Has anyone ever had to deal with a fuel tank problem? I had an interesting problem I had to deal with this past summer. And to be honest, I never did get it completely resolved yet.
The problem I'm going to outline happens mostly in the cold weather states. The issue surfaced when I had to replace the fuel pump in my '95' Riv. As many of you probably are aware, the fuel tank is made of plastic. However, the ring that holds the fuel pump in place is made of metal. The design of the Riv causes the rear wheel to throw road garbage up onto the fuel tank. Not a problem for the tank, but definitely a problem for the metal ring that holds the fuel pump in place.
The tabs on the metal ring on my fuel pump were rusted away from the road salt the rear tire threw up on the tank over the many winters the vehicle had been on the road. This made locking the fuel pump in place almost impossible. I tried to buy a new fuel tank, but new fuel tanks are not available. All the used fuel tanks within driving distance of where I live had the SAME problem, the tabs were rusted to the point that the used tanks were no good. Used fuel tanks from fair weather areas around the country cannot be shipped via normal carriers because of hazardous material laws. Once the tank has contained fuel, it's considered a hazardous item for common carriers. They cannot be shipped.
So, at this point my fuel pump is not as secure as I would like because I kept my original fuel tank in the vehicle. Not good!
Anyone have any ideas about this problem? I can't possibly be the only soul on the planet with a Riv that has the fuel pump tabs on the fuel tank rusted away.