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Old 12-04-2020, 01:17 PM
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Default Van's RV Fuel Tank Construction Tips - Mothership Video

We've published a new YouTube video - Van's RV Fuel Tank Construction Tips. It includes information and tips that can't really be covered in the plans but which we can show in this format. The primary focus of this video is effective and proper sealing while assembling.

Scott McDaniels from our prototype shop and I spent a few days filming, and the resulting 2.5 hours contains a lot of good info in terms of the how's and why's that matter most to Scott when he's building a fuel tank. It's great contextual info for folks to have before they start their own tank builds.

It's a longer video, and we can't cover every tank topic in this one, but we broke it up into "chapters" that you can click to jump around if you like. The most useful nuggets of "pro" info are interspersed throughout the narration of the process as Scott completes the tank, so for people who are looking at starting the process, I'd suggest setting aside some time to watch it all the way through, then use the chapters to go back and review if needed. We hope this is useful!


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Old 12-04-2020, 01:33 PM
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This is a great idea!!

More videos to come??
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Old 12-04-2020, 02:45 PM
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(Insert sinking feeling and “oh **** I hope he doesn’t tell me not to do it the way I just finished doing it last week”)
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Old 12-04-2020, 08:28 PM
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Nicely done Mr McDaniels!
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Old 12-05-2020, 12:06 AM
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Thumbs up Great!

Fantastic video showing all those lessons I taught myself the hard way !

This will become a go to for every first time tank builder.

The quality of instruction Vans owes to every builder of their products.

More! More!
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Old 12-05-2020, 07:19 AM
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Default Fuel Tank Construction

Extremely well done and informative. A lot of builder made tanks will not leak in the future because of this effort by Scott.
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Old 12-05-2020, 08:23 AM
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Very well done video. This will be a tremendous resource for everyone building tanks in the future!

Would be awesome if this is a regular creation at Van's!
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Old 12-05-2020, 09:30 AM
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Default BZ!

Greg, Scott:

I watched last night- extremely well done.

You are making airplanes better, and safer, by sharing best practices this way.

I look forward to more.
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Old 12-05-2020, 09:46 AM
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Default Thank you Scott and Greg! I made this thread a 'sticky'.

Up at the top where it needs to be.

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Old 12-05-2020, 10:13 AM
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Jeez...that is an outstanding instructional video by any measure.
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