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Old 11-08-2010, 11:51 AM   #1
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Propane tank access?

Has anyone else noticed that the access door for the propane tank on their rig makes it almost impossible to get a fill nozzle on the fitting to fill the tank. You have to get down on your hands and knees to get in there and then the nozzle hits the bottom of the door. Has anyone got a cure? (2000 40' front door)
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:18 PM   #2
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I made some gas strut extensions out of aluminum round stock for my 2000. Just be care full when you open the door with the slide out.
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:54 PM   #3
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On mine that was the only door that stayed horizontal. All the others opened full. It was to prevent the slide from being hit. However the slide was always in when filling and I hook up the remote tank before extending the slide.
Simple solution for me was to unscrew the mounting bracket from the chassis frame, 2 screws, and move it up just one screw hole. In otherwords I moved the bracket bottom hole up to the top screw hole and drilled a new hole to accept the top screw.
Just my luck, the new elevation matches the other doors exactly.
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I agree that since you only fill the tank when the slide is in you don't need to restrict the door to opening only to the horizontal. I replaced my gas springs with longer ones to achieve this.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:22 AM   #5
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Not necessarily true - sometimes you will find parks where they fill the tanks while you are parked - slides out and everything .

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Old 11-10-2010, 09:31 AM   #6
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I'm in one now. The Propane Truck comes through daily.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:04 PM   #7
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When we first purchased the Alpine in January 2001 access to the Propane was quite easy. But now the Alpine is almost 10 years old it is much harder. All I can say the Alpine has not aged well as it gets older things are becoming more and more difficult to do.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:39 PM   #8
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Thank goodness we aren't aging. I'd rather see my Alpine gather patina than myself...
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I made some gas strut extensions out of aluminum round stock for my 2000. Just be care full when you open the door with the slide out.
How does this work? If you extend the strut, won't the door not close?

(Sitting at work and having trouble picturing this...)

I've always wanted to come up with a way to have my doors open further as my coach is getting old too and it doesn't 'bend down' quite as easily as it used to...
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:42 PM   #10
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MFortie,
In the case of my 2000 Alpine the strut still had about 2 inches of travel with the door closed.
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