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Old 06-11-2013, 08:28 PM   #1
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Propane tank question

Hi all I just purchased my first travel trailer a small 18ft coleman. It came with a 20lb propane tank on front. Just wondering if I can put a larger tank like a 30lb tank in the same spot as the 20lb. Was not sure if the 30lb tank is wider.Sorry for such a stupid question but i'm new to all this trailer stuff. Thanks for any input!!
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:47 PM   #2
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Hope This Helps!!

20# Cylinder - 5 Gallon Bottle
  • OPD is required
  • Filled by weight - weighs about 40 pounds when full
  • Holds 20 pounds of propane (4.7 gallons of propane)
  • Contains 430,000 BTU when full
  • Widely used for grilling, camping, and cooking
  • 17.5"H X 12.2"W
30# Cylinder - 7 Gallon Bottle
  • OPD is required
  • Filled by weight - weighs about 55 pounds when full
  • Holds 30 pounds of propane (7 gallons of propane)
  • Contains 640,500 BTU when full
  • Widely used for grilling, camping, and RV travel
  • 23.5"H X 12.2"W
40# Cylinder - 10 Gallon Bottle
  • OPD is required
  • Filled by weight - weighs about 70 pounds when full
  • Holds 40 pounds of propane (9.4 gallons of propane)
  • Contains 860,100 BTU when full
  • Widely used for grilling, camping, and RV travel
  • 29.5"H X 12.2"W
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:57 PM   #3
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Here in WA the law requires all propane tanks to be filled by volume using a temperature compensating pump.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:12 AM   #4
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I would consider putting two 20's rather than one 30. With two, you can get an auto switch regulator and never run out of propane. You would obviously have to replace the mounting but to me, it is worth the additional expense.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:58 AM   #5
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I agree with bradnailer. Get a second 20# tank and the mounting bracket. I think a 3 years ago when I had my TT I replaced the tank bracket for like $25 and took and 15 minutes to install.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:31 AM   #6
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Be careful with buying the new fiberglass LP tanks. The ones made by The Lite Cyl Co, have an emergency recall on them. Worse the company took the cheap way out and declared bankruptcy so those who do have them are out $$$. Ask me how I know that ;-(
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:24 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone!! Installing two 20lb tanks sounds to be the way to go. Im just not sure how the bracket would install on my trailer. Does anyone have any pictures of what a installed bracket with two 20lb tanks on it looks like?
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:59 PM   #8
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Basically the base, a long all thread, some nuts, and a bracket and big wing nut.
However, then you need two ACME thread hoses, an auto changeover regulator, and maybe one more hose. That's if you don't want to get out in the cold and swap the hose over to the new tank. And if you're gonna put two 20lbs, then just go bigger to two 30lbs.
Footprint is all the same for all them, height is just different.

I'm thinking you might have just a cage right now for one cylinder, right?
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