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Old 12-10-2013, 12:16 PM   #1
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Propane Tank Upgrade

Has anyone tried upgrading or changing the propane tank on a Sunseeker to one that is larger than 8 gals?
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:03 PM   #2
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If you don't mind my asking, Why? We find that a full tank lasts us half the summer or more. We camp often and run the refrigerator on propane when traveling, cook on the stove and use the oven, and hook up the grill to the propane also. Granted, running the furnace is the largest use of propane, and we don't do that very often. Also use electric to heat water most of the time.

There are extend-a-stay adapters available from Camping World to allow use of portable tanks. They are designed to use with removable tanks like trailers have, but with a little plumbing work on the gas line, they can be used with a fixed tank like Sunseeker. Other threads on the forum have discussed them with pictures.

Don't confuse 8 gallons with the 20 pounds of a standard portable tank. You have lots of propane for everyday use.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:22 PM   #3
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... Why? We find that a full tank lasts us half the summer or more. ... Granted, running the furnace is the largest use of propane, and we don't do that very often. Also use electric to heat water most of the time.

...Don't confuse 8 gallons with the 20 pounds of a standard portable tank. You have lots of propane for everyday use.
I'm sure someone will let me know if my logic is flawed with my response.

As you mention, and I agree, 8 gals of Propane is enough for approx half of the summer. I am looking at trips taken from late fall through mid-spring.

When temps drop below approx 28 degrees F water tanks etc freeze. Since the tanks and plumbing are in heated compartments the furnace is required to keep these tanks warm and prevent (I hope) freezing. Instead of having to get the propane tank filled at a camp ground etc... during mid-trip I would prefer to take enough propane for a week long journey. I have a 500 gallon tank that runs my house and my propane cost is lower when filled by my propane service vs a campground refill.

Also, an 8 gallon propane tank on the SunSeeker equates to approx 35 pounds of propane. Upgrading to a 20 gallon tank will add approx 51 pounds to the overall weight (not counting the weight difference of the larger tank) of the coach. I can handle the weight difference.

Before someone mentions the Artic Pac, the documentation I have seen says there must be fluid in the tanks to use the artic pack so if you are connected to sewer and keep the grey tank open the Artic Pac should not be used. Now, is that right or wrong I do not know.

Bottom line - Why? For convenience, safety and a cost savings over time (although it may be small).

I guess my question back is why would I want to carry a portable propane tank if I can replace the existing 8 gallon tank with a 16 or 20 gallon tank. Replacing the existing tank would provide more propane without the storage concern of a portable tank. As a note, my grill at home is connected into the 500 gallon tank so I'd have to purchase the portable tank along with the extender.

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Old 12-10-2013, 06:51 PM   #4
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We dry camp most of the time, the 8 gal. propane tank runs low quickly. I shut the hot water tank off for the night, but still we use over half of the tank in a week, especially if I warm up the camper to get the chill/moisture out at night. I usually top off the tank after every week long camping trip. For longer trips, I did the plumbing and bring an auxiliary 20 lb. tank.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:55 PM   #5
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sorry for getting off topic but while everyone is mentioning "plumbing changes" to the propane lines......I have a 2009 sunseeker add I think it would be fairly easy to add a propane line to hook up a gas grille. The line is flexible coming off the tank before connecting to black iron pipe. It looks as though a tee at that connection would work to get a line out. The pipes, hoses and fittings I can figure out, but do I need a regulator? Anyone have experience with this? or should I not bother?
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:03 PM   #6
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8 gals is too small, IMO. On the one model I checked, there was only room for slightly longer one, but even say 12 gals would be an improvement. Yeah, if you don't use the furnace, it lasts a long time. But if need the furnace....
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:04 PM   #7
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In regards to the water heater tank. When I winterize it should I leave the anode in or out?
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:19 PM   #8
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In regards to the water heater tank. When I winterize it should I leave the anode in or out?
Once the tank is empty you can thread the anode back in. Leaving an opening to the tank's interior is an invitation for bugs to set up housekeeping.
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You can get as large a tank as you can fit into your current space. Manchester makes tons of them for the RV industy. Unfortunitly they are not inexpensive.
Once you know your max size contact your LP dealer and see if he will order it for you.
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:59 PM   #10
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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:
http://www.rvsurplus.net/catalog/dis...roduct_id=3758

They have others which might fit.
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