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Old 01-20-2013, 07:52 AM   #1
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Missing Propane? Stolen? Other?

This is the second time this has happened to me in 3 years. Both the bottles are empty. I only use propane to cook - no heating, no boiling water, not for the refrigerator. I don't know the size that comes with my Casita - 2 tanks.

I've never opened tank 2 to use. I firmly close the tank valve when not in use.

I park my RV in a Public Stortage. There is only another travel trailer and 1 class C.

How easy is it to drain the one tank to another? If it is being stolen, is there anything I can do to prevent it?

When I use the tanks I only open up one at a time.

Can there be another reason for them being empty.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:05 AM   #2
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It's difficult to transfer all of the LP gas from one tank to another as the transfer would stop when the pressure in each of the tanks is equal.

As LP tanks are somewhat generic, you might be getting your tanks "switched" or even borrowed for someones BBQ use. Adding a cable and lock might help prevent this from happening.

It could also be someone opening your vent valve as a prank.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:09 AM   #3
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Or, you could have a propane line, fitting or regulator that's a slow leaker.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:50 AM   #4
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Do you have an automatic change over valve. That seems to me the only way two tanks could empty due to a leak. I would let the owner know. If the other folks experience the same then you know you have a thief. For what it's worth, I went to Amazon and searched propane lock and several showed. They all appear to be made of plastic. Might stop a child. Perhaps it's time for a new storage location. We have had several reports of tanks stolen while the trailer was parked in the owners driveway. I hate thieves. Raz
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:47 AM   #5
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But, as indicated, if you turned the tank valves OFF, that pretty much rules out any line/fitting/appliance leaks and tank valve leaks are very rare. You might ask how often the on-site manager BBQ's!
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:48 AM   #6
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Maybe they are using a siphoning hose and taking it away in a bucket.
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Thomas, That's priceless.
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Could be done at -40.
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Securing LP Tank: I have a cable crimper and purchased plastic covered wire rope (Cable) and connectors at Lowe's and made a cable that loops through the handles of the tanks and the frame and padlock it. Would have to cut the cable to steal and the cable is extremely tough to cut, would need a small bolt cuter to do so.

The red plastic lock is a good idea as it would prevent the turning on or off of the valve.

We always turn the tanks OFF when not camping because I don't trust the regulator and/or the 2 tank valve from seeping off the gas.
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Could be done at -40.
Would that be Centigrade or Fahrenheit? (old engineer's joke)
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Yes, Centigrade andFahrenheit
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Set up a trail cam nearby. If anyone is messing with your unit you will get some nice photos of them.
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If I had to store my trailer in a lot, I'd take the propane tanks off and keep them at home.

Ditto for the battery.

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Old 01-21-2013, 10:00 PM   #14
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Next time you have your tanks filled get some soapy water and check the valves, handle stems and safety popoff valve for slow leaks.
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