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Old 02-18-2007, 07:06 AM   #1
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I am rebuilding a 1972 Trail Mite and want to remove the big propane tank on the front. The only thing the propane tank runs is two burners. I want the option of being able to heat some coffee on it but we will never use it for much more. We have been camping in our 79 Fiber Stream for 3+ years now and have never used the burners so I think I am safe in saying we won't use these. This is what I would like to do. I want to put a box on the front hitch area of the trailer and have the propane tube run into the box. When, if ever, I want to use the burners I would like to be able to just screw one of those small throw away propane tanks you can buy anywhere into it in the front box. The same principle as a small portable barbeque. Any ideas as to how I can do this, Thanks Ken
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:19 AM   #2
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You might consider one of the smaller propane tanks. They make them in 5 lb and 10 lb sizes. their smaller and won't take up too much space and are a good source of emergency juice, to tide you over, when the home BBQ quits just as company arrives.
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:22 AM   #3
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Hi: The problem with the "thro away" tanks is they are "HAZ...MAT" and the Parks have to pay dearly to dispose of them...almost more than they cost to buy!!! You can buy a smaller size refillable tank than a 20lb er...Think of the poor fellow running the crusher when he encounters a 1/2 filled tank too late Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:50 AM   #4
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I too have waffled about yanking all the propane out of my trailer Ken. Only because, like you, I don't use it. I'm always hooked up when camping. I've never used the propane furnace, refer on propane and the stove maybe 3 times. Then I started paying attention to circumstances members have had during horrible winter weather this past year...in particular. More than one, moved into their trailer when they lost power for days on end in their stick built homes....and were able to "live" comfortably. Since the world's weather seems to be getting weirder every year, I'm going to do what James suggested....go to a much smaller tank. That way, if I AM out camping and the campground loses power...I can still have my coffee...and if my home loses power in the winter, I can stay warm in the trailer. I can then always hook up one of the five 20 lb tanks I have hanging around for my barbecue

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Old 02-18-2007, 09:29 AM   #5
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Check the ordnances B4 you do it.

If U put the tank in a box - U may create a possible explosive hazard if the bottom of the box is sealed tight.

Propane is heaver than air and will flow down to the bottom of the box and if the bottom is open under the tank, the gas will flow out.
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Old 02-18-2007, 10:40 AM   #6
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I may consider going to a smaller tanks too.. I only have the stove to use.. with no furance the ones I got are really to big. I can turn mine in at the RV place and the propane company will depose of them. I also use full hookup, so really doubt if I need these big tanks....
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Ken, how is that little guy coming along?

I am sure you have made it much more happy in your care than it was at the musicians house! Poor little thing, looked all ignored and neglected..
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You might consider one of the smaller propane tanks.
I would recommend this option too... But I realize that the cost of these tanks is quite high. The Lite House trailers came with smaller bottles...
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I would recommend this option too... But I realize that the cost of these tanks is quite high. The Lite House trailers came with smaller bottles...
Propotionately they are high. 1/4 of the volume of a 20#, but twice the cost. I can get a 5# here in Portland for around $35. But, how often are you going to BUY one? As far as I'm concerned, that's a one time deal. Now the disposables
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I use a smaller propane tank on my Compact Jr. I needed more room on the tongue so I could mount the spare tire. I bought my 5 lb. tank at Camping World for $50 then found that Northern Tool sells a 4 lb. for $36. It has worked great and will go several seasons before needing a refill.

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I converted the two 20 lb tanks on the front to a single 10 lb and set the battery box beside it. Be prepared to pay more for the smaller tank than a 20 lb. I you plan on enclosing the tank in a box be sure to provide plenty of ventilation, both top and bottom. I'd keep any electricals away. My biggest problem was figuring out a method of tying down the tank to the frame.

If you want to use a disposable bottle Northern Tool carries an adapter that might simplify the connection. I carry one for emergencies. ber sure to get the one that allows connection from a disposable tank to the POL hose or Quick Connect, not the refill adapter.

I also have a 5 lb tank and and a propane camping stove for cooking outdoors.

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Thank you Dan M. It is ordered and will be shipped out on Tuesday. Ken
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Christi, try finding a free ad paper (or local internet ad site) to run an ad and sell your existing tanks to help pay for your conversion.
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Old 02-19-2007, 06:17 AM   #14
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you could always do what i did and solve two problems in one.
yep after purging i cut in half and made the bbq pit out of it and got a microwave for my coffie and popcorn.


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