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Old 11-27-2013, 10:22 AM   #1
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Propane connection?

Is there a way to connect a 5 gallon propane tank to the tank already attached to the RV. I am a bout to run out and want to connect it, so I can live off of the smaller one until I get time to move my RV?
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:37 AM   #3
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Depending on where you are at there might be a propane service that will come to you and fill your tank. Have you asked at the office? Course if you're boondocking then you're out of luck.
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watch how it gets hooked up

We are going to be in Indy about 4 months so we had to get auxillary hooked up . The dealer sold me a 20 ft hose for $55 . I wasn t there when they hooked it up . When I came back I found they had hooked the tank up to the fill outlet on my motor home , I called the dealer and they said it was the only way. They also said it had to draw from both tanks at the same tie. I don t like that as my my tank is now dry . Other is at 70% which should be about 80 gallons. I would rather keep mh tank full as a reserve. Any suggustions
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I have two 4 lb tanks (1 in reserve) and a 4 foot hose. I can go anywhere with my Weber, like a BBQ party at another site, or a picnic grounds, or far enough away that the wind does not blow the smoke in the door or window, or maybe just to the other side of the MH if the wind is too strong.

Being limited to being close to my MH would be so...limiting.

Also works for the Coleman stove!
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Extend a stay handles all these problems easily. I am parked in a place where it would be very difficult to move the MH when I need propane and at home service is not easily arranged. I installed Extend a stay and have a 40# tank which I take to a local U-haul for filling when needed. Working just fine, easy to do.
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I installed the Extend-a-Stay setup; very easy to do. After about a year, driving up and down our good ole California famous bouncing freeways, the valve developed a leak in the T-fitting. The problem was caused by the
Extend-a-Stay unit cantilevers the regulater out farther from the valve on the tank and the constant vibration caused a crack in a female fitting of the Extend-a-Stay. I dismantled it and installed a more stout "T"(thicker) and solved the problem. I am going to attached a support arm to the unit to prevent any further occurrences.
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We are going to be in Indy about 4 months so we had to get auxillary hooked up . The dealer sold me a 20 ft hose for $55 . I wasn t there when they hooked it up . When I came back I found they had hooked the tank up to the fill outlet on my motor home , I called the dealer and they said it was the only way. They also said it had to draw from both tanks at the same tie. I don t like that as my my tank is now dry . Other is at 70% which should be about 80 gallons. I would rather keep mh tank full as a reserve. Any suggustions
First, I think you mean 80 POUNDS, not gallons. A 100lb bottle will hold about 20gal of propane, as it has a 4:1 ratio, and a tank is only filled to 80% of it's total capacity, as there has to be room for the liquid to "boil" to create propane vapor, which is what everything runs on.

The Extend-A-Stay (just a hose and a "T" fitting) is installed between the onboard tank valve and the existing onboard regulator. You can run off either tank, by just opening the tank you want to run on while leaving the other valve closed. When you disconnect the hose to the external tank, there is a cap that must be installed on the "T" fitting, as there is no way to keep propane from escaping through the T other than to cap it.

We have winter camped for the past several years, using our rig every weekend all throughout the winter. All of us use this arrangement. I fill my onboard tank, and then close the valve. When the 100lb external bottle is empty, I close the valve on that bottle, and open the onboard tank to I can run the furnace until the 100lb bottle gets refilled. If both tanks are empty, you can move the hose onto a 20lb "grill" tank also, but in cold weather, it won't last long...about a weekend in our rig if heating with just the furnace.

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All I do is unscrew the line and regulator from the MH tank and screw it onto a 20# tank.
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"Extend-A-Stay" is easy to hook up and works great for what you are wanting to do..
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Thank you for all of the help and suggestions. It worked out that my son was in town and we just drove the MH to a propane dealer. But I am going to invest in a extend-a-stay soon.
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