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Old 09-15-2013, 06:06 AM   #1
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2001 Mountain Aire fuel tank

I may need to drop the fuel tank in my 2001 Mountain Aire DP Spartan chassis. It goes to a repair shop tomorrow and it would be good if I knew ahead of time what is involved.

The Job looks straight forward.. unfasten the hanger straps and drop it, but there is a cross member made from channel iron that goes across from one side of the body sub frame to the other and welded on both ends to the square tube that makes up the sub frame. It appears that it makes it impossible to just drop the tank. It runs across about 18" from the front of the tank.

Anyone do or have this job done for them? Any info appreciated. Thanks.
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No experience with your coach. However, it's unlikely that cross member would have to be removed. If it's only 18" from one end, look on the other end to see if the tank can be moved that 18", then drop down. Even worse case scenerio, they cut the member and re-weld, a very small job.
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Good point. Hope it won't be a problem. Thanks for the reply.
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I had the tank in my 2000 MADP dropped and welded last year. The just used a torch to cut the channel and welded it back on when done. It looks a little dodgy, but I'm ok with it. BTW, if you have work done on your tank, buy 3-4 sets of fuel filters and know how to change them.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:55 AM   #5
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Hi hillboy,
Why do you feel the tank needs to be dropped?
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Hit some debris in the road and MH is being checked for damage to the tank. If there is, it may have to be dropped etc.
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:29 PM   #7
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First this post is similar to a post I put up on the Spartan board which at first received no replies.

A search provided little info so I have to conclude that replacing a fuel tank is pretty rare. I'll post what had to be done to get it done so next person might gain.

First rule is call Newmar or Spartan before you start.


Had an excellent shop in Albany NY do it. Tank came from Spartan

A problem was a piece of 2" channel iron that was welded between the square tubing that runs front to back on both sides of the body. Could be a brace or what ever. Put on by Newmar after the body was on the chassis.

No way (on mine) to drop the fuel tanks without removing the cross bar.

No problem cutting out the cross piece and remove and replace old tank. Some tight work because they and I, didn't realize soon enough that removing the back panel (facing the tank) in the forward passenger side bay would give access to the top of the tank, and allow disconnection of lines etc. Probably if we had contacted Newmar they might have given the info.
In any case, all done, welding looks great and we are ready to go.

As info: 7 hrs of labor and Spartan price for the tank. insurance covered all but deductible

Thanks for all who replied.
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