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Old 09-02-2009, 01:33 PM   #1
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Leveling Jack Hyd Tank Support

There were previous posts regarding the fact that the tank for the hydraulic leveling jacks on some models was unsupported. There were some posts that showed how to build a metal support and install it. I am no metal worker so I built a wood support platform and installed it. I though someone with the same coach (2007 Endeavor) with the same laterally mounted pump and tank might want to build the same support. The platform is 3/4" plywood with a generous finish of outdoor poly, and the support are two five inch long 2"x4" blocks contoured on the ends to match the tank diameter. I put heavy duty felt strips under the metal band and fastened it down with fender washers and screws. Hopefully this will prevent future tank breakage and of course all the mess of the hydraulic oil leaking out as the tank bounces around. Here are the pictures.

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Thanks for the useful information. Did you have to get a new tank/reservoir? If so, where did you get it from?
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No, I put the support in before I had any failure. Before the support the tank would bounce around and leak a lot of oil from the top cap.

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Thanks for the useful information. Did you have to get a new tank/reservoir? If so, where did you get it from?
Best place I have found is here
A similar way to do it is here Using composite decking material
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Here is a photo of the composite decking as the support for the tank.




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I also had my tank leak and it was replaced under warranty, but I have a friend that just had his welded. We both made supports also.
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Leveling System Reservoir

Thanks all for the responses. My reservoir has leaked a number of times and the crack in the side keeps getting bigger (even after I used JB Weld generously over the old crack). Yesterday I went to an RV dealership repair facility and he said he could order a new one from Power Gear. I think Power Gear will no longer sell direct to consumers.

I am looking for the posts that discuss hanger brackets/straps, but appreciate the "flooring" alternatives discussed.
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Steve, there are different mounting orientations for this tank on various coaches. The pictures I posted are from a 2007 Endeavor where the tank/pump assembly was mounted laterally in the bay. I have seen some that were mounted longitudinally, front to back, and they have different mounting points. Bottom line is make a support, metal, wood, synthetic, etc. that will fit your situation - there are lots of options.

It is interesting that this problem, unsupported tanks hanging from a hydraulic pump, appear to be pretty common. We now have a 2009 Camelot and I found that the tank for the slide hydraulic system is not supported (it is in the front cap). If there was ever an engineer that approved these mounts then he/she should have their qualification tickets taken away.

Good luck on your replacement and support installation. If you search this forum you will see several tank support options discussed.

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Thanks all for the responses. My reservoir has leaked a number of times and the crack in the side keeps getting bigger (even after I used JB Weld generously over the old crack). Yesterday I went to an RV dealership repair facility and he said he could order a new one from Power Gear. I think Power Gear will no longer sell direct to consumers.

I am looking for the posts that discuss hanger brackets/straps, but appreciate the "flooring" alternatives discussed.
Steve,

Take a look at this thread. It may give you some ideals:
Power Gear Tank Support

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Thanks for the ideas. I fixed mine today before it started to crack. This forum is great.
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Lew, thanks for the info.

My tank (2006 Monaco Knight -40 PLQ) is also unsupported and it looks much like your picture, but it is mounted horizontally front (where it bolts on to the mechanism) to rear. The current crack seems fairly significant, but I may go ahead and have it welded as opposed to putting JB Weld on it again. That reminds me...is hydraulic fluid flamable?

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Steve, there are different mounting orientations for this tank on various coaches. The pictures I posted are from a 2007 Endeavor where the tank/pump assembly was mounted laterally in the bay. I have seen some that were mounted longitudinally, front to back, and they have different mounting points. Bottom line is make a support, metal, wood, synthetic, etc. that will fit your situation - there are lots of options.

It is interesting that this problem, unsupported tanks hanging from a hydraulic pump, appear to be pretty common. We now have a 2009 Camelot and I found that the tank for the slide hydraulic system is not supported (it is in the front cap). If there was ever an engineer that approved these mounts then he/she should have their qualification tickets taken away.

Good luck on your replacement and support installation. If you search this forum you will see several tank support options discussed.

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