Welcome to the Dog and Trailer Camping Community!!

Why join our online camping community?

  • Get technical support for your RV or search for information before buying
  • Use the member map to find campers near you
  • Find and participate in campground reviews
  • Get rid of these annoying boxes asking you to regsiter  ;D

More importantly, make new friends and join us at one of our many outings throughout the year.  This forum has some of the most friendly and sincere people you will ever meet!!

Author Topic: Cracked tank and plasti-mend  (Read 6351 times)

Offline vdub

  • Junior Member
  • **
  • *
  • Posts: 53
  • Referrals: 0
Cracked tank and plasti-mend
« on: July 12, 2011, 09:51:08 PM »
Almost 2 years ago (Nov '09), one of my gray water tanks sprung a leak.  I posted the fix on Outbackers.  I saved a lot of money by patching the tank with Plasti-Mend.

A couple weeks ago, my black water tank broke in the same place my gray water tank had broken.  The breaks occur around the tank and the outlet pipe.  I think what happens is that, over time, the tank gets older and brittle.  When you get a load in the tank, it can't flex as well as could when it was new and it breaks at the weakest, most vulnerable point, which is the joint where the exit is.

On the previous fix, I was able to find and patch the seam without removing the under-belly cover, but that wasn't going to happen for the black tank repair.  So, while I had the cover off, I put extra support (2x2's) across the frame, under the tanks, near the exit pipe.  Then I framed in a 16" x 32" access port so that if something ever happens again, it's easy to get to tanks and repair the valves or additional leaks, whatever.

On this picture you can see the 2-year old patch on the gray tank (which has stronger than the tank itself) and one layer of the new patch on the black tank.  I will put on an additional fiberglass screen layer and then a third layer and the tank should never break, at least not where the plasti-mend patch is.  I sure do love the plasti-mend.  It has saved me a lot of money.




Offline clarkely

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 5449
  • Referrals: 46
Re: Cracked tank and plasti-mend
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2011, 01:00:11 AM »
Nice Fix!! Looks good ..and stronger than it was initially!!
'17 Open Range 3X427BHS - 2018 Duramax - Happy Campers

Offline vdub

  • Junior Member
  • **
  • *
  • Posts: 53
  • Referrals: 0
Re: Cracked tank and plasti-mend
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2011, 01:35:18 AM »
Thank you, but it's not as good as what I would have done 3 years ago.  The stupid wegener's disease (I'm VW on the list) is getting to me and only allows maybe 3 hours a day, 4 days a week, where I feel well enough to do something, so it slows progress.  Three years ago, the frame would have been absolutely square, perfectly dove-tailed in, and all the screws would have been in a perfect straight line.  However, if does serve exactly the same purpose and does it just as well, albeit not as pretty....
« Last Edit: July 13, 2011, 01:37:31 AM by vdub »

Offline Sled Hill

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 344
  • Referrals: 0
Re: Cracked tank and plasti-mend
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2011, 09:02:20 AM »
I was going to post a Q about mending plastic.  Q answered.  Thanks vdub!  Sounds like you are a perfectionist and had to give some of that up due to age.  At least you are still able to put around on the tt still.  I hope I can when I retire.  Good job!
Formerly known as 'Up State NY Camper'.
2011 Outback 312BH

When we're not camping, we're Luging!

Link to our Luge story in 2009 on CNN-
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2009/02/01/wivb.ny.ice.luge.wivb.html

Our youtube channel-
http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?feature=mhum

Offline clarkely

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 5449
  • Referrals: 46
Re: Cracked tank and plasti-mend
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2011, 09:17:45 AM »
Thank you, but it's not as good as what I would have done 3 years ago.  The stupid wegener's disease (I'm VW on the list) is getting to me and only allows maybe 3 hours a day, 4 days a week, where I feel well enough to do something, so it slows progress.  Three years ago, the frame would have been absolutely square, perfectly dove-tailed in, and all the screws would have been in a perfect straight line.  However, if does serve exactly the same purpose and does it just as well, albeit not as pretty....

I am a perfectionist as well .... and all though i cannot sincerely say i feel your pain - i believe i can understand the frustration ............. bottom line - its the bottom of the trailer ........ only road kill views it :)

Stay well!!
'17 Open Range 3X427BHS - 2018 Duramax - Happy Campers

Offline vdub

  • Junior Member
  • **
  • *
  • Posts: 53
  • Referrals: 0
Re: Cracked tank and plasti-mend
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2011, 10:57:59 AM »
Quote
only road kill views it
Yeap, that's correct!  And, hopefully, whoever has to repair it next will say "dang, isn't this nice to have an access door?".

I am a huge fan of Plasti-Mend.  This is my 2nd repair with the original kit and I still have enough left for a 3rd repair if that is ever needed and the stuff doesn't dry out first....

 


Advertise Here
SimplePortal 2.3.6 © 2008-2014, SimplePortal