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Old 09-12-2014, 06:02 PM   #1
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Fuel tank drain plug issues

I recently purchased a 1989 Fleetwood Bounder 34J (in June), I have used it 2 times for short journeys, 114 miles round trip both times, it has been back and forth from storage to the house to work on about 4 times, approximately 10 miles round trip. All this time I never experienced a leak, except for a small leak at first for the auto park brake, it stopped after one time leaking. Well, I have discovered since the last time on the longer trip, when I filled the gas tank to about 3/4 full, the drain plug on the gas tank started to drip, ever so slightly, but when sitting there when we are setup, it tends to drip a fair amount, not terrible, but enough to make me notice it but it seems that when the gas is back down around. A 1/4 of a tank, the drain plug does not leak anymore. I am quite nervous about trying to tighten the drain plug, in case it let's loose and damages it, it also looks like it has been JB welded previously around it, any thoughts on how to fix this myself, or can it be sealed again at the drain plug, or just a new drain plug

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Old 09-12-2014, 09:10 PM   #2
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I sounds like the plug's seal over time has dried out and is now leaking through the threads. I would try and get as much fuel siphoned out as possible and remove plug and get some pipe dope/tape(whatever is used for fuel tanks) and reseal plug's threads.

Definitely want to get plug out to be sure there's no rust, which will need cleaned up before resealing. A new plug may be needed if lots of rust buildup on those threads.

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Old 09-13-2014, 08:16 AM   #3
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It would be a good idea to drain the tank anyway, since the introduction of ethanol into our gas there has been a problem with rust and water build up, it will eat up rubber and draw water from the air around, adding dry gas just makes it worse. You'll be surprised how much junk will come out.
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Thanks everyone for the feedback! Although now upon crawling under there again, I noticed that the front support brace is loose, so I tightened up the drivers side bolt for the support brace, however the passengers side bolt for the support bracket just spins, no way to get to the top nut because of the frame and gas tank, hope I am not doomed and loose a gas tank
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