…………Squeeky wheel gets the grease but in this case the fuel tank deterioration of our 2 steel tanks has brought this situation to a head. Its double cost having your tanks cleaned and lined with no real guarantees on the process. Designing a single new aluminum 53 gallon 3 baffled tank with a feed sump and the coach modification and install all will cost less than the bandaid things we have been hoping to solve our problems.Here in the tank, fittings installedwaiting for our second designed sender to come inthe tank fits in like this, note to protect the sump and to add back in the structure of the modified Crossmember, the1 1/2″ “L” crossbarallows the tank itself to pass thru the Crossmember structureevery fuel tank designer I’ve ever shown our original tanks to all agreed the were too wide and flat even with baffles. The fuel needed to be pulled from a “lowest” point thus the sump. An original tank will fail to deliver rural if you are less than 1/2 tank on a steep angle in any direction. A rear tank mounted sump protected by the 4 wheels AND the 1 1/2″ crossbar gives us the opportunity to have a better fuel delivery system and hey, if you’re going to design something new why not make it better!
We feel another improvement is accessible fittings. Still the sender must be mounted to the top of the tank but not being centered the rear of the tank can drop down for access and as you can see, the rest of the fittings are welded in heavy gauge flanges accessible from 1 side of the tank with the fill at the TOP where it needs to go to fill welllike I said, if you’re gonna design a new one answer as many problems as possible. This is looking to be a great upgrade. Our field testing prototype is coming back in tomorrow