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Old 10-07-2018, 02:58 PM   #1
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Gas tank leaking

Hi y'all I got a 99 national dolphin 5350 with a leaking gas tank from bottoming out in driveways. I'm doing my best to get any and all unnecessary weight out of here but it's a process due to me being disabled. It's being a serious pain in the tush because it's right there at the butt joint of the underbelly and the back panel! We've put 5 patch kits on the tank so far, which works until it gets scrapped off(which usually is within 24 hours of spending almost $300 to fill it. I sure would appreciate y'alls thoughts on WWYD, tips, repair suggestions, or whether I should just replace the whole tank. I need the quickest, cheapest, most PERMANENT way to fix it. Thanks for taking the time to read my post, I look forward to hearing everyone's input! Have a blessed day!
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Two options I can think of are; rear casters which keep the rear from dragging.
The second option is to have a shop make a skid plate for the gas tank so it won't scrape the pavement
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I agree with Tony, perhaps bolting a steel crosspiece or along the frame rails would help shield it.

You might also check ride height, perhaps your springs are weak or broken allowing the low clearance. I doubt if this has been a problem for 19 years, I suspect something has changed. You might also lay plywood or blocks in the driveway to try and prevent bottoming out when going in and out the driveway.
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A little history on the rig. We bought it 3 yrs ago. Unfortunately, it has a lisp on the passenger side and after doing a little digging I found out the previous owner broke the tag axle. Like completely severed it, It has insane welding marks! That is the side that keeps scraping
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Maybe either replace the rear springs or add a couple of leafs.
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