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Old 01-29-2015, 07:12 PM   #1
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Well, this is only our second winter storing our 2007 Casita SD at a large RV outdoor storage lot with others. Today, I stopped by to find my LP gas tanks stolen.

How do other people secure their LP gas tanks?
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Old 01-29-2015, 07:28 PM   #2
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you can drill a hole in the threaded bolt above the retaining nut for a pad lock. It probably will not stop someone that really wants it but may make them think twice about it, Locks keep honest people honest. The other option is a good cable bike lock but again will not stop anyone that really wants it.
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Old 01-29-2015, 07:39 PM   #3
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Might also try removing them to your garage.
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Old 01-29-2015, 07:42 PM   #4
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Might also try removing them to your garage.
Propane tanks are not to be stored in an enclosed area.
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Old 01-29-2015, 07:44 PM   #5
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I lock them to the frame with a cable and padlock. Hopefully they will just look at it and then walk to the next camper and take theirs.
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Old 01-29-2015, 08:09 PM   #6
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I built "Bottom Mount" frames for two of my trailers to at least discourage theft. LP tanks have holes and slots in the bottom ring and I bolted through a piece of angle on two sides to hold them down. Gotta say, they are not easy to remove so they have to be filled in place, but no one will take the time to unbolt and steal them.






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Old 01-30-2015, 07:46 AM   #7
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To bad you can't hook the camper to 220 volts. Love to see someone grab that tank then.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:46 AM   #8
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A cow fence charger running on 12 volts? They are pretty efficient (pulsed) and deliver a wallop.
But, watch out for any gas leaks which could enhance the thief's experience!

A better idea: instead of a wing nut holding the crossbar down use a lock nut (with the nylon insert) so a tool is required to remove. Stealing an LP tank worth a few bucks is pure opportunism which should be easy to discourage.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:52 AM   #9
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Does not sound as if this trailer is stored in a very secure lot. You may want to check around for a secure storage facility that has procedures in place to protect you from these things.

Personally, I am happy that there is room beside my house to store my trailer. Much easier to keep an eye on when it is at home and it is so much more accessible for when I want to do upgrades or go camping.
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:16 AM   #10
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Except for very expensive "Indoor" storage there is almost nothing secure about RV storage lots.


Just last Monday, while helping a friend move some stuff to their storage unit, I followed a strangers vehicle through the code locked gate and, basically, had full run of about 50 RV's stored thereabouts.


I once had my Mustang convertible stolen out of a locked garage in a "Secure" storage facility. In that example they managed to cut off a "secure" lock, steal the car and relock the door with an identical appearing lock. When the police arrived they had the manager drill out the lock to verify that the car was missing. It took all of 3 minutes, with a battery operated drill, to open the door. They did get a pic of the Mustang leaving through a code locked gate, right behind another customer.
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I know that a full LP tank is heavy...but, why not place it inside your trailer?

Just don't be holding a lighted cigarette when opening the door!
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I keep all six of my Trilliiums on my property. I have a big yard, 130 x 64, and a small house.
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Inside your trailer makes for a possible very large bomb. Static electricity, turning on a lite or appliance and that would be the end of the story.

Propane leak over a long time loosed its bad smell. Just someone walking buy and flipping a lit object on the ground or opening the door while smoking or walking inside and building up a static charge.

It happen in Louisa County while they were camping when the wife got up in the morning and lit the stove. No smell, just a big bang that burned her, her spouse and son really bad.
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The bottom ring on a propane bottle has holes in it every quarter. On my double bottle mount I drilled a corresponding hole in the bottom plate mount and use a long shank master padlock going through the bottles base ring into the lower plate mount. Without a bolt cutter or shimming the lock its there to stay. People just don't realize how much money is sitting there with 2 full bottles and how tempting they are in plain view.
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