Propane Tank Storage Options - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-21-2006, 10:04 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
Roger H's Avatar
 
Name: Roger
Trailer: Y2K6 Born Free 32RQ on the Kodiak chassis, 1995 Coachmen 19' B-van and 1996 Precision 21' Sailboat
Iowa
Posts: 5,000
Quote:
I for one don't like big booms of that type.
Spoilsport...

FWIW, there are many applications for horizontal LP tanks. I have two forty-pound Worthington aluminum horizontal tanks on my Airstream. As was mentioned above, forklifts use them, as to most motorhomes. The don't, of course, adhere to the OPD valve standard because OPD valves won't function horizontally. Tanks manufactured to be used horizontally are exempt from the OPD requirements. My tanks are under the tapered cover on the tongue.

I decided this winter to cover the tanks on the Scamp. I used a good quality black trash bag. It fit snugly over the two tanks and regulator and has been happily protecting them from the elements all winter. It doesn't even look trashy! (pun intended...)

Roger
Attached Thumbnails
Airstream_3021.JPG  
__________________

__________________
Roger H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2006, 10:44 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Steve L.'s Avatar
 
Name: Steve
Trailer: 2003 Casita 16' SD
Michigan
Posts: 1,690
Registry
Quote:
...The(y) don't, of course, adhere to the OPD valve standard because OPD valves won't function horizontally. Tanks manufactured to be used horizontally are exempt from the OPD requirements....

Hmmm. I'm going keep my opinion open on this. Manchester makes horizontal tanks with an OPD valve, so perhaps the industry has caught up some since the OPD standard was introduced.

http://www.mantank.com/products/steel_propane/20.htm

As to whether they're exempt or not, I will defer to Roger who has probably looked this all up. Probably a different set of rules for permanently installed tanks vs. portable tanks.
__________________

__________________
Quando omni flunkus, moritati
Steve L. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2006, 12:35 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Brian B-P's Avatar
 
Name: Brian
Trailer: Boler (B1700RGH) 1979
Alberta
Posts: 5,000
Interesting reference, Steve.

The linked page at Manchester Tank does clearly show a horizontal tank with OPD-equipped valve. It's also clearly apparent in the photo that the horizontal tank has distinct top side - although the cylinder shape is horizontal, the valve is still always on top.

Their Product Safety page has a Helpful Hints link, which has a nice clear section entitled...
CAUTION: USE LP-GAS CONTAINERS IN PROPER POSITION.

The same page also addresses the use of 80% fill ports and weighing for control of filling (FILLING YOUR LP-GAS CONTAINER), which addresses the issue we discussed in the topic Propane tank Level?. The dip tube (to 80% level) and port are what Manchester calls a "fixed level gauge"; note that these are not provided in all tanks, and in fact are not in any of the tanks I have seen for sale in the Edmonton area (OPD or not).

Manchester Tank seems to be a good source of clear propane handling information. Thanks, Steve.
__________________
1979 Boler B1700RGH, pulled by 2004 Toyota Sienna LE 2WD
Information is good. Lack of information is not so good, but misinformation is much worse. Check facts, and apply common sense liberally.
STATUS: No longer active in forum.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2006, 01:52 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Roger H's Avatar
 
Name: Roger
Trailer: Y2K6 Born Free 32RQ on the Kodiak chassis, 1995 Coachmen 19' B-van and 1996 Precision 21' Sailboat
Iowa
Posts: 5,000
Fascinating, Steve! That's a new development since last I looked!

I would say at this point that for the forseeable future, most of the horizontal tanks are permanent mounts, although the Worthingtons I have are portable and remain exempt. It'll be interesting to see how long they stay that way, I guess. That new Manchester tank obviously has an "up" side that my Worthington aluminum tanks don't have.

Roger
__________________
Roger H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2006, 10:43 PM   #19
Junior Member
 
Trailer: 13 ft Trillium
Posts: 6
Quote:
That new Manchester tank obviously has an "up" side that my Worthington aluminum tanks don't have.

Roger
Im not sure how your tanks dont have an "up" side to them unless they are made to be filled to less than 50%. If they have a standard vapor tube in them, you have to make sure the vapor tube is in the proper place or it will allow liquid to go to the regulator (Unless of course your regulator is made for this, I dont know anything about Airstreams). Forklift tanks have 4 fittings on them, vapor and gas mounted horizonally and vapor and gas mounted vertically. Usually the vertical connections are plugged as forklifts use the horizonal mounting but they are usually there.

Rich
__________________
Rich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2006, 08:38 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
Roger H's Avatar
 
Name: Roger
Trailer: Y2K6 Born Free 32RQ on the Kodiak chassis, 1995 Coachmen 19' B-van and 1996 Precision 21' Sailboat
Iowa
Posts: 5,000
I don't know either, Rich. Obviously the valve is different, but the tanks are identical to a 40# Worthington vertical tank. There is no "up" indicated when the tank is lying on it's side. The valve is located in the same place as well, in the center of the collar. I've never paid much attention to the regulator though, so it may in fact, be OK with liquid LP reaching it.

Roger
__________________

__________________
Roger H is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
PROPANE TANK JIM DUNNE Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 5 05-17-2009 08:19 PM
How to hold down the propane tank lizandjola Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 13 12-04-2008 12:57 PM
Propane tank scale Nancy General Chat 10 05-19-2008 12:34 PM
Propane Tank Sizes David & Terry General Chat 19 03-18-2007 12:39 AM
Propane bottle options Myron Leski Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 18 07-20-2006 07:57 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.