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Old 01-10-2018, 03:00 PM   #1
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Storing Propane Tank in all Electric Coach

I have a small Weber grill and a propane fire pit and I have no idea where to store the propane tank(s). I thought they needed to be in a ventilated area and Iím worried as Iím traveling through warmer weather (Yay!) where to put them. They were in my toad as I figured the further away from me, the better. Any suggestions/advice for this newbie would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Are you talking about the 20 lb bottles or the small disposable bottles that are purchased in the camping section at Walmart?

Important to keep the 20 lb bottles in an upright position when transporting. That way if they do vent it will be vapor. If laying on the side it will be liquid.

We carry several small bottles when we have the portable grill with us. I figure if they can have them indoors at the store carrying a couple in the bay can not be too bad.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:20 PM   #3
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Are you talking about the 20 lb bottles or the small disposable bottles that are purchased in the camping section at Walmart?

Important to keep the 20 lb bottles in an upright position when transporting. That way if they do vent it will be vapor. If laying on the side it will be liquid.

We carry several small bottles when we have the portable grill with us. I figure if they can have them indoors at the store carrying a couple in the bay can not be too bad.


Thanks Gordon. Good point about the small ones being in the store. That is what I have too; however, I wanted to buy one of the larger ones for the fire pit, but have procrastinated since I got nervous about storing it.
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Propane is heavier than air, so it has a tendency to collect along the floor or lowest point. That's why propane detectors are mounted so close to the floor.
While I wouldn't worry much about the little 1 pounders, the 20 pounders really ought to have a ventilated space.
I have a 5lb jug which I carry to use with our gas grill. I hate those little 1lb bottles, they never last long, and will slowly leak if you remove them once they're screwed into the regulator. Plus, they're wasteful and not easy to recycle. My 5 pounder rides in a plastic open box, and I always double check the valve and use the plug that came with it.
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Propane is heavier than air, so it has a tendency to collect along the floor or lowest point. That's why propane detectors are mounted so close to the floor.

While I wouldn't worry much about the little 1 pounders, the 20 pounders really ought to have a ventilated space.

I have a 5lb jug which I carry to use with our gas grill. I hate those little 1lb bottles, they never last long, and will slowly leak if you remove them once they're screwed into the regulator. Plus, they're wasteful and not easy to recycle. My 5 pounder rides in a plastic open box, and I always double check the valve and use the plug that came with it.


That is what I want to get a (5 lb) jug. Do you put it in your basement or toad? Thanks!

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I have the same coach but a 2016 and I store the tanks in the basement but cushioned. I never thought of heat but they sit in the sun with no problem. I'll follow this thread. By the way, did they fix the driver seat hitting the wood trim when you tilt the back rearward?
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We carry a 20lb tank (for our campfire in a can). It will off-gas if the bay its in gets hit by the sun - been there done that. So ours is in one of our bays that has an opening in the bottom (like our wet bay has). This way the vapors have a place to go because we can't always guarantee our orientation on a campsite to be sure that bay isn't in direct sun.

We also store it inside a plastic milk crate so it doesn't tip over.

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We carry a 20lb tank (for our campfire in a can). It will off-gas if the bay its in gets hit by the sun - been there done that. So ours is in one of our bays that has an opening in the bottom (like our wet bay has). This way the vapors have a place to go because we can't always guarantee our orientation on a campsite to be sure that bay isn't in direct sun.

We also store it inside a plastic milk crate so it doesn't tip over.

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This is my concern. I donít have a ventilated bay.
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I have an all electric coach and also have a barbecue and propane fire pit. I wanted to carry propane safely in the coach somewhere. After reading all the previous posts on this subject I purchased a propane tank rack and mounted it to my bike rack. It fits on the back of the motorhome. I didn't like the look of it back there so I slip a black nylon laundry bag over it when I travel. It's well ventilated. The only downside is that the engine heat warms up the tank a bit and probably vents off some of my propane.
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Lets see, tank venting propane next to hot engine, what could go wrong?
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'16 38' Ventana (all electric) here. I stow mine in a forward basement compartment. I bought a tank foot to stabilize it. It works fine...
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We carry a 20lb tank (for our campfire in a can). It will off-gas if the bay its in gets hit by the sun - been there done that. So ours is in one of our bays that has an opening in the bottom (like our wet bay has). This way the vapors have a place to go because we can't always guarantee our orientation on a campsite to be sure that bay isn't in direct sun.

We also store it inside a plastic milk crate so it doesn't tip over.

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How hot did it get in your bay? I have left a 20Lb tank on a black bedlined truck box with a canopy in 110F weather and no offgassing........

Many bumper pull TT's come with black covers over their propane tanks now and no offgassing either.
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I store the 1lb (green) bottles in the pegboard bay. I have an 11lb tank I store in the passenger side forward most compartment.
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This is my concern. I donít have a ventilated bay.
I store mine in a side locker. It has pretty good ventilation but could be better. One option I'm considering is to add a vent at floor level and cover it on the outside with a stainless steel vent cover, like 3"x3". Like what you'd find on a boat.
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