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I have made an hatch in the floor to change a spare pump if I need in the outback. But do I need access to the part besides?
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Looks like a fuel tank vent valve, but I could be wrong. Either way I would want access to it. Make the hole a little larger. I have not done that mod to any of my vans. I have a lift so I just drop the tank. If I was in the outback I probably wouldn’t have a pump with me. What are going to make the door out of?
 

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No, I wouldn't worry about that other part.
How did you get such nice clean straight cuts?
What tool did you use?
How did you do your measurements?
How do you plan to cover it?

Personally, (despite dropping a few tanks) I think the cut-out is a GREAT idea.
These pumps often go without warning... but they ALL eventually go!
 

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No, I wouldn't worry about that other part.
How did you get such nice clean straight cuts?
What tool did you use?
How did you do your measurements?
How do you plan to cover it?

Personally, (despite dropping a few tanks) I think the cut-out is a GREAT idea.
These pumps often go without warning... but they ALL eventually go!
This I think you call it small hacksaw
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Looks like a fuel tank vent valve, but I could be wrong. Either way I would want access to it. Make the hole a little larger. I have not done that mod to any of my vans. I have a lift so I just drop the tank. If I was in the outback I probably wouldn’t have a pump with me. What are going to make the door out of?
I put the cutouts back,have made a frame and sealed it so I take it in emergency situation-I live in Sweden and it’s cold and remote sometimes and I want a spare one with me if I camp I the mountains
 

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Nice work.
Make sure you carry a spare connector plug harness for the pump also.
 
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I wouldn't call it a "fascination"... more like a smart "solution" to potential future trouble.
Access hatches are nothing new.. they just don't come on Astro's.
Considering how common it is for fuel pumps to die unexpectedly, the access hatch seems like a GREAT idea to me.
And with all the measurements and documentation, it's not that hard to do.

Ironically, defending the hatch idea, I've only dropped several tanks so far and haven't cut a hatch yet.
Dropping tank not a big issue in my driveway.. but not something I would ever want to do if I were out of town.
 

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AAA Premier will tow up to 200 miles (I have this plan)
But it will not tow 800 miles (like my recent trip)

Certainly replacing a pump (even if you're not out of town) though an access hatch is much easier than dropping a tank. It a common enough failure that some people would apparently rather be prepared with a smart and easy solution
 
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