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I’m going to put up a shed for my 28’ TT. We live in a mild climate and use the trailer even in winter but it does freeze sometimes at night. Is it feasible to put up a permanent propane tank on site, so I don’t have to keep track of the portable tanks and worry about them running out if, for example, I am on vacation?

Anyone tried this? We have no HOA restrictions or anything but our county doesn’t allow people to live in the trailer for more than 60 days per year, so they may balk but it’s at least worth a shot perhaps. We also will be putting in a dump, electricity, and water as our guests usually stay in the trailer.

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just call your local pp dealer tell them you need a 300gal tank ,should be no problem we have one for our dog kennel. p.s 300gal goes a long way. you don,t need a 500gal.here they install free just pay for first fill. northeast ohio.

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I feel that I may know the area you're referring to and have seen several sites for sale with just what you are planning. The odds are the only government restriction has to do with protecting the tank from damage by a vehicle or such.

As midnightsadie said, call the local propane company and get prices.


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Posted: 03/15/19 09:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ask them about connecting to the RV before they install a 300# tank.


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I'd just put in a 50 amp shore power and use electric heat.


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Lots of semi-permanent campers have large (100 gallons or more) tanks set up outside the camper.
Though I would think electric would be cheaper.


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This is my high pressure adapter for the BBQ with a El (for hose routing considerations) and a shutoff valve. Note: The top external tank port came with the adapter. The BBQ connector is the standard 1lb 1" screw on propane bottle type.

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GrandpaKip wrote:

Lots of semi-permanent campers have large (100 gallons or more) tanks set up outside the camper.
Though I would think electric would be cheaper.


I’m sorry I’m so dumb, but I thought the heat reqired propane? I plan to install electricity anyway. Is there a way to run the heat with 50A shore power?

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rvshrinker wrote:

I’m sorry I’m so dumb, but I thought the heat reqired propane? I plan to install electricity anyway. Is there a way to run the heat with 50A shore power?
Our non propane options:
1. We have 3 electric ceramic heaters which handles most of our heat.

2. We have 3 AC/Heat Pumps .

3. Our furnace and hot water are diesel which also has a small electric heat element.

Propane supplies the refer, stove top and BBQ. We try to remember to add propane every 2 years. [emoticon]

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rvshrinker wrote:



I’m sorry I’m so dumb, but I thought the heat reqired propane? I plan to install electricity anyway. Is there a way to run the heat with 50A shore power?


In order to heat the tanks below the floor, most trailers are required to run the propane furnace. There are modifications that can be made, but that is a whole different discussion.





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