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Old 07-04-2019, 04:03 PM   #1
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Question Need to remove the gas tank on 1994 Fleetwood Bounder

i have a gas leak on the top of the gas tank. i need to pull the tank and repair it. it's 80 gal and about 1/2 full. i have been under the unit many times in the last few days. the bolts supporting the task itself are ok to get at, the issue that i am having is 2 fold.
1. i need to drain the tank of gas. 2.the fill pipe area right by the gas tank.
the inlet pipe is long and has 3 90 deg turns, i haven't tried to put a hose down but in my past experience it would be hard to get the rubber hose to make those turns to the tank, fleetwood put the pipe between the frame and the tank, there is a cover that the fill pipe goes through that joins the front and back frame, the front bolts are accessible but the rear nuts are not. the gas fill tube is metal up to this point and then there is a large rubber gas line about 2-3 inch od going into the tank. i need to figure how to get that small 2-3 inch entry gas line so i can empty the tank and it will need to come off to lower the tank anyway.. anyone have any ideas that could help me? unit is 36 feet
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:41 PM   #2
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When I dropped my tank last year, I disconnected the fuel line at the fuel filter and used the fuel pump to pump gas out of the tank.

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Old 07-04-2019, 06:54 PM   #3
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I had a similar issue on a 99 ford f53 chassis. The leveling jacks had to come off to drop the tank so I had a RV shop do the work. The issue on our coach was rotten fuel lines. The older rubber lines can’t handle the new fuel additives. The new chemical resistant lines are Expensive compared to what I was used to. Around $6.50 per foot if I remember correctly. Replace them all. The line to the generator and the top o ring seal too.The labor was not crazy around 4 hours shop time I think.

If your tank is in good shape it will give you peace of mind knowing those lines are new And the rig will not strand you.

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Old 07-04-2019, 09:37 PM   #4
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Went through this with a Pace Arrow in early ‘90’s. Had just filled the tank. Was traveling and stopped at a Ford dealership in Nebraska. About four hours labor and cost of all new hoses while they had it down. Ran great and I rested easy knowing fuel lines were new. They found a rats nest on top of my tank and he had started chewing the fuel lines.
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Old 07-05-2019, 10:37 AM   #5
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i tried using the pump (for gas extraction) but i'm getting air/gas mix. so i figure that the line is cracked at the top of the tank.
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Old 07-05-2019, 10:39 AM   #6
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planning on replacing the lines when the tank is down. thank for the info
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