My propane guru says to never transport an tank on its side unless it is designed for side mounting or use. This is the guy that gets called in to investigate claims related to propane incidents by the insurance companies in Ontario.
Perhaps a side mount tank is what Pete had on his 16' Jayco.
I don't know about you guys, but even with all the special training the "certified" propane fillers are supposed to have, I've had about 1 in 3 tanks overfilled and vent off on the way home from filling. Once one vented off behind me while strapped into the jump seat. Lucky my window was open to allow me to quickly get rid of my lit cigarette.
Good adrenaline rush though
James and Doug,
Maybe I should have explained myself a bit better. I was referring to putting the 20 Lb tank on the bumper while
towing the trailer. I don't see it as any more dangerous than the 2 x 11 Lb tanks already sitting on the tongue. I put it in the P/U bed upright on the way to and from filling.
The 20 Lb tank works best for holding the tree with a lantern on top, more stable with the size and weight
. Especially when in the milk crate.
I did consider a smaller tank but in addition to what I said to Kurt, the world seems to be moving to the 20 LB exchange. They are available almost everywhere. The 11 Lb low profile tanks I have, cost 3 X that of a 20 Lb. The filling stations are slowly disappearing. I imagine that after the propane storage facility & filling plant blew up in town last summer taking a few houses with it, the local politicians will crack down on the local filling stations as well.
I like your no skid idea. I've MacGuyver'd some aircraft cable with rings along the inside of both P/U bed walls using eye bolts in the front and rear stake pockets. Great for securing loads including a propane tank.
You can now get filled exchange tanks from dispensing machines 24/7 at wally world and other places. No lineups, no waiting for someone to fill your tank, put in your credit card and out comes a filled tank. They even take empties for exchange.
I've decided to switch to exchange when each of my 20 Lb tanks hit their expiry. I've got one for the Q at home, one for camping and one in reserve. The 11 Lb tanks are worth recertifying given their initial cost.