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Old 09-11-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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Looking ahead to go on the boon docking trail. Would like to carry a propane tank for outside cooking. What size would be wise. Thought about tapping into the permanent tank in the RV,,but thought this would be better. We have a 2011 Southwind 32V. Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:23 AM   #2
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The 5 gal. ( 20 lbs. ) size is my choice. Easy to handle , and stabilize for transport, both in the coach, and toad ; to take for refill.
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Thing I found over the years is that those smaller tanks (20lb) are always way more expensive to fill then the main tank, 4X as much per gallon at those 'trade-a-tank' racks outside stores. Even propane distributors often charge more for them. So I just added a take off, like an extend-a-stay, to the main tank. The take off is there, why not use it? (Since you a have a Class A, I'm assuming you already have a built in 25 gallon tank).
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We use an 11 pound tank for the Weber Q grille. We also made a bracket similar to the ones used on some propane powered fork lifts to secure the tank for travel. It sure beats carrying around a dozen 1 lb canisters. With the canisters it seems like we always started cooking a meal with a partially used one and had to change it out before finishing. We usually fill the 11 pound tank once per season.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:47 PM   #5
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We use an eleven pound tank, too. When we have the coach tank filled, we have the 11# filled too. We are charged by the gallons used for both, and the pricing is the best we have been able find.
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I too go with a 20 pounder (5 gallon) or even a smaller tank if it's just for the grill.

Go to Sears, (No other, Just Sears) read the stamping on the tanks and find the FULL weight of the bottle.

Now go over to the fitness department and pick up the same amount of dumbell or barbell.. See how you like carrying it.. IF it is too heavy, Go look at a smaller tank and repeat.

Once you find a weight you can wrangle easily.. Find a store to buy from.

You don't what to know what I can wrangle.
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We use an eleven pound tank, too. When we have the coach tank filled, we have the 11# filled too. We are charged by the gallons used for both, and the pricing is the best we have been able find.
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Thing I found over the years is that those smaller tanks (20lb) are always way more expensive to fill then the main tank, 4X as much per gallon at those 'trade-a-tank' racks outside stores. Even propane distributors often charge more for them. So I just added a take off, like an extend-a-stay, to the main tank. The take off is there, why not use it? (Since you a have a Class A, I'm assuming you already have a built in 25 gallon tank).

Depends on where you go. I go to places that have a meter just like a gas pump and you are charged for the ACTUAL amount they put in. My local Uhaul dealer works like that.

I would never go to a "tank exchange" company as they fill them less full. Some places charge you a "flat rate" which is also a rip off.

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