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Old 06-13-2014, 12:18 PM   #1
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Help me with double propane tank holder

I've got a double propane tank holder as shown in the below pics. I'd like to limit tongue weight when two tanks isn't needed (which is 90% of the time). I'm curious if anyone has any ideas on how to get the tank holder to clamp onto just one tank. Seems like I would need some sort of placeholder on the other side for the arm to grab onto.

I already found a stub end connector to make sure no propane leaks out the second tube when not in use.



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Old 06-13-2014, 12:27 PM   #2
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Just use a empty tank.

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Old 06-13-2014, 12:31 PM   #3
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Empty still weighs 20lb. Trying to eliminate all weight possible.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:37 PM   #4
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I have the same kind of set up on my propane tanks. I find that when I have one tank removed, I can usually still crank down the support to (kind of) hold the remaining tank. It's not as stable but it does seem to prevent the tank from being moved. Mind you, I've never tried to move the TT like this as I only remove the empty tank to go get it filled.

You shouldn't have to worry about capping the one side as the auto change over regulator should only ever engage one tank. I don't have any problems with leaking propane when I remove a tank.

What I'd more concerned with is why you'd want to remove one. From your picture, it appears you've got dual batteries so I'm assuming you plan on doing some boondocking? If so, you should be running your fridge and HW on propane, meaning you'll be burning through those 20 lbs tanks faster than you might think. I always have hookups so I'm only using the propane for cooking and furnace and I've still had to fill each tank twice since I picked up the trailer about a year ago. If you're not boondocking, then you could probably save just as much weight by eliminating a battery as you would by eliminating a propane tank.

Trust me, it really sucks dealing with a cranky family when the furnace quits working at 3 am because you ran out of propane and forgot to open the second tank for the auto change over to switch. And since I've done it twice now, it seems guaranteed to happen in the middle of the night.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:44 PM   #5
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Thanks for the concern. I refuse to use hookups and normally am dispersed camping. That said, I have measured my actual propane and battery usage on various trips and feel that I can often get by easily with only one propane tank, especially for a three day weekend trip. Basically I'm looking to free up some weight for other toys on short trips while being able to take two tanks like to Yellowstone.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:51 PM   #6
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Just cut a 2x4 or 2x6 piece of lumber to the length needed. Even a piece of 4x4 would work.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:52 PM   #7
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If 20# is a weight concern I'd say you've got bigger problems.

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Old 06-13-2014, 01:36 PM   #8
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If 20# is a weight concern I'd say you've got bigger problems.

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Well, technically tank + propane being eliminated nets him about 35-40 lbs, depending on tank manufacturer, but I generally agree. Either it's not much of a difference, or else you need to eliminate a lot more stuff to make an overall difference. For instance, if I leave the dogs with a babysitter, I can gain about 3 times that weight (90-100 lbs between the two). Eliminate their food, bed, dog toys, leashes, poop bags, etc... Probably another 50 or so lbs. Don't bring the kids? Easily a couple of hundred pounds between kids and all their stuff. Eliminate DW..... ouch, ouch.. Ok, I'll stop.
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Old 06-13-2014, 01:53 PM   #9
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How about removing the threaded rod, moving the tank to the center, and placing a threaded rod on each side. Get a small section of square alum tube from a home center, drill a hole on each end for the rod, and place the tube thru the tank collar to connect the rods and hold down the tank.

You could also use the old Coleman pop-up version:
http://http://www.ebay.com/itm/Coleman-Fleetwood-Pop-Up-Camper-20-Lbs-Propane-Tank-Hold-Down-Brackets-/141305629117?_trksid=p2054897.l5658
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Seems like a lot of hassle for eliminating 20#'s of empty tank. Can't think of a time in my 40+ years of camping that I've been concerned or stressed over an extra 20#'s on any of my trailer tongues.
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