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What I liked about my Dads mod when tipping the top down and grabbing the bottom with the other hand I am carrying it at a comfortable height that's easy to place on the tailgate.

Would not want to place it on the ground and have to pick it up again.


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Unless you spend your time in RV parks that provide refills on site you have to find a place that refills portable tanks. 20# tanks have the added benefit of being able to trade them in just about anywhere nowadays even though they don't fill them all the way.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

On my Dads new to him 5er you had to lift the tanks "UP" and out of the steel ring or try to release the latching system and bend the steel horizontal ring out of the way so you could tip it out instead of lifting. .

So I put my "creative genius" [emoticon] to work and cut off the latching system and added a strap that can be tightened. Works GREAT with releasing the strap and tipping the tank out and grabbing the bottom to easily carry it to the truck. I added a wood block to keep from damaging the aluminum door frame at the bottom. The block also keeps the tank base locked in place.

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I didn't like the factory setup either so because of sitting for 6 months I removed the clamps but installed them for the trip home.

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mhardin wrote:

Unless you spend your time in RV parks that provide refills on site you have to find a place that refills portable tanks. 20# tanks have the added benefit of being able to trade them in just about anywhere nowadays even though they don't fill them all the way.
Good point, then you're trading 30# tanks for 15# tanks. [emoticon]


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The tanks you’d trade at Walmart are they 15’s or 20’s? Interestingly I don’t recall anyone saying they carry extra propane in the truck bed?

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The tanks you’d trade at Walmart are they 15’s or 20’s? Interestingly I don’t recall anyone saying they carry extra propane in the truck bed?


They are 20# tanks but the companies that fill them put a bit less than a full 20# in them out of "safety" concerns. You get more at a refill place but you pay for the convenience at the swap 'em places.

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I don’t know about anyone else but I’m learning a bunch from this thread. I didn’t know you paid more by swapping tanks. I guess it makes sense but I didn’t know it. Do the tank swapping companies keep the 10 under the 10 year certification limit?

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Mondooker wrote:

I don’t know about anyone else but I’m learning a bunch from this thread. I didn’t know you paid more by swapping tanks. I guess it makes sense but I didn’t know it. Do the tank swapping companies keep the 10 under the 10 year certification limit?


Generally, I prefer to take them in and get them filled but if you get an old or rusty tank, take it in and swap it out. Check the date on the new tank to make sure it has a few years.

For the cost of 5lb of propane, you got an updated tank.


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I'm sure I'll get all this figured out. I just remember when I went for my PDI the salesman had all kinds of trouble getting the 30# tank out and it was empty. Ever since then my coach has been at the manufacturer fixing a couple problems. I should have it back soon and I'm trying to be pro active and the tanks stuck in my mind. I'm sure I'll make it work.

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Mondooker wrote:

I don’t know about anyone else but I’m learning a bunch from this thread. I didn’t know you paid more by swapping tanks. I guess it makes sense but I didn’t know it. Do the tank swapping companies keep the 10 under the 10 year certification limit?
You will usually pay more by swapping tanks, but it depends on the places available to fill tanks. Some charge by the weight, i.e. gallons, but others charge by the fill. So if you take in a partial tank, they would charge you for a fill, regardless of how much they actually put in.

Yes, the exchange places only have tanks with 15 lbs. rather than 20 lbs. Rhino started this a few years ago as a money grab, and now they all do it. There is a local filler here who will try to tell you that it isn't legal, or safe, to fill them past 15 lbs.! Just a simple money grab, as he charges by the fill, and not by the gallon. Total ripoff.

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