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Propane Tank Cover Trim

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Thought I would put this up here in case anyone else is having the same issue I had. Soon after leaving the factory, the plastic strip that lines the bottom edge of the tank cover started to come off. It was a very cheap piece of 'L' plastic kind of glued on here and there. Really, it was pretty ugly even when new. So I finally found this very nice 'U' channel on Amazon that fits perfectly. These trims come in a vast variety of sizes and colors. It appears to be a very high quality vinyl compound and has internal fins that grab the cover on both sides, so no gluing is involved. I just set it in the sun to warm up and gently tapped it on with a rubber mallet. Before doing this, I carefully scraped off all the old glue residue with MEK and a plastic razor blade, followed by a light scrub with a 3M WHITE scotch brite pad (love these for tough cleanup jobs on the trailer, no scratching)  Then I filed all the edges to make sure there were no sharp edges or bumps in the fiberglass. Then a good wash. Here's the product:

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01F9FXQLU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

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This looks so much better to me, and the fit is great, better than with the stock plastic trim. It's supposed to be marine grade, so hopefully it will last. My Elite took 5 feet to do. Those with the Elite 2 will need to measure, but the stuff is available in different lengths. It's all in the details!

 

Dave

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2015 Oliver Elite, Hull 107


1998 Ford E-250, 5.4 liter

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That is really nice Dave.  I'm gonna do it too.


John


"I only exaggerate enough to compensate for being taken with a grain of salt."


LE2 #92 (sold),   Black Series HQ19   

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Dave - I am constantly amazed with the people on this Forum.  People perceive a "problem" or a way to make something "better" and then they find a way to do it.   I think that this is why this Forum is so good.  I know that there are not many of us and I can only wish that more of the present owners would actively join in sharing their experience, but, until that happens, I certainly appreciate the efforts of member such as yourself.

 

Bill

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2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"

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We are always on the lookout on ways to improve quality. I am going to refer to our team about this.

 

Thanks for sharing Dave!

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Full Stack Developer/Marketing @ Oliver Companies

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Dave, I ordered the trim from Amazon. I had my cover off this afternoon because I needed to fill one of my propane tanks. The trim was still intact but I can see this will be a nice improvement.

 

BTW, when I pulled the cover off I found a growing wasp nest complete with a half dozen busy wasps. Since I was at my storage facility with only my truck I had to rub my chin for a moment before coming up with a course of action. I got my can of WD-40 out of my truck box, raised the red tube into firing position, took careful aim and released a volley of WD-40. Two wasps flew away very erratically, three fell to the ground and one dangled from the saturated nest.  I knocked the nest off and smushed it into the gravel and then proceeded to remove the empty tank.  Another use for the trusty can of WD-40

 

 


Mike and Carol | Fair Oaks Ranch, TX | 2016 Elite II #135 | 2020 Ram Rebel 4X4 5.7L Hemi

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I'm glad some of you found this useful, and hope the trim works for your cover. I'm hoping that Oliver makes them all about the same thickness. The thickness of my cover fell within the specs of the trim. Filing really helped to smooth out that edge and even thing out. To me, it has made a huge visual difference for the better. My wife didn't notice..! LOL. Oh well, we all see things differently, that's for sure. Happy camping!

 

Dave

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2015 Oliver Elite, Hull 107


1998 Ford E-250, 5.4 liter

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Dave,

 

Thanks for posting this.  I have been wanting to do this for some time and finally got around to it.  The Amazon link still works.  I didn't measure the amount needed for the LE2 and just got the 10' length.  It took about 7 feet total so now I have some left over to store forever and never find a use for again. :-)

 

Installation was easy....   I pressed it on by hand.   This product has some type of malleable metal inside the vinyl cover.  It stays on very secure and makes the propane cover sit solidly as well. I was getting a bit of rubbing on the bottom fiberglass and this trim solves that problem.   You will need a good utility knife to cut to length.   The hardest part about doing this is finding suitable trim material and Dave has solved that problem for us.

 

Scotty


Gregg & Donna Scott and Piper the Westie  -    The Flying Sea Turtle - Hull # 145     Western NC


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Hey Scotty,

 

Glad it worked out for you. Mine still looks like new and has worked great!

 

Dave


2015 Oliver Elite, Hull 107


1998 Ford E-250, 5.4 liter

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Did Oliver ever upgrade the factory installed trim based on this idea?


2019 Elite II - Hull #461


Tow Vehicle: 2019 Nissan Armada. 

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Not sure of the answer to that. But... I just looked at the new pictures of the LE2 on the website and it looks like they made an improvement to the trim.  Our 2016 had very thin plastic trim.  It started to crack after the first year.  I pulled it off and just left it bare for a while but then the fiberglass started to rub so I knew I had to make this upgrade.

 

For new owners... if you are in the ordering stage...  I would not worry about this.   If Oliver beefed up the trim and that works for you .. fine.  If not... it's an easy cheap upgrade.   Either way it will be all good.

 

Scotty

 

 

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Gregg & Donna Scott and Piper the Westie  -    The Flying Sea Turtle - Hull # 145     Western NC


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Hull number 351 that was picked up this past June has the original style trim, or at least not the trim style shown in the amazon link.  No trim issues to report yet.


2013 Toyota Land Cruiser 200


Twin Bed Elite II #351

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<b>Has anyone considered using this over the "gray" fiber glass edge on the twin beds? That is between 3/16" to 1/8" thick. Thanks.</b>

 

 


John & Eileen


2018 F150 EB Super Crew FX4


2018 Oliver Elite II Hull #405


 

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