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Old 02-26-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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At the RV show in Belleville this week we came across a fifth wheel with a propane access door that made me stop in my tracks. I thought for sure there must be a smaller 20# propane bottle behind the door instead of a 30# bottle. NOPE! Unbelievably the access door is almost the exact same height as the propane bottle. I can’t imagine how many knuckles I would scrape the skin from trying to get a full propane bottle back into its resting place.

Take a good look at the photo below and you will notice that the rubber seal around the door frame is missing where the top and bottom of the bottle would come out.

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Old 02-26-2012, 09:34 AM   #2
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fill without removing it ??

I think most would fill it
without removing it
but
is that a good idea ??
would it be safe ??

I'am thinking that it would be alright

no expert on gas here
I eat plenty of Mexican food
and never have a problem !!

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That sure does look like mine. Well, minus the missing seal strip. I have to actually lift and angle mine out. I have scraped my knuckles a couple of times.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:10 AM   #4
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I haven't seen the setup, but it looks as if you could unbuckle the strap, put your hand through the handhold palm up, tip the tank toward you until the top is through the opening, and lift it out. Putting it back in would involve putting the base through first, setting it in place, and tipping it back upright.

I'd wear a glove the first few times to be safe. But my guess is that if there were a lot of workers at the plant with scraped knuckles, the design would have been changed.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:15 AM   #5
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Mines like that.
I just tip the top out and pull it out
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:22 AM   #6
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Mine is very similar without the release type strap that is shown. I have a bolt with a wing nut. This release shown looks like it would be much easier. It takes a bit of maneuvering to get mine out. It's a little beef of mine about the design but nothing major. i can live with it.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:40 AM   #7
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Because of the angle of the photograph it looks like there is more room at the top than there really is. Getting an empty bottle out isn't that hard, getting a full one back in is troublesome. BTW, the fifth wheel was a Coachmen Chaparral. If you have a Chaparral dealer near you, check it out sometime.

EdJunior: The access door on your Wildcat is at least 6 inches taller than the one in the photo.
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I haven't seen the setup, but it looks as if you could unbuckle the strap, put your hand through the handhold palm up, tip the tank toward you until the top is through the opening, and lift it out. Putting it back in would involve putting the base through first, setting it in place, and tipping it back upright.

I'd wear a glove the first few times to be safe. But my guess is that if there were a lot of workers at the plant with scraped knuckles, the design would have been changed.
The workers at the plant are installing empty tanks not full tanks. Big difference.
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EdJunior: The access door on your Wildcat is at least 6 inches taller than the one in the photo.
Maybe, but I also have the "holder" strap coming from the top of the bay (it screws to the top of the tank). Also, my "belly" strap buckles are at the front of the bottle (towards the front of the compartment) so I have to squeeze my arm over and around the bottle just to get to them. Not a good design. Probably one of those things I'll mod sometime soon.

This is my compartment (one on the other side is just the same).

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My belly straps are the same as yours EdJunior, I was going to move the strap so the buckle would be in front until I realized that the door wouldn't close with the buckle directly in the front. The buckle would have to be off to the side a bit. I've had this trailer going on 5 years now and I still haven't made that mod. I talk about it a lot but never seem to get around to it. Yes, I'm a world-class procrastinator.
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