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Old 11-22-2011, 09:24 AM   #1
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Propane bottle placement?

Right now the tank is placed just behind the drivers door semi exposed. Most I see on here have it up much higher with the hole cut through the side.

Spoke and showed it to Jeff at RV interiors yesterday and he thought it would be safe there and he stated I should use as is. Seems to low and exposed. What are your thoughts?

I think I can move it up an inch or two in the same spot.

It looks like it's a 6.9 gallon tank but there is thick paint on it so can't tell for sure. What size are most running on here?

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Old 11-22-2011, 11:39 AM   #2
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Re: Propane bottle placement?

We had one mounted like that on an E-150 2wd. The guard got smashed up a bit and we did no off-road, only rough roads. On a 4x4 van there is more ground clearance so it might be OK.



The tanks are different for the 2 mounting positions. The lower mount one has valves that point downward at a 45 degree angle, wherease the higher mount one with the access door has valves that point horizontally. There are 2 tank sizes available that will fit in that location. 10" x 23" tank is 6.9 gallon, holds 5.5 gallons of propane. 10" x 32" tank is 9.9 gallon, holds 7.9 gallons of propane. If you want the higher mounted one Sportsmobile West sells both the tank and the access door for a reasonable price.

Here is the larger tank mounted on my van (need to get some better pictures), and the parts.





We wanted the bigger tank mainly for winter camping and skiing where we sometimes spend 2 or 3 nights up in the woods away from propane dispensers, with the heater running all the time to keep things from freezing. The smaller tank should last several days in milder weather.
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:13 PM   #3
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Re: Propane bottle placement?

It looks like your tank is 18-20" up and maybe no lower than the van frame. You will be in some pretty gnarly stuff before you hit that.

Unless you plan on serious rock crawling, I wouldn't worry about it.

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Old 11-23-2011, 06:49 AM   #4
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Re: Propane bottle placement?

Thanks for the info Gentleman!! It will stay where it is.
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