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Old 07-12-2021, 04:54 PM   #1
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Propane Tank Mounting

Hey yíall Iím looking at getting a freightliner skoolie where do i mount the propane tank? Pictures of your designs would be wonderful!

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Old 07-12-2021, 05:53 PM   #2
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I mounted mine under the right rear corner of the bus. 29.3 gallon, access door in the side. I had to shorten the exhaust pipe that went straight out the back to go out the side behind the rear wheel.



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Old 07-12-2021, 07:02 PM   #3
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I mounted mine under the right rear corner of the bus. 29.3 gallon, access door in the side. I had to shorten the exhaust pipe that went straight out the back to go out the side behind the rear wheel.
Nice job. I can't find a horizontal 30 gal tank anywhere and I've been looking. There seems to be a global shortage
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Old 07-12-2021, 07:35 PM   #4
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Propane tanks are not supposed to be located in front of the front wheels or behind the rear wheels.

Yes, I know that food trucks do it all the time. Yes, I know that 'hundreds of us have them mounted on the rear bumper'. Yes, there are no RV police out there enforcing the rules.

It's in the fire code.

Here's one forum link to the relevant documents.

https://www.skoolie.net/forums/f13/w...anks-6338.html
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The whole underside of the bus is either in front of or behind the rear wheels
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Old 07-12-2021, 08:23 PM   #6
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The whole underside of the bus is either in front of or behind the rear wheels
fixed the text.
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Old 07-12-2021, 08:58 PM   #7
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fixed the text.
I was just kidding anyway. What you're saying makes perfect sense though, that could be pretty exciting in an accident
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Containers shall not be mounted on the exterior of the rear wall or the rear bumper of the vehicle.
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Tanks mounted behind the rear axle of a motor home or chassis-mount camper shall be installed in such a manner that the bottom of the tank and any connection thereto shall not be lower than either the rear axle (excluding the differential) or any section of the frame immediately to the rear of the tank, whichever is higher.
NFPA 1192 appears to say that behind the rear axle is OK.
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Old 07-12-2021, 11:09 PM   #9
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Mine is mounted between the front and rear wheels, below the floor, but attached to it. It is a tank specifically designed to be mounted horizontally.
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Hereís what I did .
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Thats a pretty practical approach. I'm leaning towards a pair of tanks myself, easier to just swap them out than maneuver the bus around a fill out station.
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Thats a pretty practical approach. I'm leaning towards a pair of tanks myself, easier to just swap them out than maneuver the bus around a fill out station.
If your demand isnít too high it makes sense. You can swap at almost any gas station, hardware store, grocery store, convenience store. You can probably get it 24 hours a day.
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The portable tanks have expiration dates, but the permanent mounted tanks don't.
The swap tanks may not have current dates (they get away with it because they test them every refill), so if you swap a tank and then try to get it refilled with expired date they won't refill it. So be annoying and check the dates at the swap place, I had to look at bunch of them to find a valid one. The secret is you can swap expired one for current one..

You cant use the portable ones sideways, and can be too tall to fit in some vehicles.
And of course they are limited to 5 gal for swaps. One thought is have a permanent tank and a portable one, and can fill up the fixed tank with the portable if needed, and store it flat, they can be too tall to fit into a lot of vehicles.
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You cant use the portable ones sideways, and can be too tall to fit in some vehicles.
How tall are the portable ones?
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The portable tanks have expiration dates, but the permanent mounted tanks don't.
The swap tanks may not have current dates (they get away with it because they test them every refill), so if you swap a tank and then try to get it refilled with expired date they won't refill it. So be annoying and check the dates at the swap place, I had to look at bunch of them to find a valid one. The secret is you can swap expired one for current one..

You cant use the portable ones sideways, and can be too tall to fit in some vehicles.
And of course they are limited to 5 gal for swaps. One thought is have a permanent tank and a portable one, and can fill up the fixed tank with the portable if needed, and store it flat, they can be too tall to fit into a lot of vehicles.
They should never be in vehicles!
Recently saw a company that was doing van conversions promoting their galley module and they had a bbq tank mounted in the kitchen cabinet directly under a stove. This is really stupid and will make you dead. image.jpeg
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NFPA 1192 appears to say that behind the rear axle is OK.
Just not on the exterior wall or on the bumper, and must be higher than axle or other substantial part of the vehicle
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They should never be in vehicles!
Recently saw a company that was doing van conversions promoting their galley module and they had a bbq tank mounted in the kitchen cabinet directly under a stove. This is really stupid and will make you dead. Attachment 59415
I thought there was some rule somewhere about those 5lb tanks being OK. I could be wrong

Edit: I’d never do it. If anyone has ever witnessed tank pressure relief they would probably agree
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How tall are the portable ones?
The Internet says 18 inches. I thought I measured 19
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The portable tanks have expiration dates, but the permanent mounted tanks don't.
The swap tanks may not have current dates (they get away with it because they test them every refill), so if you swap a tank and then try to get it refilled with expired date they won't refill it. So be annoying and check the dates at the swap place, I had to look at bunch of them to find a valid one. The secret is you can swap expired one for current one..

You cant use the portable ones sideways, and can be too tall to fit in some vehicles.
And of course they are limited to 5 gal for swaps. One thought is have a permanent tank and a portable one, and can fill up the fixed tank with the portable if needed, and store it flat, they can be too tall to fit into a lot of vehicles.

The good part about the swaps is Iíve never had a tank refused. Iíve brought in rusty ones, ones with pre-OPD valves, painted with house paint...
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Just not on the exterior wall or on the bumper, and must be higher than axle or other substantial part of the vehicle
Great clarification! There is a lot of verbiage in that section, and we would benefit from an article about propane tank placement.
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