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Old 04-29-2013, 03:06 PM   #1
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Fresh Water Tank Fell Out!

Hi! First post here. After a lengthy search on this forum and others I thought I should post here about my fresh water tank falling out this weekend.

We have a 2009 Jay Flight G2 BH27 we bought new. This weekend was going to be our first trip of the year. When we were about 10 miles down the interstate we had someone pull alongside us and inform us our steps were down. I've never managed to do that before, but no big deal; I pulled off on the next off ramp. Well, someone was looking out for us because as I walked back to put up the steps I noticed the underbelly was hanging about an inch from the pavement and hundreds of pounds of water in the fresh water tank were sitting on it!

Most of the underbelly plastic had ripped away from the frame from the sheer weight of the tank. The two flimsy straps underneath the tank had broken but the brackets for the tank under the floorboards appeared intact. I opened the drain valve and drove very carefully home trying to avoid big bumps and potholes. After jacking it up and allowing the water to drain I was able to reinstall the tank and added two new straps in addition to replacing the factory two straps. A few trips down a dirt road near our house with the tank refilled and all appears okay for now.

My concern is, and why I'm posting, that this could happen to someone else. After reading all the different RV forums out there this seems to happen a lot on a variety of RV brands. I haven't found any for Jayco in particular but wanted to let you know it does happen and how dangerous it could be. My FWT sits in front of both my trailer axles. If it the underbelly would have given out we would have wrecked the trailer and who knows what would have happened to anyone behind us.

I'm losing more and more faith in my Jayco; every year something else goes wrong. This one being the most serious.

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Old 04-29-2013, 03:10 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Yikes! That`s scary stuff.........

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Old 04-29-2013, 03:15 PM   #3
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That is scary! I would contact Jayco, and share your pictures. Personally I have never heard of tank falling out of a TT that is in good condition.
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:25 PM   #4
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I have 2 friends who each have had the grey water tank come loose from its binding. Both not Jayco's.

I hardly ever travel with full tanks so I have not given mine a real test, but have pulled with the fresh water tank full several times.

A full tank is a lot of weight, not making excuses for it though.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:04 PM   #5
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Wow you were lucky. Hope you have the problem beat and have a safe trip.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:26 PM   #6
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Welcome to JOF. Thanks for sharing the experience.

Was the tank completely separated from the TT and only being kept off the road by the enclosed underbelly?

I ask because you say the straps broke, but the bracket at the top of the tank and under the floor was in tact. I questioned those straps when we purchased ou TT. I called Jayco on it and they indicated to me the straps are primarily there to support the tank during construction untill the top bracket could be installed. And after installation the top brackets are what secure the tank to the TT.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:53 PM   #7
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Wow, I have never seen this before in a post and like many of you out there I have read lots. I am surprised that the tank was able to get out of the top hangers. I wonder if the holes drilled for the side that comes undone were set too far apart. When you reinstalled it did you check to see how tight the tank fit? It's also amazing that the tank was held by the bottom
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:05 AM   #8
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I called Jayco on it and they indicated to me the straps are primarily there to support the tank during construction untill the top bracket could be installed. And after installation the top brackets are what secure the tank to the TT.
I was going to say the same thing...I dont think the straps are really meant to hold the tank, but it should not have come lose. I would put in a call to Jayco and see what they have to say. I guess a bunch of really hard bumps could do that as the tank weights several hundred pounds full...add the sloshing and you have a big weight...but it should not have dislodged like that....

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Old 05-02-2013, 10:14 AM   #9
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I had this happen to my previous travel Trailer. (Not A Jayco).
Upon investigation, I found the metal straps were damaged from the tank being over filled from the garden hose. (wasn't paying attention as it was filling)
The rectangle shaped tank actually took on the shape of a football from the water pressure & volume, bending the straps which allowed the tank to drop down.
Didn't even realize it until I set up the trailer at the CG.
Turned on the water pump , but no water. Crawled underneath and found the water line was crimped, due to the tank hanging down. I drained the tank, pushed on the tank to make it rectangular again & installed new straps.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:26 PM   #10
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Thanks for sharing! I'm sorry that happened, but I'm glad you posted about it - definitely something I'm going to check on before our next trip!


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