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Old 12-11-2013, 02:10 PM   #11
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Need to be careful, if attached to vehicle. It will
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:03 PM   #12
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That should be correct. We use a 12.25 Water Capacity tank. Some mfgs list this in their specs, expecting you to do the math.

Our 9.8 is LP Capacity not tank size
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:24 AM   #13
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We have camped many times in cold weather. The coach tank will last only 3 or 4 days and nights if the weather is below freezing.

We use an Extend-a-Stay kit with a grill gas tank. It takes 5 or 10 minutes to connect or disconnect. A downside is that it takes four different size wrenches to do it. One plus for the kit is that if you can't find a place to refill the coach or grill gas tank, grill gas tank exchanges are everywhere now. Also, if you plan to stay in a place for several days, you don't have to drive the motorhome to the refill location.

I turn the coach tank off when I am using the grill gas tank so I will always have gas for the refrigerator when we are going down the road, and for the furnace if we stop for a while. Naturally, the grill tank always runs out gas at 3 AM! (By the way, if you run out of gas you'll have to rest thermostat before the furnace will restart. If it fails to ignite it will lock out after three tries. Ours reset by turning it off, then back on. Yours may be different.)

Of course, swapping grill gas tanks costs more than having the tanks refilled, but the few dollars are insignificant compared to the hassle of running out of LP.
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:33 AM   #14
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That should be correct. We use a 12.25 Water Capacity tank. Some mfgs list this in their specs, expecting you to do the math.

Our 9.8 is LP Capacity not tank size
Mr. Clemens,

Please lobby Forest River to make a larger LP tank available as an option on class C's. It costs around $100 for the Extend-a-Stay kit and a grill tank, so that gives a starting point for the value. We all know that it creates some work to engineer this option, stock two sizes and issue build orders, but you do that now with air conditioners/heat pumps, the dual battery option, cabinet doors, etc. It would be a benefit for those of us who use our motorhomes all seasons. We've used our furnace in the winter in the south and in the Rockies in June.
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Old 12-12-2013, 01:06 PM   #15
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I would agree that they need to consider dry camping and at least have the option for a bigger tank. Ours runs out fairly quickly even in the summer. We are gone every weekend and never have hook ups. Between the fridge, water heater, and stove I get about 6 days before we refill.
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Old 12-12-2013, 04:34 PM   #16
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We have talked about it. We really want it on Solera (with LP gen) but weight is an issue right now. We're trying to cut some weight, but not quite there yet.

I'm pretty sure a bigger tank fits (on most models) if you want to retro one, but again we try and find one size that fits all. We would more than likely want it to be standard as opposed to an option so we can stock one size.

Just a word of caution. We had a rental dealer request a tank that was DOUBLE size compared to our existing. As always, the unknown domino effect takes place and come to find out there are Ferry restrictions on tank size (big mess). So we ended up splitting the difference. Unfortunately that was a non-standard size and causes supply issues.

I will bring it up again and see if we can go up one size.
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Old 12-12-2013, 05:04 PM   #17
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I am beginning to think that the actual 80% capacity is 9.8 gals, not 8. But I don't have the RV to measure it.

Probably this one:
RV Surplus

They have others which might fit.
During my last LPG fill the tank was almost empty and it took 7.8 gals to take it to 80 percent so I believe the 8 gals max is accurate.

Thanks for the link and I'll check it out.
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I filled mine from 1/3 and it took 6.5 gallons. Gauges are just estimates.
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I don't think manufacturers give a lot of weight to dry camping. Probably understandable if you go by the typical user. But there is a market advantage waiting to be claimed.

The water and waste tank sizes are quite good on Sunseekers, kudos for that! So yeah, a bigger LP tank would be nice.

Then on to the 12v system!
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As a retired Fire Chief, don't mess with the propane. Its one of the most dangerous fuels out there. I am glad to have a small tank on the RV. If I could eliminate it, I would.
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