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.