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Old 02-21-2019, 05:46 PM   #21
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We use the same tank as o1marc. We use the propane for our water heater (16 gallon xt ), the LG gas stove, and our fridge (norcold 1800 polarmax). We fill this up around twice a year and have no issues with this tank. The gas guys look at us funny when we ask them to fill our tank in a school bus but after opening the door and see the DOT tank they have no issues. Drill four holes in the seam flaps under the bus and done deal. I have hit some pot holes big enough to catch bass out of and this thing dont move.

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The ease of mounting these things is the real selling point for me. When I really got to looking at fabbing up something that I felt good about for mounting standard 20 pound bottles it made the idea of paying the money for one of these that mounts easily underneath the floor quite attractive.

Some of my pics from installation.

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Old 02-21-2019, 05:56 PM   #22
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Those looking for cheap, just use multiple 20-lb BBQ size, can build a rack to keep them quiet.

This is what I did (pic taken before skinning the sides and installing door to access storage and tanks):





I can store 4 BBQ tanks in a pretty small space this way.
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Old 02-21-2019, 05:58 PM   #23
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The ease of mounting these things is the real selling point for me. When I really got to looking at fabbing up something that I felt good about for mounting standard 20 pound bottles it made the idea of paying the money for one of these that mounts easily underneath the floor quite attractive.

Some of my pics from installation.

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Thanks for the pics
I think I measured the rib spacing underneath mine at 48" and can grab the flange on each end, so 4 bolt holes is all that's needed to mount this.
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Old 02-21-2019, 06:04 PM   #24
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Both ways work great.

Nice thing about the stock 20# ones is can refill independently of the bus, leave it in camp if you have another ride available.

And some very remote areas only have the swap style service available, a ripoff $ per gal but can often be better than having to drive 200+ miles to a real town.

Plus, so cheap, often free, get an old worn out one and swap for new, the one time those services are actually good value.

But yes a really well optimized carry rack is a whole 'nother project, if you can afford a big tank that is much easier.
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Old 02-21-2019, 06:13 PM   #25
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Tractor Supply Company sells propane by the gallon at competitive prices and will sell it to you 7 days a week as long as they are open. Huge help when you need some on weekends and the regular places are 9-5, M-F, or needs some after 5pm weekdays.
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Old 02-21-2019, 07:51 PM   #26
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cheap too, $1.70 / gal I think, last "fillup" of a 2# was like $8
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cheap too, $1.70 / gal I think, last "fillup" of a 2# was like $8
Tractor Supply here is more expensive than the propane local companies. TSC here right now is $2.79ga. Local supply is only $1.99ga. For me TSC is there for me only if I need them after hours or weekends.
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Old 02-22-2019, 05:54 AM   #28
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We noticed the flying J truck stop had a fill station for Rv's here in Indianapolis.
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This is what I did (pic taken before skinning the sides and installing door to access storage and tanks):





I can store 4 BBQ tanks in a pretty small space this way.
I find these by the road on trash day. Doesn't matter what the date is, I just take them to the convenience store and exchange em. For around $17 I get a new, filled propane tank. I've got 7 right now and I find one every few months.
Once I get to 20 or so I may back off.
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This is what I am using, 29.3g, not quite 30. 48" x 15". Mine will mount in the left rear corner underneath where the exhaust pipe was, plenty of room there, though my bus is big..
just bought that exact tank for my propane furnace, hot water heater, range, and refrigerator... how do you like it? It's not cheap.. lol
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