Originally Posted by ARoamer
Every 5th wheel I have owned has the steel straps with the flip clasp. Yep, they all were loose fitting and scratch the tanks, but that doesn't bother me. By changing the straps out you loose the ability to lock them which would only slow a determined theif anyhow. If yours are too loose for your liking, find some adhesive backed felt and line the inside of the straps, or split some clear hose and slide on them to take up the slack.
ARoamer! Thanks for responding!! Funny you mention the lock on the strap. I inquired during the walkthrough how to secured (lock) the tanks on the fifth wheel? On my pull trailer, I ran a a steel cable lock through the tank handles then through the bottom mount plate. Anyhow, he gave me no idea that the strap had lock holes. My only remedy was to swap the door latch for a lock and I bought keyed locks right then and there. It wasn't till I got the traveler home and going through it that I noticed the lock holes..
My second thought of remediation is to unscrew the strap at the mount holes, cut it in half and reduce length. Then reinstall reduce the strap to size and locate rubber material I can wrap the tank circumference where the strap meets the tank to avoid an more damage.
By the way, the tanks are out and I sprayed clear coat krylon on the exposed metal to keep rust "at bay" for now..
I'm working on shoring up plumbing and electrical right now, as well, as finishing up the cabinetry. They crazy shorted me some cabinet space in the master bathroom with a false wall so they place loose plumbing behind it. hahah.. The lazy S.O.B.s ran flex water lines through there too instead of pex pipe. It flex lines WERE rubbing on wall panels in multiple places too. The space was too tight or too challenging I guess.. Anyhow, plumbing to spec. and securement and adding more cabinet space to boot!! Win!! Win!!