM   #39
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Right Ross. The depth of the rust on the frame after just 15 months surprised me. I know it would take many years for it to actually weaken the frame, but I want this trailer to last.

Glen, your suggestion that the tray is replaceable is valid. The only time the tray rust is visible is when you lift the cover. However, as I am retired, I have the time to make things look their best and I am devoted to making our Escape look the same as when we got it. The door edging that I put on the propane tank bottoms looks to have already improved the situation (no signs of rust at all since April). I have also put it on the bottom of our BBQ tanks, where similar scratch-rust issues exist. I am going to try using hose washers between the frame and tray to prevent water creeping into the frame holes.

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Right Ross. The depth of the rust on the frame after just 15 months surprised me. I know it would take many years for it to actually weaken the frame, but I want this trailer to last.

Glen, your suggestion that the tray is replaceable is valid. The only time the tray rust is visible is when you lift the cover. However, as I am retired, I have the time to make things look their best and I am devoted to making our Escape look the same as when we got it. The door edging that I put on the propane tank bottoms looks to have already improved the situation (no signs of rust at all since April). I have also put it on the bottom of our BBQ tanks, where similar scratch-rust issues exist. I am going to try using hose washers between the frame and tray to prevent water creeping into the frame holes.

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