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Old 01-14-2018, 05:03 PM   #1
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Changing 20# to 30# Propane tanks?

Would there be any reason you could not change the 20# tanks for 30s On the Vibe 268RKS 17? Other than the weight, There seems to be enough clearance under the cover. Will not be doing it now but maybe latter.
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Old 01-14-2018, 05:25 PM   #2
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many members have gone that way,20 to 30,while others have gone the other way,30 to 20,so they can lift them easier! Youroo!!
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Since height is the only difference between the two, I see a few things that may need to change. Is the line from trailer to tank long enough ? New cover...depending on what you have already and the Hold Down Rod in the center...is it tall enough. All these are easily purchased at RV dealers and some stores. Thinking of doing the same to my Cherokee this spring. It came with the 20# cyl (2). and it may be moving to an acreage this summer and I'd like more capacity.
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Old 01-15-2018, 03:01 PM   #4
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Hi TheWolfPaq82 It seems you know where I am in this process. Setting up Vibe for Dry Camping in the front yard of the family OLD Property home. We have a flat spot but no water close. no power and as it seems to be the most problem no waste dumps. Pray for US. As for the other, the hose is long enough but the tie-down rod may be short. But that is not a Problem.

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Old 01-15-2018, 03:12 PM   #5
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No problems other than the height difference.

I'll throw out another suggestion... if moving to acreage where you might be for a while, have your local propane supply company set you up with a 100# tank. You can connect it in right along with your existing tanks and not have to buy additional tanks or change anything.
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100 is ok but later.

That is an option. Also I was thinking of dropping a 30-50 amp service over to the area. There is a 600 Tank at the house but about 75 yards from the prospected site. I think that would be a long run for the Propane. But there is still the issue with Water and Black Tanks. I Guess I want it all. Grin. House was started in 1831. Plumbing started in the 40's so Issues are common place for ME.
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If you are going to have a permanent place, you should be able to get a larger tank that is separate from the camper and the propane company will come and fill it.
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Ours came with dual 30s but I replaced them with dual 20s. We do a lot of traveling and it is so very easy to exchange the 20s. You can do it just about anywhere. The 30s are so heavy and trying to find a place to fill them was a pain. You have a bit less hitch weight with the 20s as well. I'm glad we made the switch.
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When we bought our trailer our SOB had 30 lb tanks and the new-to-us Rockwood had 20s. There was more the the swap than just height, though: the threaded rods between the tanks that secures them to the platform were different diameters. And one had the nut welded onto the bottom of the platform, so we couldn't just swap rods. A trip to a nearby hardware store took care of that.
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That is an option. Also I was thinking of dropping a 30-50 amp service over to the area. There is a 600 Tank at the house but about 75 yards from the prospected site. I think that would be a long run for the Propane. But there is still the issue with Water and Black Tanks. I Guess I want it all. Grin. House was started in 1831. Plumbing started in the 40's so Issues are common place for ME.
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75 yards shouldn't be a problem. You should dig the pipe in underground. Use of 3/4 inch copper line should be good enough. The regulator on the tank will be fine, but you will still need to adapt the line to your LP regulator on the trailer. Your gas supplier will gladly help you set it up properly and test it.

The company I had worked for had a 1000 gal LP tank located 150 ft from the nearest 125,000btu gas unit heater, with 2 others plus a 5000btu garage heater on the same 1 inch line. Total gas line run was 250 ft.
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Since height is the only difference between the two, I see a few things that may need to change. Is the line from trailer to tank long enough ? New cover...depending on what you have already and the Hold Down Rod in the center...is it tall enough. All these are easily purchased at RV dealers and some stores. Thinking of doing the same to my Cherokee this spring. It came with the 20# cyl (2). and it may be moving to an acreage this summer and I'd like more capacity.
I purchased threaded rod from the hardware store. It took me 10 minutes to convert to 30#.
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That is an option. Also I was thinking of dropping a 30-50 amp service over to the area. There is a 600 Tank at the house but about 75 yards from the prospected site. I think that would be a long run for the Propane. But there is still the issue with Water and Black Tanks. I Guess I want it all. Grin. House was started in 1831. Plumbing started in the 40's so Issues are common place for ME.
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A thought on the black-grey issue... Since it sounds like you will be near a house, this might work... Take a look at the Sewer Solution from Valtera. It's a water jet macerator. You can buy the end part that connects to your trailer and get one or more 3/4" hoses from HD or Lowes. As long as you aren't going up-hill more than a foot or two, you can dump up to 200+ feet away into a septic system...
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