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Old 09-15-2018, 08:56 AM   #1
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Adding compartment vent for extra propane

I want to bring along an extra propane 20lb tank and carry it in my rear compartment. I don't think it's vented enough. Has anyone added a vent to a compartment for this purpose?
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:03 AM   #2
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Most areas for Propane tanks are very open, some having no solid floor! You would have a tough time keeping other things clean or dry in that case! Youroo! !
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Most areas for Propane tanks are very open, some having no solid floor! You would have a tough time keeping other things clean or dry in that case! Youroo! !
Very true, so how do you transport an extra tank to the campground?
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We have two 30# tanks and have Never used Both while on any extended trip,even while using furnace in the fall,we don't camp in the Winter! Youroo! !
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:36 AM   #5
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Remember this is a class c and no real place for total outside storage. Iím sure many have the 1lb cans in closed compartments.
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Might be wrong here, but I thought the only time they should be in a vented compartment, was if they were in use with the valve open, especially when connected to a regulator. An exception may be with a freshly filled unit, subject to outgassing if too hot? I await the wisdom of the masses!
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Adding compartment vent for extra propane

It probably doesnít really help you but I can carry an extra 20# tank in the storage compartment of my boat trailer, itís one of those diamond plate pick up truck boxes and it will just fit upright. Iím not sure if you have a toad that you could rig up something to carry it.
But I carry some of the little green bottles as well in the mh compartment for the bbq and lil buddy heater to stretch my propane for longer stays.
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I think they should be vented. Also I know if you keep in a compartment they have to have a label with 2" LPG letters on the door.
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Boy was I wrong with my previous post!!!!! I found this.

http://www.apollopropane.com/pdf/Tra...eCylinders.pdf
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Boy was I wrong with my previous post!!!!! I found this.

http://www.apollopropane.com/pdf/Tra...eCylinders.pdf
Looks like the safety plug could work while I travel and then remove tank from compartment. Still no way to vent.
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i think there is also some regulation that requires that the compartments that the propane cylinder is store in must be able to be manually opened without any locks and keys.

it sounds like you currently have 20 lb tank(s). would a 30 lb tank fit in the existing compartment?
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i think there is also some regulation that requires that the compartments that the propane cylinder is store in must be able to be manually opened without any locks and keys.

it sounds like you currently have 20 lb tank(s). would a 30 lb tank fit in the existing compartment?
I have a 5lb, 11lb and 20lb tanks and there is just enough clearance for the last 2 because of their height, a 30lb would not. Of course not all at once.
Could put and secure the tank in the basket of my wife's tricycle which sits in a custom bike rack off the rear hitch receiver. Not sure if there is enough room to squeeze an 11lb or 20lb tank in behind the front wheel, but the 5lb could. Would that be legal if I could? Looks dangerous especially if rear ended.
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New idea!

How about using the drivers side rear compartment where the 11 lb tank fits nicely. Cut and install a hatch cover and install eyelets for tie down. Then add a center lock in the cabinet door and move the lock itself over to the middle and install a lever latch like the left side on the right side. Finish off adding a screen to the outside of the hatch cover and apply a PROPANE sticker.
This will allow me to place the tank inside and secure it, unscrew the hatch cover to allow ventilation and keep the cargo door secure while traveling but unlocked per DOT. Plus it's away from the exhaust pipe on the other side of MH.
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Whoops, guess Iíve been breaking the rules for a while. We keep an extra 20 lb tank in the RV when weíre traveling and often Transport one in our Jeep too. Never really worried about venting, never had any propane smells in those compartments, though the compartment we keep our hoses does smell. I guess Iíll have to change how I do this too. :/
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I received the hatch and decal from Amazon, now I need to figure out where to cut the hole??? I can mount the hatch on the floor or side. From what I read, it must be at a spot on the floor or if on side touching floor. Also, it requires 1 square inch of vent for each 7lbs of propane. Going to cover with screen to prevent bugs, dirt and bugs. So, side or floor?
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I would go with the floor location for ventilation. If you ever change your mind, not to carry propane there, it makes a great hatch to flush dirt or whatever with water. It also allows another entryway for other power or water connections to the interior.
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I would go with the floor location for ventilation. If you ever change your mind, not to carry propane there, it makes a great hatch to flush dirt or whatever with water. It also allows another entryway for other power or water connections to the interior.
I'm thinking the same thing. There is a 3/4" plug for draining, but it's too small.
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Finished

So I cut a 4 1/2" hole and mounted the hatch with screen over the inside to prevent bugs etc. Placed decal on compartment lid. The propane bottle will be wedged in up close to the open hatch while traveling and removed upon arriving at CG to supplement main tank, BBQ and Little Red Campfire.
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