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Old 09-09-2016, 05:07 PM   #11
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Ok, my notion idea is not going to happen.

Thanks for all suggestions, both for and against.
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Old 09-09-2016, 05:11 PM   #12
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Run one tank empty and then leave it that way.

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I am not sure what 11 gallon tanks cost in your area but here they cost more than a 30 gallon.

Two tanks without propane is right at $120.00 plus sales tax.
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Old 09-09-2016, 09:30 PM   #13
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I'll have to admit...I'm perplexed as to why anyone would WANT to remove half of your propane storage. /me scratches head.

Heck, while shopping for an RV, I automatically discount any that only have one!
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Old 09-09-2016, 11:43 PM   #14
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Alright, I'll bite from my perspective. I installed 200 watts of solar panels on the front (tongue side) of my trailer. I also installed a custom battery box with a huge 4D AGM battery just behind the propane tanks. I'm seriously considering getting a Dometic CFX-50US compressor driven refrigerator and putting it in place of my factory frig. I won't need any propane for refrigeration. Since I've added quite a bit of tongue weight to my rig with my solar setup, bringing the tongue weight back down would be a benefit.

I live in Arizona - it doesn't get that cold when I camp most of the time. DW does not camp with me very often. When I do try to run the furnace, it won't start anyway. Yes I've taken it in to be fixed, they tell me its fixed, but when I try to run it at camp, it still won't fire up. Oh well, grab a backup wool blanket.

I prefer to cook and grill on my Coleman Grill-Stove that runs on one-pound canisters than on the grill or stove that came with the trailer. Though I often do like to use the inside stove burners for hot chocolate in the evening.

Now do I really need two huge weights on my trailer tongue? I could get by with one half-filled easily for a week or more.
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Old 09-10-2016, 07:11 AM   #15
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Is there any real reason to question the wisdom on only one tank? I refill my tanks about once a year weather they need it or not. It's a technical question not a philosophical one.

It is perfectly reasonable for a very small camper like an AFrame that uses very little propane. Double that for people who live in warm areas of the country or camp where there is electricity. It can make a difference in towing on tongue heavy AFrame campers and swapping tanks is easy enough.
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Is there any real reason to question the wisdom on only one tank? I refill my tanks about once a year weather they need it or not. It's a technical question not a philosophical one.

It is perfectly reasonable for a very small camper like an AFrame that uses very little propane. Double that for people who live in warm areas of the country or camp where there is electricity. It can make a difference in towing on tongue heavy AFrame campers and swapping tanks is easy enough.
Well said! To each his or her own!
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I have both tanks on my A122BH, but have only ever filled one to save tongue weight. I actually just refilled that one tank after three years, and it still had 5 lbs in it.

I'd love to ditch that second tank, but probably only if I could have a new single-tank mount of some kind.

The furnace is the only reason I could see needing more than one tank on a trip. I do boondock a lot, but have only run the furnace once so far.

Otherwise, I'm only using propane for the stove and the fridge. The fridge has probably been on for about a month total with that one tank. It doesn't use much gas!
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If your reasoning for doing this is to save weight, you could always switch to 2 20# tanks (I'm assuming you're starting with 2 30# tanks?). You would lower your overall tongue weight but still be balanced. Plus then when you run out on one tank, you have backup and know that it's time to refill.
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Old 09-12-2016, 01:32 AM   #19
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I don't use much propane either so I can understand why not to fill and keep the second tank. However, I have decided to keep both tanks on the trailer anyway. Part of the reason was that the tank cover fits snugly over bit tanks. Not sure if the fit would be different while traveling with only one tank in place. The advantage with 2 tanks is that you need not worry about being out of propane when the first tank hits empty.
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If I were doing looking to lose some tongue weight, I'd use 11 lb tanks, mod the hold down and cut down the tank cover to fit. I already have an 11 lb tank sitting around mostly unused from my car camping days. But even one 11 lb tank would do me for several months as I tend to use an quiet electric space heater in the winter time rather than the noise furnace or coolcat. As long as I remember to refill regularly, it wouldn't be a problem. I'm sure a hold down bracket could be fabricated from readily available parts.
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