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Old 05-07-2014, 10:22 AM   #43
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I guess my problem is the opposite of what has been discussed here. I ran out of propane in my motorhome and had to unhook and move in order to get more propane. It had taken almost an hour to get set up on a very unlevel site but had finally gotten settled. (BTW, I had called the campground in advance to make sure I could get propane when I got there but the guy left early so I couldn't get it.)
A friend showed me their additional propane bottle that they carried so they didn't have to disconnect their motorhome to get more propane. I purchased the additional connector and hoses and now just need to buy an additional propane container and figure out a way to carry it. I thought I would get something like milk crate or "foot" and carry it in the back of my tow car (since all exterior compartments are full). Suggestions?

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Old 05-07-2014, 10:33 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by vanion2 View Post
If it makes you feel any better my Fleetwood came with an 11 Gallon external tank and after 3 camping trips running the fridge full time, furnace at night, and cooking for a weekend each trip I am still at 3/4 tank full.

When I used the pop up I never used more than 1/2 a 5 Gallon tank doing the same above and that was on a 3 day trip through CO and running the furnace all the time.
As you say a RV refrigerator, WH and cook top use very little propane.
I have camped frequently during many summers.
If/when I didn't use the furnace, a 20 lb tank lasted all summer.
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:58 PM   #45
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I noticed here and on other threads talking about using one of these "kits" for adding the ability to use a 20# tank and to also fuel stoves, etc., from the on board tank that some people have mentioned the "double regulation" problem, I.E., the propane would be going thru 2 regulators, the on board one and the one on the appliance. I think there is a misunderstanding in that these kits install BETWEEN the shutoff valve and the on board regulator NOT after the regulator. This allows you to tap into a high pressure propane source and also makes the high pressure propane coming from your 20# tank go through the on board regulator before it goes into the RV.
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I disconnected my hose from the valve on the main tank, went to WalMart and bought a bbq adapter that shows the pressure in the tank. It has the inside thread required for hose on the main tank and the normal tank knob on the other end.

Use a 30lb tank and no issues so far.
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As far as the original OP's question is concerned, carrying a 20# (BBQ size bottle) in the basement of an RV is a VERY BAD idea and I believe is illegal under the NFPA standards. Even with the OPD valves on these tanks, under certain conditions of altitude and/or changes the bleed valve on the tank valves can weep gassious propane to the atmosphere. In a confined space under an RV with the numerous ignition sources available, you are just asking for trouble. BIG TROUBLE.

We carry two 20# bottles tied down in the back of the pickup. I've set up an alternate feed setup on the RV so I can run it on either of these bottles when we're boondocking for extended times. However, since we have a cap on the pickup and I occasionally carry a full size chest freezer (running) back there, I have piped the tank valves through hoses so any vented propane is sent to the outside, not allowed to accumulate in the cap and cause problems. Propane is not something you want to keep confined or mess around with.
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Which is why I have resigned myself to using the little 1 pound canisters or traveling w/ the little 5 pound tank in a milk crate stored in the shower of the coach. I definitely want to be safe/legal.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:23 AM   #49
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When travelling, I leave my 30lb tank at home. If I was in need of a tank on the road, I would just get a prefilled tank somewhere. No room to carry it in the cargo area and certainly won't store it in my toad.

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