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Old 03-15-2009, 01:52 PM   #1
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Exchange large propane tank for a smaller one

In our Apex the stove is the only propane appliance we have and it does not require a large 40 gallon tank. The tank was removed and that space was enclosed for additional storage. A 7 gallon propane tank was added between the door and the HWH jack on the driver side. This tank is approved for motorhomes (DOT etc.). The tank can be removed to fill by undoing one wing nut in front of the tank. This new space gives us a pass through for long items which we do not have with smart beds. The work was done by Bobby Vodden at Kustom Coach Works in Junction City, OR. See attached photos.

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Old 03-15-2009, 07:36 PM   #2
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Nice lookin mod. I think the same will happen w/a lotta SE's that don't have propane furnace. Some questions:
1) What did that work set you back?
2) the space is almost directly behind the front tires. How is it sealed against tire spray? (the compartment behind has a full height steel bulkhead from bottom of floor above to below the floor of the SB compartment, whereas this new compartment had to be pieced into place, so I'm guessing more seams to seal w/caulk, foam, or??)
3) what are the floor & wall made of?
4) any idea what kind of weight capacity?
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:51 PM   #3
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Tom I would also like to know the answers to E-Mike's questions. I also would like to know when you had the work done. We had work done by Bobby V. and Scott Adams and they are execelent and very reasonable but it was at Amazing Creations in Monroe, OR. at Scott's place. These guy's are good!!!!!
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Old 03-17-2009, 01:06 AM   #4
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To EngineerMike & Alpine Road Warrior
1) Bobby underbid my job, how that he knows how much labor & materials are required for the conversion it will cost appox. $1700.
2) The space behind the front tires on my Apex is P/S HWH Pump compartment & D/S New propane tank storage. Yes the storage compartment was pieced together, it has to be a custom configuration.
3) The storage bay is assembled from 3/4" plywood and steel angle iron. The plywood is double coated with urethane tar tap & darco.
4) I don't know the weight capacity of the storage bay, but with the steel angle iron frame bolted to the coach it should hold just about anything I can fit in it.
Bobby Vodden & Scott Adams moved from Scott's house in Monroe last fall. Their new shop will hold two coaches inside. The address is 93150-B Prairie Road, Junction City, OR 97448. Bobby 541-501-3371, Scott 541-556-0501.
I hope this answers some of the questions.
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