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    Default Aluminum frame foldatank

    Anyone using aluminum frame foldatanks (whatever brand)? How are they holding up to use?

    Will be buying a new tank shortly and I want to be able to offload and set up single handed. Likely will be a 2100gal double fold.

    Lighter is nice but still needs to hold up long term and some concern about how the Al will take FF treatment.

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    We have two aluminum frame folding tanks on our vacuum tanker. They get relatively light use since our response area is mostly hydranted and training isn't generally as rough as emergency use. They have held up just fine over four or five years.
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    We have had them for 8 years now and they are still in great shape

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    We have had our 2100 gal port-a-pool for almost 20 years. We have replaced the rope that holds the liner to the frame with big industrial tie-wraps. Other than that has worked great. We don't use it as much as we use to due to hydrants. But we still carry it and train with it at least once a year. We have also used it as an alternate water source during live training burns for single family dwellings.

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    We have a bunch of them in our automatic aid group and they get used quite a bit. No problems with the frames at all.

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    We recieved a 2500 gal alum frame tank w/ our new tanker in 2003. the first call we used it at it took the shape of the crown in the road. still that way today. it gets used quite a bit. it hasn't bothered the use at all.

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    Default Aluminum Frame Fol-da-tank

    If you currently have a steel frame Fol-da-tank and want to change to an aluminum frame Fol-da-tank, measure your tank brackets carefully to make sure it will fit.

    The square tubing used on the aluminum frames as opposed to the round tubing used on the steel frames increases the outside dimensions slightly so that they will not fit in some of the exisiting fold-down brackets used on many tankers.

    Check with Fol-da-tank for the exact outside dimension then measure your brackets carefully!

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    Ordering a couple of foldatanks for new tanker.

    Anyone have/using their or similar tank "Connector". Feedback? User friendly or a PITA?

    http://www.fol-da-tank.com/Page/Holders.aspx

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    The connector only works right if both tanks are at the same elevation, or the higher tank will over fill the lower tank. We just use a water witch on a 5" suction hose. That gives the engineer easier control without running back and forth to control the levels.

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    had 3 of them and never had a problem other than the string having to be replaced on one of them
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    as mentioned above the rope is a problem on ours as well, i think it is because of the square tubing that its constructed from. does any one have a round tubing frame.

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    When the rope has failed on our folding tanks we started replacing the ropes with heavy duty UV resistant zip ties. Have had very good luck for several years now. Initially we started using the zip ties to tie off the chute instead of the short rope. When you are ready to break down the tank after the incident, cut the zip ties. After the tank is empty put on two new ones that are stored in the pack on the truck.

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