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Old 04-26-2006, 09:28 AM   #29
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I was at the local CENEX store (farm supply) yesterday to get some items non-related to FGRVs and saw one of the new fiberglass tanks.

It was a 20 pounder and had a price of around $75. It also came with sort of a holder, a heavy red plastic mesh stuff. Perhaps it was a backpack accessory for use with a weed burner.

I wasn't interested enough at the time to get all the details. But if they are available at CENEX, it won't be long before they will show up everywhere.
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Old 05-02-2006, 08:36 AM   #30
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The composite cylinder sounded so good that I just ordered one. I could not locate them locally, so I called the company (The Lite Cylinder Co., 1-866-412-5483). (I was told that they are not available yet in Knoxville, TN...don't know about other places.) They are only available in Beachnut (light tan), red, yellow, and blue. No white, which is the color I wanted. Also, they said that the outside casing cannot be painted, as paint would not adhere to it. I ordered the Beachnut, as it kind of goes with the Burro decals on the side of the trailer. The lady at the company said that this is the color most people order. The cost was $77 (or was it $75??) with $8 shipping from Franklin, TN to Knoxville, TN.

I asked about using it on a travel trailer and was told that it is DOT approved for that. He said that steel containers have a base ring about one inch high and that this one has a ring about 3/4 inch high. He said that if the mounting ring on the trailer is one inch high, then it would rest on the cylinder case, which would be no problem. On my Burro, it will sit directly on the front A-Frame with three raised metal pieces that keep it from sliding. It is held down with top brackets in the same manner as the steel tank.

Why did I order one of these when I had a new steel tank? Two reasons. I have only one tank on the Burro and I KNOW that it would run out of propane one snowy winter night when I'm camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (no hookups there). And I'm never sure that any of my means of checking the level of propane is working (tapping on the cylinder, pouring hot water, stud finder, etc. They all seem to give different readings for me. With this tank I can see exactly how much propane I have before leaving home. The second reason is that I am an incurable gadget guy and this is just too neat a gadget to pass up.

When it arrives and gets mounted on the trailer, I'll let you know how it fits, etc.

Bob
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:06 AM   #31
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Bob, I'm a gadget guy too and it will not only save weight, let you know exactly how much fluid is left and it will look really cool also. I Gotta have one too.

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I made a lockdown cable for my steel tanks using plastic coated steel cable and looped ends that go through the handles and are padlocked to the egg. Home Depot and Lowel's both sell the cable and crimp stuff to make these. I suggest that you lock the cool tank to the egg.

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Old 05-02-2006, 10:42 AM   #32
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I'm a gadget gal...can't wait to see pics of your new tank and tongue, Bob! Just might have to convince my non-gadget husband that this is something we must have.
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Old 05-02-2006, 06:08 PM   #33
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Darwin, Good idea on the lock. I had wondered how secure it would be if left in a remote campground while I was away from the camper for the day. The cylinder is supposed to arrive on Monday (4-8-06). If the weather works with me, I should have it on that afternoon and the pics on the site shortly thereafter.

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Old 05-05-2006, 05:10 PM   #34
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Now, those are totally cool!
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Old 05-06-2006, 08:13 AM   #35
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Darwin, Good idea on the lock. I had wondered how secure it would be if left in a remote campground while I was away from the camper for the day. The cylinder is supposed to arrive on Monday (4-8-06). If the weather works with me, I should have it on that afternoon and the pics on the site shortly thereafter.

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Bob, I'm thinking...outa sight, outa mind. How about covering it with a 'el cheapo vinyl tank cover? Wouldn't have to be on all the time....
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Old 05-06-2006, 10:59 PM   #36
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Donna, good idea. It would still be easy to peek under it to see the level of propane. I have seen some that are ready-made for single tanks, but I believe I'll have to make one myself. I have double propane lines coming off of the regulator, one to the left (facing the trailer from the front) that goes to my catalitic heater (mounted on the side of the closet, just inside the entry door) and the other going to the right for the stove. Or, I may look into getting one of those aluminum boxes that sit on the front A-frame with room for your propane tank and a few other supplies???? Anyway, outta sight, outta mind is a good idea!

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Old 05-10-2006, 09:11 PM   #37
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Slight delay in posting the results on the tank. It was supposed to be delivered this past Monday, but was still not here today (Wednesday). I called and they said that it will be shipped out next Wednesday (5-17-06). She said that demand had been so great that they are working overtime to meet the orders. So, there must be some pretty good interest in them.

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Old 05-20-2006, 10:49 PM   #38
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The tank arrived and I have it installed. Since ordering it I decided to add a storage box to the front tongue of my trailer. The tank is on one end of the box. There is a wood divider and the other end carries my tool box, chocks, electric power cord, leveling blocks, etc. If you plan on installing one of these tanks, please note that they are a little larger than the standard metal tanks. This one is 18 inches high (about 1/2 inche higher than the metal ones) and 13 inches diameter. The fiberglas composite material of the tank itself is, I believe, the same size as the metal tanks, but it has a plastic case which encloses it which gives it a little extra width. The tank is great for seeing exactly how much propane you have, and even (although it's not necessary) has calibrations showing 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 levels. I should also mention that the tank does not have the approximately 1 inch ring around the bottom as does the metal tank. It has a slightly raised ring (maybe 1/4 inch). This could affect the way the tank mounts on your trailer tongue.

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Looks good Bob and thanks for the tip about the bottom ring. I'll have to come up with a different mouting system for my tanks if I go this route.

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Bob - please tell us about the box you installed on the tongue..where you got it, dimensions, how it is attached.
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Old 05-21-2006, 09:22 PM   #41
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Jackie, I stole the idea for the box from Ed Harris, and there are several posts (both his and mine) with pictures in the "Problem Solving -- Owners Helping Owners" forum, under the title, "Exterior Storage Box Ideas." We both got them at Lowe's and used uni-struts (found in the electrical department) to mount them. I put the struts in the bottom of the box and came up through the bottom with U-bolts under the frame. If you put your propane tank in the box, be sure to put a vent in the bottom in case there is any propane leak it will not accumulate. Here's one pic of the box, but there are a lot more on the site I mentioned above.

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