Originally Posted by charles_m
Lorna, what kind of mounting system are you using for your 20# tanks? I'm having a heck of a time finding something for use under a bus!
I'm going to have to make my own. I cannot find anything ready made that will fit under the bus. I have found that I can tuck the collars of the 20# tanks between the ribs if the metal floor so I can squeeze them up a bit (but can I get them out again without dropping the rack). They will be located at the far end side of the bus on the door side. That doesn't really make sense? Behind the rear wheels, I have 10 ft. On the entrance door side of the bus in that 10 ft space is where I will put the tanks. My idea is was to take my Hitchhaul that I drag around, off the Jeep and pull the framed basket off the receiver bar for the tanks to sit on. Das Mel objected to that use and we swapped Hitchhauls since mine is much heavier than hers. So now I will tear her Hitchhaul apart. I may have to cut the little metal frame to widen/lengthen it (or toss it completely and keep the expanded metal as a floor) so I can stack all the tanks on it. I have discovered "SuperStrut" metal framing channels in the electrical section at work. I think the thinner SuperStruts
& 3/8" threaded rods
will work for the LP tanks (10 ft space, 10 ft struts) plus another thing that I have been told I don't have. I will use a tank hold down (buy
or make my own) to hold them in place. The plan is (and has been) to put 5 of the tanks (one is a backup while I pull the others to be filled) on a manifold
that is connected to my two stage regulator
which will be connected to an iron pipe that will run the length of the bus up to the front where it will tie into the fireplace and the range . The LP generator, wall mounted Tag-a-long heater and the gas grill all need unregulated LP so they get their own tanks. So in the same 10 ft space on the hookup side (drivers side) from the wheels back, I will have the LP RV water heater for the hydronic heater that I haven't put together yet (and won't until I get stopped after the trip east), the two 20# tanks on an auto change over
(need to buy one more tank
as I only have 6 tanks) and the LP generator
(not bought yet). I have to relocate a few things in doing this. I have a huge hole that the engine exhaust used to go thru in the bumper. The generator exhaust can go thru that. The tanks on the generator side (and the generator) will also be held up with the super struts. LP tanks will be tied down to the SuperStruts as well. For the time being, I will probably only use framed expanded metal for the doors for the whole mess. No time to make better doors. I still have to build two holding tanks (again, held up with SuperStruts but probably the thicker ones
) and add a starter battery box under the drivers seat side. I have a little access panel there but nothing to sit the battery box on but air. I'll hang it under there some how.
That's my idea. Hope it gives you some ideas you can work with. I've bounced it around for a while now and that is what I have come up with. I've been running each appliance (Fireplace, range, dryer, tag-a-long, gas grill) on it's own tank to see how long it takes to empty a tank. The fireplace is the hog. If I don't run it all the time, I can get 1 month out of a tank. If its freezing, single digit cold for days on end, it eats a tank in 5-6 days. So once I get to the Gulf coast, the fireplace won't be used as much as it is now, in snowy, icy, single digit below freezing NM.