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Old 11-05-2010, 10:40 PM   #1
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Propane tank / Battery mount Trillium 4500 1978

Can someone post pics of how there propane tank is secured. I got mine and it has one tank that was held on by a bungy cord. Also how their battery is mounted. Mine is on the back bumper. Should it be on the tongue for more forward weight? Thanks Randy
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:03 PM   #2
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Also, I have seen some with 2 propane tanks. How do I know if mine originally had 1 or 2
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:24 PM   #3
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This is the best picture I have of the subject:

The battery is in a plastic battery case on a battery tray.

The propane tank is in a propane tank holder, a ring around the base ring on the tank with uprights with a band around the middle of the tank.

I suspect both are available from independant sources. They are both welded to the frame and cross members.
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Thanks. Do you know if the 4500 and 1300 both have the battery mounted on the tongue? Mine is on the back bumper but I think the rprevious owner may have moved it there.Thanks Randy
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:04 AM   #5
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Also, I have seen some with 2 propane tanks. How do I know if mine originally had 1 or 2
Can't help with your question, but the solution is based on your style of camping. Do you need one or two?
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I think at most I would be in the camper for 2 days at a time. Assuming the heat was running non-stop for the entire time and cooking in the morning only,how long does a tank last? I have no idea how long my barbeque grill last either. I always have a spare filled. and when one runs out I switch it with the spare and run down and fill the one I took off. I will look for some sort of guage but I would still like to carry a backup.
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I think at most I would be in the camper for 2 days at a time. Assuming the heat was running non-stop for the entire time and cooking in the morning only,how long does a tank last? I have no idea how long my barbeque grill last either. I always have a spare filled. and when one runs out I switch it with the spare and run down and fill the one I took off. I will look for some sort of guage but I would still like to carry a backup.
There are ways of telling how much propane you left in the tank using hot water. Donna and I use an LCD magnetic strip that changes color with hot water and the empty part returns to the normal color faster than where there's liquid.

I wouldn't bother with a spare tank. I only have one and after 20 days last February it was around 1/4 of a tank. Refrigerator, heater, and cooking used the whole time.

If you're really concerned you might get a steak saver and carry one or two of the disposable bottles. http://www.campingworld.com/search/i...d&Nty=1&Ntpc=1
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Thanks. Do you know if the 4500 and 1300 both have the battery mounted on the tongue? Mine is on the back bumper but I think the rprevious owner may have moved it there.Thanks Randy
I had a 4500 several years ago and the battery was on the rear bumper street side. I moved it to the tongue.
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Thanks. I think it would look better on the tongue as well. And I like the idea of the magnetic strip. Thanks Randy
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Sorry I can't provide a picture since the trailer is in storage.

We have 2 propane bottles on the "propane shelf" nearest the trailer. Like the one shown in post #3 above. One is hooked up to the trailer and the other comes off for the kitchen tent and lantern when camping.

Just in front of that, the battery box drops down into the remaining space of the A frame. Angle iron has been welded to support the battery box. Nearest the propane there is a U shaped piece that fits the sides and bottom of the battery box, at the front there is a piece cross ways that the handle of the battery box sits on. If you notch the support for the handle just right, the box flexes just enough to lock it in place before you put the battery in.

We had to extend the crank a couple of inches to keep from hitting your knuckles on the top of the battery box. One short piece of pipe and a couple of bolts was all it took.
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I found a picture from those posted on the Niagara 2010 meet. You can see the front of my Trillium 4500 to the right of the green pickup. The curbside tank is off being used, but you can see the second tank for the trailer and the battery box.
http://www.lakeshoreimages.com/images68/SUE_5169.jpg

Maybe if Jon has the original, he can crop in on that area and post it? Or Jon does say he will email the photo's to anyone if they ask.
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I found a picture from those posted on the Niagara 2010 meet. You can see the front of my Trillium 4500 to the right of the green pickup. The curbside tank is off being used, but you can see the second tank for the trailer and the battery box.
http://www.lakeshoreimages.com/images68/SUE_5169.jpg

Maybe if Jon has the original, he can crop in on that area and post it? Or Jon does say he will email the photo's to anyone if they ask.

Here is a couple of crops of the tongue:


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Excellent. That is exactly what I was looking for.Thanks
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The way I check my propane level is to heat a styrofoam cup full of water in the microwave for a minute or two, then pour it on the top of the tank and let it run down the side of the propane tank. You can then feel the side of the tank. Where the tank is hot or warm, there is no propane, where the tank is cold, thats were the propane level is. May not get you the exact level, but it will get you real close.

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