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Old 02-15-2019, 07:19 PM   #1
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Best approach for more LP into our RV...?

This is not something I will do myself, I will hire a licensed contractor.

Our motor home lives in a shed about 60 feet from our house and 500 gallon LP tank. We don't use this tank as it only feeds the pool heater.

In the event of a serious, long term power outage (house is all electric) we would want to move into the m/h which has a 24 gallon LP tank. Our generator is gasoline powered and we have a 2000w inverter charger.

I can buy a couple of $500 tanks, hook together, set outside the shed and pipe LP in to the RV. Or....I can tap into the 500 gallon tank and trench over to the RV shed and pipe in. Cost is not a biggie, want to get the best results.

Probably the 500 gallon tank is the best way to go. Neither way will enable me to fill up the 24 gallon tank from the 500 gallon tank. I will only be able to feed the inside of the RV by bypassing the 24 gallon tank....I have been told.

Sound reasonable ?
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There is a product called “stay a while” or “Extend a stay” which allows you to connect external tanks to your coach. That and an appropriate pressure regulator should do the trick.

What fuel does your generator use? Do you have it vented to the outside?
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You could use an Extend A Stay Kit to tap into your MH then just get it from the tank to the MH. The kit taps into the line from the valve to the unit regulator. Tank people could make you a time from tank to your unit that is rubber.
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There is a product called “stay a while” or “Extend a stay” which allows you to connect external tanks to your coach. That and an appropriate pressure regulator should do the trick.

What fuel does your generator use? Do you have it vented to the outside?


I was thinking the same thing, the extend-a-stay comes with everything to use a 20-100# “portable” tank
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:03 PM   #5
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me? i'd look into adding a whole-house propane generator with an automatic txfr switch. i get the idea of RV=lifeboat. we would do the same in the event of a disaster like a fire, tornado. we put in a stand-by genny 4-5 years ago and it's been used several times, most recently during a 60-hr power failure in january. 20-30 deg below zero air temps wreaked havoc in metro chicago. far too cold to move into the RV. good luck with whatever you choose to do.
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I wouldn't trench over to the RV. I would buy 70'- 80' of hose you could store and hook up if there is an emergency. Set everything up with quick connects and store the hose until needed.
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Contact your propane gas company and they should be able to bury a gas line from the 500 gal tank to your MH and set up a connection. They are the experts.
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Contact your propane gas company and they should be able to bury a gas line from the 500 gal tank to your MH and set up a connection. They are the experts.
It's hardly rocket science
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They can bore a hole from point to point without the neeed to trench.
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Who lives in a shed, move the MH near the tank and then get a short hose made up.

You could also call your propane supplier to come and fill your MH in place.
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This is not something I will do myself, I will hire a licensed contractor.

Or....I can tap into the 500 gallon tank and trench over to the RV shed and pipe in. Cost is not a biggie, want to get the best results.

Probably the 500 gallon tank is the best way to go. Neither way will enable me to fill up the 24 gallon tank from the 500 gallon tank. I will only be able to feed the inside of the RV by bypassing the 24 gallon tank....I have been told.

Sound reasonable ?
That's what I did. Pretty easy and not a big expense as I did it myself. Trenchers are cheap and plastic gas line is cheap. I also installed a liquid pickup in one of the 500 gallon tanks (I had two of them) so I could fill the motor home tank before leaving on a trip.

You may need to change some regulators as you will likely need 1st stage pressure (10PSI) in the long line from the tank and then need to reduce it at the point of use. Any competent gas supplier can do it. Probably just need to contact the company you purchase your bulk LP from.
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It's hardly rocket science

It will be a rocket science experience if you do something wrong! Propane is not to be dealt with lightly. As a former short time residential propane delivery driver, we had to be certified to make any repairs or installations.
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Most residential propane tanks, outside lines and regulators are owned by the propane company and leased out to the home owner. Do not tamper with their equipment!
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me? i'd look into adding a whole-house propane generator with an automatic txfr switch.
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Better to back up the sticks and bricks house which is built for the climate than depend on a vehicle that may or may not be suitable. An RV can survive freezing temps if properly winterized, but a home could have extensive damage if allowed to freeze.

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