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Old 04-08-2012, 01:34 PM   #1
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frame mounted propane tank

Hi ..I have an 87 Itasca Windcruiser ,with no propane tank ..before I talk to the dealer ...what is the normal capacity for the tank .. what do they cost ..?and searching the "net"I see steel.. aluminium..and fiberglass ..the last two make more seance to me .. but steel is cheep and will last longer then we will have the ark ..should I go stock ? with steel ??or ??and is the stocker big enough ?what is the normal use when boondocking ??thanks ..for letting me learn ..
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
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A company called "Manchester" made most tanks for motorhomes in that era and they are still around. Steel is fine. My 87 Rockwood still has the original Manchester tank-which was guaranteed for life back in 87. Size? I do not know what I have but I do know that after 2 weeks during winter I would use up 15 gallons of propane.
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I have never heard of or seen a fiberglass propane tank.
As to size that depends but I would expect to see a 25 gallon also known as a 100
pound tank. This would be a frame mounted tank not the common small bottle type.
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Also a bit of a clear up of terms. A Tank is horizontal and a cylinder is vertical. It is important because Tanks/cylinders have different safety needs. WB7AUK-I can see a ham call there-We are AA1OH and N1RPN here.
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the fiberglass tanks are a marine thing I found..on the net ' you can see the liquid inside !! a bit more expensive ..but no rust ..and lighter..my tank failed an inspection and was removed before I bought the unit ..so I have no idea what it should have ..
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Standard stock was 42 lbs. Optional was 68 or 80 lbs depending on model of Windcruiser (pdf page 42 of http://www.winnebagoind.com/products...1987Itasca.pdf; note 30MB file). For RV, I would stay with steel for safety.

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In this state frame mounted propane tank are not DOT and need no inspection,
I would check and double check to make sure over the road vehicles can use
the fiberglass tank, I bet not
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Seem like small tanks 9, 14, 17 gallon
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great information !! thank you..
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I have a 16.5 gallon ceiling mount tank complete with about a third full of propane if you are down this way.
It is listed on craigslist in the Portland OR area for $250.
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I have never heard of or seen a fiberglass propane tank.
As to size that depends but I would expect to see a 25 gallon also known as a 100
pound tank. This would be a frame mounted tank not the common small bottle type.
Learner here... does this mean a 25 gallon tank would weigh 100 pounds when filled? or is that some sort of pressure rating?
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The term as to 60, 82, or 100 lbs means the weight of the propane when full. This
is a approximate weight of the propane not the tank. A full 100 lb tank will have a
total weight some where near 176 lbs.
Propane weighs approximately 4.7 pounds per gallon.
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Note remember propane tanks and the like are not filled to the top so a 100 lb tank
when filled will have approx. 23.5 gallons of propane.
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