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Old 01-05-2016, 11:08 AM   #11
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Old 01-05-2016, 11:22 AM   #12
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I was thinking about a Manchester and those are one of the few I found online. What are the pros/cons of going with a ASME permanent tank vs a few 20lb tanks? It almost seems like the 20lb tanks would be a lot easier to deal with as far as refilling for a person who is full timing in their rig.
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Old 01-05-2016, 12:08 PM   #13
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I've bounced back and forth about fixed or removable propane tanks. I think since we plan on boondocking most of the time removable 20lb tanks makes more sense for us. I plan on building a storage bay under the bus with expanded metal as the floor. I figure taking a few 20lb cylinders in to town to fill them up is way easier than driving the bus into town every week or couple of weeks...
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Some states have limits to the number of portable tanks you're allowed to carry. A good rule of thumb would be to have at least three portables (IIRC, that's the Texas limit on portable tanks for an RV) and an ASME certified permanent tank.
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Old 01-05-2016, 12:58 PM   #15
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There are pros & cons for either. Permanently mounted, DOT approved tanks are the safest and welcomed almost anywhere. But...you do have to take your vehicle to a refill station.

Portable tanks are much lighter weight and absolutely must be secured somewhere outside the bus's shell. A leaking tank inside will be disastrous and if not anchored down quickly becomes a small nuclear missile in a collision. Many hang them on the back bumper. A bad idea for what I hope are obvious reasons and can also get you banned from many parks and campgrounds and are illegal in most states to carry through any tunnel. But, when properly secured & stored, they are easy to replace or swap out at lots of locations via a toad or some other means of transport besides the bus.


I plan on using a small Manchester plus one 20 pounder as backup. But...it will be anchored in a very secure location.
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Not that it sounds like to big of issue but permanently mounted DOT certified tanks don't need to be inspected, portables do.
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