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    After struggling with getting the tank straps closed on Momentum propane tanks for over two years I finally had enough and actually started looking at them. My first thought was to replace them with ratchet straps, but that didn't go as well as expected and then there was some mention of a requirement for metal retainer straps. I never could chase that one down.

    So while messing with it I noticed that the straps are attached with 2 self tapping sheet metal screws set about 4 inches apart. Pretty wide spread. So I unscrewed one and re-inserted it about 3 inches from the other one, then put the tank back in. The strap was easy to close, no more hammering on it or prying it pliers. The tanks were secure without movement.

    I kick myself for struggling with it since day 1, the fix was so easy.
    2017 Momentum 376, 2019 Ford F450
    Harley-Davidson Street XG750
    Kota the dog and KC the Kitty Cat

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    Dallas - I read a similar post from you in the other sandbox. Nice to see you are getting your toes sandy here too ! Thanks, for sharing this.......good information.

    Dan
    Dan & Carol
    2014 303RLS Reflection #185 (10/2013 build)
    2012 Silverado LTZ Crew Duramax 2500HD - 2700/16K Pullrite Superglide

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Canyonlight View Post
      Nice to see you are getting your toes sandy here too !

      Dan
      Testing the waters. I like to share my 9 years of full time experience. Doesn't always make me right or even good. But if what I write will help just one person then it is worth the effort. I am also kind of hoping that the fine folks at GD will be listening here also. I don't ever expect them to change a thing based on what I say, but perhaps what I say will add a little bit of data to the decision process. Perhaps propane strap installers will get a new little template gadget that makes each strap installation perfect. Could happen....

      2017 Momentum 376, 2019 Ford F450
      Harley-Davidson Street XG750
      Kota the dog and KC the Kitty Cat

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      • #4
        Originally posted by d2reid View Post
        I like to share my 9 years of full time experience.
        I, for one, am very happy to read and learn from others so thanks for posting, Dallas!

        Forum moderators are not GD employees--we are volunteers and owners presumably just like yourself. Unless specifically mentioned otherwise, we have nothing to gain should you choose to purchase a product or engage a service we discuss on this forum.

        Howard, 2017 Ford F-350 DRW, '19 315RLTSPlus

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        • #5
          Originally posted by d2reid View Post

          I like to share my 9 years of full time experience.
          Hi Dallas

          Welcome to "this sandbox". I have one propane tank strap that has always been difficult to connect. I never thought of just moving the attaching screw . . . good idea! Thanks.

          Rob

          Cate & Rob
          (with Border Collies Molly & Angel and their kitty Gracie)
          2015 Reflection 303RLS
          2014 Ecoboost F150 with Heavy Duty Payload Package
          Whitby, Ontario, Canada

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          • #6
            THANK YOU! Had a terrible time latching these. Will be moving a screw!

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            • #7
              I'm going to check mine tomorrow....both of them are almost impossible to close and latch....with channellocks
              If it ain't fast.....It ain't fun!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Triplethreat View Post
                I'm going to check mine tomorrow....both of them are almost impossible to close and latch....with channellocks
                GDRV-Megan and/or GDRV-Emily --this thread is good feedback for the factory. Perhaps with just a minor change in screw placement there'd be one less headache for owners. (Since GD doesn't install tanks you may not even be aware this is an issue!)

                Howard
                Forum moderators are not GD employees--we are volunteers and owners presumably just like yourself. Unless specifically mentioned otherwise, we have nothing to gain should you choose to purchase a product or engage a service we discuss on this forum.

                Howard, 2017 Ford F-350 DRW, '19 315RLTSPlus

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by d2reid View Post
                  After struggling with getting the tank straps closed on Momentum propane tanks for over two years I finally had enough and actually started looking at them. My first thought was to replace them with ratchet straps, but that didn't go as well as expected and then there was some mention of a requirement for metal retainer straps. I never could chase that one down.

                  So while messing with it I noticed that the straps are attached with 2 self tapping sheet metal screws set about 4 inches apart. Pretty wide spread. So I unscrewed one and re-inserted it about 3 inches from the other one, then put the tank back in. The strap was easy to close, no more hammering on it or prying it pliers. The tanks were secure without movement.

                  I kick myself for struggling with it since day 1, the fix was so easy.
                  Sweet - Thanks I hate those darn things. I put this on my Round to It list .
                  2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel. Reese R20 Titan hitch, Steadyfast system, 2004 F350 King Ranch dually

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                  • #10
                    And this is why I participate in forums. One little thing shared and I have made other peoples life a little better.
                    2017 Momentum 376, 2019 Ford F450
                    Harley-Davidson Street XG750
                    Kota the dog and KC the Kitty Cat

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by d2reid View Post
                      And this is why I participate in forums. One little thing shared and I have made other peoples life a little better.
                      You have indeed Dallas. I haven't struggled with my straps yet (new rig) but based on past experience, I suspect mine will be super tight as well. If so, I will do this Dallas mod next week :-)
                      Brian & Kellie
                      2020 Grand Design Solitude 310GK-R, FBP, MORryde IS w/ disc brakes, Solar
                      2020 Ford F-350 Platinum SRW Powerstroke Tremor
                      Hensley BD3-F air bag hitch

                      Previous setups:
                      2019 Grand Design Solitude 373FB-R, 2019 Ford F-350 Platinum DRW Powerstroke, Hensley BD5 air bag hitch
                      2016 Grand Design Reflection 318RST, 2016 GMC 3500 Denali SRW Duramax, Hensley BD3 air bag hitch

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by d2reid View Post
                        So while messing with it I noticed that the straps are attached with 2 self tapping sheet metal screws set about 4 inches apart. Pretty wide spread. So I unscrewed one and re-inserted it about 3 inches from the other one, then put the tank back in.
                        Sometimes I'm amazed at how dense I can be. As I re-read your post, you said it exactly right, but I just wasn't getting what screws you were talking about. I know my buckles are riveted on, and the connectors for the buckles are already at the end of the band:

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                        When the light finally came on in my pea-brain, I moved the screws, too. I did need to move both screws on each strap -- mine were really tight.

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                        Sorry. The pictures are for others with pea-brains like me.

                        -Steve

                        2018 Solitude 310GK, disc brakes, Morryde CRE3000/XFactor with heavy duty shackles
                        2012 Ram 3500 SRW 6.7 Diesel, air bags
                        18k B&W Companion, non-slider
                        640 watts solar, 400 amp-hour Lion Safari UT 1300 battery bank
                        Aims 1500 watt inverter/charger with ATS
                        Blaine, MN

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                        • #13
                          Hi Dallas. Good to see you here. I had the same issue on my 2014 and I solved it the same way. You'd think they'd fit check them before installing the tanks.

                          Jim
                          The moderators for this site are not GDRV employees, but we do own GDRV products.

                          Jim and Ginnie
                          2017 Reflection 297RSTS

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by d2reid View Post
                            After struggling with getting the tank straps closed on Momentum propane tanks for over two years I finally had enough and actually started looking at them. My first thought was to replace them with ratchet straps, but that didn't go as well as expected and then there was some mention of a requirement for metal retainer straps. I never could chase that one down.

                            So while messing with it I noticed that the straps are attached with 2 self tapping sheet metal screws set about 4 inches apart. Pretty wide spread. So I unscrewed one and re-inserted it about 3 inches from the other one, then put the tank back in. The strap was easy to close, no more hammering on it or prying it pliers. The tanks were secure without movement.

                            I kick myself for struggling with it since day 1, the fix was so easy.
                            Thanks for sharing!! I have passed this along to our production managers.

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                            • #15
                              Update on my previous post.....I relocated the screws on mine yesterday....both tanks, all 4 staps....all 8 screws. The guys that put these in don't really have much choice. The strapping is "pre drilled" with holes already in them. Now that's not saying that the manufacturer of the straps couldn't do something different, but as they are right now, they just come pre drilled. And yes, I drill new holes in the strapping material where I needed them to be.

                              While I was in there, I decided that I would hang some padlocks on the straps also. I had 5 locks that are all keyed alike, so each tank now has two padlocks hanging on them, since the propane compartment door doesn't lock.
                              If it ain't fast.....It ain't fun!

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