Nacogdoches, Texas-based Foretravel Motorcoach has inked a deal with Florida Marine Tanks to provide 219-gallon aluminum diesel fuel tanks for the company’s flagship diesel pusher, the ih-45.
The aluminum tanks provide flexibility and durability to the units Foretravel Senior Design Engineer Bill Sethman said in a news release.
“Steel has to be painted and coated inside,” he said. “And poly requires tooling, so when you spend the money to go with plastic, you become locked into a specific size and shape.
“When a customer spends between $750,000 and $1 million on a coach, they don’t want it breaking down and giving problems — they just want to get in and go.”
According to the release, the tanks are hand-fabricated and the welds are tested individually. Since each is built to spec, coachbuilders modifying their designs don’t have to worry if a dimension changes or a fitting needs to move.