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Posted: 11/01/19 01:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In all the years of dealing with travel trailers, ever since I was an 8 year old kid and my parents got a TT, never removed the propane tanks.

On the other hand, my mother had a 20 pound propane tank in the basement of her house off an old BBQ grill. It was half full/empty. I wanted another tank to use for a Coleman gas stove. She gave it to me. After all those years, it worked perfectly fine.

When it finally ran out of propane, I ended up trading it at a swap-em out gas station and that's how I got the newer one with the triangle knob, instead of the old style rounded knob.

Actually, to store them inside, or keep them on the camper exposed to the elements over the winter months, I don't think it matters one way or the other. It's really all about your own comfort level and potential theft than anything else. But for the life of the tank, I don't think it matters.

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Turn the gas off at the valve, and forget about it. No need to make this harder than it has to be


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Posted: 11/01/19 02:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I mean what do people do in winter that heat their homes fed from a propane tank?
I don't think it is safe to store propane inside. And why bother anything extra if they are empty anyway?


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Posted: 11/01/19 02:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always leave the propane on the trailer or in the camper.
You may also want to rethink the storage in the garage of the spare cylinders. I have been told that here in Ontario if you have a fire,with the cylinders stored inside, and the cylinders explode you may have problems with your insurance company!
Haven't checked with my insurance broker, but I have stored my spares outside for years.
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Propane LIQUIFIES at around -40 I have no idea what the freezing point is but at -40 it will not vaporise any more (Remains a liquid)

So the question has more to do with security

1: Do not store Propane tanks inside a dwelling Garage or storage shed perhaps but not inside a dwelling.


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time2roll wrote:

I mean what do people do in winter that heat their homes fed from a propane tank?
My stick house propane tanks are outside and away from windows and electrical outlets (per regulations).

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disconnect them leaves the pigtail susceptible to spiders and their webs.

Leave them connected.

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Only reason to remove would be if theft is a concern, otherwise leave them be.


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wa8yxm wrote:

Propane LIQUIFIES at around -40 I have no idea what the freezing point is but at -40 it will not vaporise any more (Remains a liquid)

Google says -306 °F. That's cold!


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Well never disconnect or turned off. With gas on, this was all valves have pressure on them and help preserve the seals. Granted we would use it from time to time over the winter.


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