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Old 08-06-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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Propane tanks in 1975 mini-Winni

When I purchased our "new" RV, the previous owner proudly stated that since the old propane tanks were thirty-five years old he discarded them and purchased new tanks.
I just looked at them. They are standard grill tanks (empty of course). While inspecting them I read all the warning label. One of the warnings is "use in an upright position only". In the mini-Winni they are mounted on their side.
Is there any difference in the valves on the horizontal and vertical tanks?
Can I use these grill tanks? Should I only have them filled 50%?
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When I purchased our "new" RV, the previous owner proudly stated that since the old propane tanks were thirty-five years old he discarded them and purchased new tanks.
I just looked at them. They are standard grill tanks (empty of course). While inspecting them I read all the warning label. One of the warnings is "use in an upright position only". In the mini-Winni they are mounted on their side.
Is there any difference in the valves on the horizontal and vertical tanks?
Can I use these grill tanks? Should I only have them filled 50%?
If the new tanks don't look like these, then NO, do not use them unless you remodel the compartment to properly vertically install the BBQ tanks.

A horizontal RV bottle will look like this:



New, these cost around $150 or so apiece. Trying to use a vertical bottle, will result in liquid propane in the lines vs gas, and a rather ugly fire.
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X2 Everything Redneck said.

And to answer your specific question, yes there is a huge difference between a vertical tank valve and a horizontal tank valve.

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My 74 tanks

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Pictures helpful!

The explanation and the two pictures helped tremendously. I am going to an RV graveyard to pick up a used set and now I know what to look for. Thanks for your help!
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I have those exact same bottles, I still could find a place or two that would fill them, but got tired for fighting with stations, so I bought the 20lb horizontals from Bi-Mart when they were clearing them out, so I got two for $120.
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Do you have a generator and if you do could you post a pic of it?
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