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Old 10-26-2014, 02:23 PM   #15
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All propane cylinders have to be carried vertically. If they vent. You want gas coming out not liquid which expands 200 times in volume. Lay it down inside a car ? A big no-no
I am a bit surprised to find this is true. See the following URL for more information: http://www.mutualpropane.ab.ca/Porta...eCylinders.pdf

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Old 10-26-2014, 03:42 PM   #16
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They don't sell horizontal propane tanks in Canada? I see this PDF Dan referenced is a Canadian document. What about big moho's that have horizontal propane tanks? Hummm.
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Old 10-26-2014, 03:54 PM   #17
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They don't sell horizontal propane tanks in Canada? I see this PDF Dan referenced is a Canadian document. What about big moho's that have horizontal propane tanks? Hummm.
While horizontal tanks exist (I have used a portable horizontal tank with a fork lift) they, like vertical tanks should be transported in their operating orientation for the reason Night Sailor stated. You do not want the vent to dump liquid propane, particularly in an enclosed vehicle.

The motorhome tanks are designed for permanent mounting, and I believe are regulated differently than portable tanks. Some permanent tanks (although not the motorhome versions) have both gas & liquid outlets.
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:48 PM   #18
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They don't sell horizontal propane tanks in Canada? I see this PDF Dan referenced is a Canadian document. What about big moho's that have horizontal propane tanks? Hummm.
Yes the do but all the vents and knobs etc are not on the very end but on the long side of tank so they vent from the top not the end.
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My slide-in camper for a pickup truck had 2 horizontal 20 tanks; think they all still do. Had to haul them in/out to refill.
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My slide-in camper for a pickup truck had 2 horizontal 20 tanks; think they all still do. Had to haul them in/out to refill.
Yes. I owned for several years a 12' Real Lite, side entry, cabover camper. It had 2 horizontal 20# tanks with an auto switchover valve/regulator. I had to take each tank out separately for refill. They had the valve/controls in the normal place (at the end) but each one had a 'saddle' bracket welded to the side for horizontal stability. Pretty sure that the internal pickup tube was for horizontal use even tho they were filled from a vertical position. Each used a regular POL fitting for filling/delivery connection. We made the Alaska Highway trip with that camper in '93 & I had at least 1 tank filled in Canada (Lethbridge, AB ??)with no problem (rules may have been different then??). Glad I never had to replace either of those tanks as I'm sure they'd have been more expensive than a standard vertical 20# 'bottle'. At most propane dealers they still use a 'quick spin hand wheel' POL type valve for refilling tanks, even the ones with QC-1 valves & the OPD device.
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They don't sell horizontal propane tanks in Canada? I see this PDF Dan referenced is a Canadian document. What about big moho's that have horizontal propane tanks? Hummm.

Liquid propane expands about 200 times to a gas. If a tank that is normally used in a vertical orientation is laid down inside a car and a temperature change causes it to vent liquid instead of gas, as a liquid it could expand and literally fill the interior with propane gas. A tiny spark would cause a nice explosion. If a gas is vented much less would come out.

100 lb tanks must be weighed to fill as they have one less safeguard , so it is even more important to transport them upright.

Transporting propane in an enclosed vehicle should be avoided for this reason. This is why propane cylinders are mounted outside or in vented compartments.

Tanks designed for horizontal use need to be transported in a horizontal orientation I presume.


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