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Old 10-27-2012, 10:18 AM   #1
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Stolen propane tank

Pulling out my driveway this morning, I looked over to admire my Boler and noticed the propane tank carefully unscrewed itself and walked away. I would like to keep my next propane tank for a while. What's your favorite way to secure your propane tank? A locking box for the tongue might be my next move.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:36 AM   #2
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One of your neighbors must have been grilling some steaks and his tank ran out of gas!! Maybe just a bike lock cable or chain would do. I don't think there's much value in used tanks.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:51 AM   #3
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About $20 of value Enough to tick me off if mine wandered off, but not so much that a bike lock or chain with lock wouldn't do the trick.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:54 AM   #4
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I remove mine and store them in my garage. With the shady people walking through my alley and going through the trash/recycle bins I'm convinced they'd walk away.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:08 PM   #5
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I was just laughing about this with a co-worker who said there has been a huge bunch of propane tank theft around here. Apparantly, they go to the local supermarkets that sell them out front. They jack all of them at once. I guess it's worth the $200. Lots of stores stopped selling them out front. It is Reno.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:33 PM   #6
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I'd rather my tank walk then have the entire trailer walk. I store the tank inside if the trailer is going to be parked for a while. If it is on mounted the trailer, it is easy enough to loop a bicycle lock through it.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:42 PM   #7
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I don't mean to be a mother hen, but storing a propane tank in your house is a bad idea. A few years ago, I lived in a fourth floor apartment. My neighbor had a bbq that they used on the balcony, and stored just inside. They had a fire. The propane tank got hot enough to blow the psv. The appt filled with fire. There was no furniture left. The TV was a melted blob of glass in the corner. The light bulbs were dripping out of there sockets.

Keep your propane tanks outside, maybe in the shed.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:59 PM   #8
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Just store the trailer and tank in the garage !
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:11 PM   #9
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I had an aluminum box built for the front of my Cloud. Big enough for my tank, battery, solar controller, leveling jacks, water hose etc. Nice and secure though did add some weight but not enough to cause any issues.

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Old 11-21-2012, 01:32 PM   #10
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I don't mean to be a mother hen, but storing a propane tank in your house is a bad idea. A few years ago, I lived in a fourth floor apartment. My neighbor had a bbq that they used on the balcony, and stored just inside. They had a fire. The propane tank got hot enough to blow the psv. The appt filled with fire. There was no furniture left. The TV was a melted blob of glass in the corner. The light bulbs were dripping out of there sockets.

Keep your propane tanks outside, maybe in the shed.
You may also have issues related to your insurer not wanting to pay out on a claim if you do keep your propane tanks in the garage and there is an incident involving the tank.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:39 PM   #11
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A few years ago a nearby Amish family was using a propane tank mounted heater in the kitchen. Somehow it managed to blow up destroying the house. The family's mother died a few days later. So I agree that having propane tanks in the house is a very bad idea. Here's proof.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:06 PM   #12
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Smile Chain?

I have a chain and padlock around my battery, maybe another for the propane tank?
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:01 PM   #13
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Thanks again for all the suggestions. For now it's just got a chain and lock around it because I've got other projects that are higher on The List. But down the road I'll get a tongue box because it just looks cleaner and it's more storage space. Also, I don't need to worry about my propane exploding indoors or insurance since I don't have a garage.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:22 AM   #14
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My son in los Angela's had his tanks stolen problem was they took the trailers with them
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