Camper trailer SS water tank protection.

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 06:46
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Hello,
Wondering if anyone has used the brush style stone protection under their camper trailer to stop stones hitting the SS watertank.
Was thinking about mounting one just in front of the water tank as I cannot get a steel protector to fit over the tank. All views welcome.
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Reply By: GarryR - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 07:45

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 07:45
Hi Toucan, have you thought of using a spray on stone guard, similar to what they use on motor vechiles to help stop stone chipping.
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Follow Up By: toucan2489 - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 09:16

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 09:16
No, I had not thought of that. Will investigate. Thks.
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Reply By: The Explorer - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 09:23

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 09:23
Just a thought...glue rubber matting onto it?

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Follow Up By: toucan2489 - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 09:34

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 09:34
Thks. I had thought of that solution and even have the special rubber glue for the job but was a bit hesitant, as if the tank ever needed welding, I would never be able to get the rubber/glue off!

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 09:25

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 09:25
Why does it need protection? Stone damage is the least of your worries.
Our OKA had an OEM SS water tank. Stones were never an issue but how they are mounted is critical.
If they are not flexibly mounted they will fatigue crack and leak.
I have recently replaced it with a rotomoulded plastic tank which I have found to be much more durable and which do not require any supplementary protection provided the wall thickness exceeds about 4mm.
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Reply By: Member - Bigfish - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 09:50

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 09:50
My camper came with aluminium plates protecting the stainless water tanks. Wouldnt be hard to make as you only nedd 1.5mm sheet.
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 10:00

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 10:00
Hi toucan2489,

Have you thought about attaching mud flaps or rubber belting to the underside frame of your trailer in front of the water tank?

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Follow Up By: RMD - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 10:24

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 10:24
Macca
That is a sensible solution. If the rubber belt shield is suspended by sturdy hang points it can move and absorb rock energy as it is hit and therefore protecting the tank. Big, tank denting rocks will be soaked up and never reaching the tank. Doesn't have to be attached to the tank at all, better if it isn't. I fitted similar to the underside of my Tvan in places, it worked well . I got sick of spraying thick deadener because the stones simply abraded it away in a short time.
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Reply By: toucan2489 - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 11:00

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 11:00
Thanks to everyone for responses. At this stage I am favouring the nylon brush style strip suspended either just in front of or just behind the axle. The water tank is 400mm behind the axle.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 12:10

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 12:10
Toucan
How will a "brush style" screen stop airborne/bouncing rocks half the size of your fist from hitting the tank. May be ok for small stone spray.
I had a rock from vehicle wheels exit the vehicle, hit trailer mudguard. bounce forward and land on roof of cruiser, it slid forward, full length and dropped down between RHS A pillar and mirror all while travelling forward at 70kmh. Not sure a brush of any type will stop such rocks if encountered. All personal preference of course.
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Follow Up By: GarryR - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 12:56

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 12:56
I agree that large stones will still get through regardless. Using an under body spray /deadener will absorb most of the smaller stone and grit. This is quite evident, as all motor vechile bodies, including our heavy haulage trucks are prepared this way. Being an ex panel beater. Yes the surface will wear over time subject to conditions, but easily re applyable. Or as suggested before , place an alloy sheet over the faces of the tank required and replace the mounting straps.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 12:57

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 12:57
While I devoured my Cup-a-Soup ‘n toast, I found these 3 items that may help the OP.







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Follow Up By: Member - FSH00 - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 14:23

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 14:23
I like the idea of the horse good idea ????
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Follow Up By: RMD - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 19:53

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The horse is constant 4wd too! Has Great articulation and a commanding view also.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 20:31

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 20:31
But it does have some uncontrolled emission issues.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 22:04

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Allan,
All the emissions are fully biodegradable and sanctioned by Greta T. Horses will soon be powering her Laptop via a generator on a swivel post.
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Follow Up By: Member - FSH00 - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 23:23

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 23:23
You could also reuse those plastic shopping bags to store the gas in to replace those heavy steel bottles, works for gasoline apparently ??
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Reply By: Member - Jim S1 - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 12:53

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 12:53
Rubber mudflaps work well. Protect my fibreglass tank and my external tap piping.

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Reply By: KeithMember - Keith C (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 15:15

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 15:15
toucan,Ihave screwed fine birdwire in sections under our van, no stone damage at all now, just remove the section in the area you need to service. Cheap and sturdy. regards Keith
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Reply By: Gary T1 - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 15:19

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 15:19
I used this.

https://www.busybee.com.au/product/towing-brush-strip-caravan-stone-guard/
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Follow Up By: toucan2489 - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 18:04

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 18:04
Wow, so many suggestions. Very much appreciated.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 07:27

Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 07:27
I use a Stone Stomper. Runs between the back of vehicle and front of van.
Any stones that are flung up from the rear tyres hit the mesh and lose velocity, passing underneath the van.

Have used the Stone Stomper on three towed campers over a 10 year period without experiencing under damage to any of them.
I do a fair bit of off road travel and wouldn't be without the Stone Stomper.
I'm not saying rock damage can't happen, but the chances are greatly reduced.


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