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Old 04-21-2013, 07:16 PM   #1
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can i take both propane tanks off my casita?

do i have to do anything else ? will everything that uses propane be ok? or do i have to do something to the lines ... or anything else.

if this is the wrong place to put this post please let me know where i should put it. thx.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:19 PM   #2
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Are you taking the tanks off permanently?
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:43 PM   #3
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Unscrew the regulator; cap the threaded fitting on the flex line. It's either 3/8" or 1/2" npt. Can't remember which, think 3/8"? This will prevent insect entry, moisture in the lines to appliances.

As to whether everything will be OK, of course not. Very likely spiders will spin in the carburation tube of the water heater and mud daubers will fill up the intake and exhaust ports of the furnace with a little nursery. Gas range has no opening to the outside and will probably work fine 10 yrs. later. If you ever sell, tell prospective buyers that all items worked the last time you used them. I don't know if you will see the humor in the above statement but deactivated isn't quite the same as mothballed (or maintained and used).

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Why don't you just run the propane aplliances until the tanks are empty ( might take a few trips ), and leave them in place?
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:52 PM   #5
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Baglo has the best answer. Don't have to restrain the flex line to the tongue and you can reactivate your propane appliances at a future date.

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i'm glad i asked then. are all the propane tanks the same size? maybe i can find someone who will use them up for me. this propane has been in the tanks since the factory. it's a 2007 and the first owner didn't use any either. does it go bad? is there a safe way to just let it empty out?

i didn't get your humor cuz i don't know what i am talking about. i had no idea bugs could get in.

since i know so little about the propane i think it will be much safer for me to just do electric. except for my little propane camp stove and lantern. i understand them.
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but wait a minute...part of why i am getting rid of propane is to lower TW-so how much does propane weigh and how much does tank weigh?
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since i know so little about the propane i think it will be much safer for me to just do electric. except for my little propane camp stove and lantern. i understand them.
If you can light a propane camp lantern, then you can learn to operate the propane appliances in your trailer.
Lighting my propane lantern is the scariest thing I've done when camping.
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but wait a minute...part of why i am getting rid of propane is to lower TW-so how much does propane weigh and how much does tank weigh?
The propane in a full 20 lb. tank weighs 20 lb and the tank about the same.
There are better ways to lower the tongue weight, like packing heavy items aft of the axle. Get a Sherline tongue scale and you can measure the weight at the tongue and make adjustments.
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Don't be offput by the naysayers. It's your trailer, so if you want the tanks off, take 'em off. The world won't end.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:32 PM   #11
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Don't be offput by the naysayers. It's your trailer, so if you want the tanks off, take 'em off. The world won't end.
That's really helpful.
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Don't be offput by the naysayers. It's your trailer, so if you want the tanks off, take 'em off. The world won't end.
I agree with Mike. Or, you could just take off one tank.
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I would take one of the tanks off to start with - a full 20lb propane tank usually weighs about 38 lbs and a little under 20lbs empty (mines 18 lbs. empty). Many of us only have one tank and I know mine will last me a long time even though I do use propane a lot.
As others have said there are people who dont use propane at all but for me personally I wouldnt be happy without the flexibility it gives me as to where I can camp and for how long.
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Pay no attention to the half measurers or the ayesayers either. Good grief what a crew! Kayak, do what you want for the reason you stated or the second reason you stated or both. Your thinking about the risks of propane may change in future as you observe what other owners do and what they're comfortable with. Do you know someone who could give you some tips on operation of propane appliances? That would be another option you may want to consider.

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