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Old 01-27-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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removing non opening basement cover

I have a 2002 40 foot alpine mh. I have a leak from the black water tank. The leak is on the left end of the tank, entry door side of the coach opposite the end with the valves. I cannot see the source of the leak. The basement area, at the leaking end of the tank, does not open. The basement cover looks to be rivited onto the coach in this area. How do I get into this area, leaking end of the coach, to try and find the leak and repair it? THe underside of the coach has a solid liner that prevents me from looking up into the tank area.

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Old 01-27-2013, 10:37 AM   #2
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The panels that look to be non-opening on our coach have bolts in the bottom that when removed allow the panel to swing up. I've accessed the tank area just out of curiosity and our neighbor who has a '04 has the same setup.
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The panels that look to be non-opening on our coach have bolts in the bottom that when removed allow the panel to swing up. I've accessed the tank area just out of curiosity and our neighbor who has a '04 has the same setup.
Thanks, I will crawl back under and give it a look!!
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:31 PM   #4
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A few folks have cut out the door to receive a SouthCo latch like for the other doors.

If its a leak you conceivably could patch, I'd use FlexSet by Marinetex. I've used it on water tank leaks and it adheres well. For large sealing jobs you may need to span the leak w/a patch piece of plastic.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:29 PM   #5
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I removed the two bolts that hold the panel down and installed two butterfly latches in their place. Truck Repair | Truck Parts | Repair Parts | Fire Equipment Works great. Didn't add the pneumatic spring struts though...didn't think I would access the compartment enough to warrant the additional work and cost.
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I had the Southco latch w/lock installed on mine after the sheet metal screws holding it closed fell out a couple of times while headed down the road.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:54 PM   #7
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I had the lag screws fall out of mine near Whitehorse while heading up the Alaska Hwy. I replaced them with larger lag screws which worked for a while as they were in the press board and on the very edge at that. Final solution was to get a piece of aluminum stock drill two holes in the proper places and threaded the holes to accept a bolt. I have had to get into that compartment only once since than. The bolts have remained tight and I have had no problem since.

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