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Old 09-14-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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dropping fuel tank

Need to drop the fuel tank on a 2001 Mountain Aire pusher Spartan chassis.
Looks pretty straight forward except for one thing, there is a length of channel iron welded between the left and right side the sub frame about a foot and a half back from the front of the tank (below the tank, but not supporting it).

It seems to tie the two sides of the subframe together, but it appears that it will block the lowering of the tank after all the support straps are loosened.

If it were bolted in it would be no problem. Am I missing something? Will the tank still drop down in the back and come out?

Thanks any info
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:34 PM   #2
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On our 95 London Aire we dropped the fuel tank by removing 2 supports to get the tank down. Helps to get the most fuel out as possible. Diesel weights 7 pounds per gallon. You could see what any extra load 50 or more gallons would make. Tom 04 Essex
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:08 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.
I think Newmar might have used a bolted in deal. Not every day that a tank needs to be dropped but it does happen.
Maneuvering it out without removing the cross piece may be possible
but not easy which translates into more costly,

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Old 09-17-2013, 01:46 PM   #4
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Is this a job you are doing, or a shop. If it were me I would try my hardest to wrestle that empty tank out, but know I may have to cut out the crossmember and reweld if needed. Is this crossmember small or large? Got a pic? Could be the tank was installed from the top, which for you is not an option!

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Old 09-18-2013, 06:13 PM   #5
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Had a shop do it. The cross piece was 2" channel iron that was welded between the square tubing that runs front to back on both sides of the body after the body was put on. Could be a brace or what ever.
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 in the forward passenger side bay would give access to the top of the tank. 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 $850 for the tank. insurance covered all but deductible.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:52 AM   #6
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As info to future users of "Search" on the topic: If you need to have this job done, order a new fuel level sensor or at least a new gasket for the one that is there. $44 from Spartan.

Mine had a leak where the sender plug(sticks out a little from the side) got wacked while the tank was being lifted into place. Access cover allowed easy replacement ( I cut another one also) but a waste of time and a little fuel.
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