I'm planning to install my own propane tank on the 2009 E250 RB and would like to get it as high as possible, which means I'll need an access door. The other alternative is to mount the tank low enough to access the valves under the body panel, but this puts the tank as low or lower than the gas tank, which seems like a bad idea near the edge of the van.
The tank is 10" diameter and there is about 12" of space between the frame rail and the inner body panel. The emergency brake cable is very close to being in the way. I think I've got it figured out, but there are a few questions in my mind. Can anybody help with advice or maybe some pictures of similar installation?
1. The e-brake cable mounts to a bracket on the frame just in front of the rear wheel well. This bracket has two holes in it. The e-brake cable is mounted to the lower of the two holes, but it seems like I could relocate it to the upper hole to raise up the cable and make a little more room. Do some of the vans have the brake cable in the upper hole? Would there be any problems relocating the cable up ?
2. Should the propane tank support brackets just be bolted up through the floor of the van?
3. Does the tank need any sideways braces? The brackets that come with the tank only provide vertical support
4. The inner body panel will need to have a hole cut in it, at least big enough for the propane valves to clear. Or should the hole be bigger so part of the tank itself is into the inner body panel?
5. Currently the inner body panel is sealed to the outer body panel. Once I cut a hole in the inner panel, it will allow water and dirt to get into this space. Do I need to install a gasket or flashing in between the inner and outer body panels to keep stuff out?
6. I will probably have to cut off part of the rock shield that comes on the tank under the propane valves. How much rock shield should be left on the tank?
7. A previous post mentioned that the rock shield is attached to the inner body panel. Any ideas on how to do this?
8. There are two lengths of tanks available - 23" and 32" (5.5 gallon and 7.9 gallon). For the longer tank it looks like the rear mounting point will be very close to the fuel filler opening in the floor. Any advice on where this rear mounting bracket should attach to the floor?
Reading the above it seems like a lot of questions for a simple install.
any help or pictures would be much appreciated. Or maybe there's a forum member in the NW I could hook up with to look at their installation?
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