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Old 08-25-2015, 04:32 PM   #1
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My propane tank is gone!!

Got my interstate back from getting the camera fixed last week and I looked underneath today after reading about the generator topic and how it is difficult to change the oil.. As I peaked under there to see where my drain plug was I was shocked by all this space.. I couldn't figure out right away what was missing but soon realized that my tank was gone..

After calling the service department and talking to the manager and getting a less than warm response, he acted as if I was asking for one of his kidneys.. He said he would have to investigate.. We shall see how it pans out but I have a feeling I will be buying a new tank and never using that dealership again...
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Old 08-25-2015, 05:09 PM   #2
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Were they working in the area of the tank? Possible it had to removed for access and they forget to put it back. QC is a problem everywhere these days. Was the unit strored a secure area or simply parked in an open lot? Two sides to every story. I hope yours ends satisfactorily.
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Old 08-25-2015, 05:42 PM   #3
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There is no reason why the ASME propane tank would have to be removed to do any work on the rearview camera.

There is also no way the tank could have simply fallen off. Between the propane lines coming from the fill port and going to the appliances and the bolts fastening it to the vehicle's frame, it should be pretty securely attached, and an 18-gallon propane tank falling off a Sprinter van would get anyone's attention.

Since it didn't just fall off, and didn't need to be removed for the work that was done, but was removed at some point, it was stolen. Period. Treat it as such.

So assuming the propane tank was stolen off the van, the next questions are when and where. When was the last time you used propane? Or had the tank filled, if you filled it since you last used it? You need to know when was the last time you knew it was there for the police report and insurance claim.

And did you photograph the propane lines that used to go to the tank to see if they were cut, broken, or unfastened? How it came to be disconnected from the fill port and the line running to the appliances may not tell you who did it, but at present you really have no other evidence than that so it probably is best to get photos.

Also, file a police report AND an insurance claim. Forget about trying to deal with the dealer yourself over this. Let the police and insurance adustor do it.
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Old 08-25-2015, 06:51 PM   #4
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Protag. Just when I get use to calling tanks cylinders, you go back to calling them tanks Sorry to here this Mjgman. I hope things work out. Go camping after you get your cylinder replaced, and all will be forgotten.
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:15 PM   #5
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It had to of been stolen at the dealer.. The manager says that's impossible " we have cameras and motion sensors".. The last time I used it is on our last trip then it was put back into a locked garage and it would have been very apparent if someone broke in.. Then I took it to the dealer..

So either it was a technician working on the wrong coach and possibly ruined the tank and didn't want to get in trouble.. It was stolen or they are running an insurance scam.. Take my tank off, I file a claim and they get another service fee paid by the insurance to install a new tank..

I think I'm more upset at how the manager was so matter of fact about the situation and a bit rude..

I guess the lesson here is:

Check the whole coach over with the service advisor inside and out and under.. Both sign off that everything is there..

Who thinks to check for a propane tank?? Too crazy!!

I'll let you all know what happens..
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:45 PM   #6
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Good grief, looks like I need to lock my tanks up, another key on the key chain to memorize and fumble with.
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:05 PM   #7
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Hopefully whoever took it, disconnected it rather than just cutting the lines as that would necessitate running new lines. I've always been a little dubious of using soft copper lines in a high vibration environment which leads to work hardening.
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:29 PM   #8
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I would think it would be very difficult to steal the tank while the AI is on the ground. It is difficult to get under the home in that area, you would have very limited room to work, and I would wonder if the tank would slide out from under the AI given the height from the ground to the lower body molding. Somebody would first have to know you even have a tank in that location and then know how to unhook everything so you didn't blow yourself up.
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Old 08-25-2015, 11:26 PM   #9
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What's the name of this place so we can avoid it?
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Old 08-25-2015, 11:35 PM   #10
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Agree. Name of dealer?
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Old 08-25-2015, 11:43 PM   #11
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Protag. Just when I get use to calling tanks cylinders, you go back to calling them tanks Sorry to here this Mjgman. I hope things work out. Go camping after you get your cylinder replaced, and all will be forgotten.
It is an ASME tank. It's a built-in on an Interstate. DoT cylinders are removable. Which makes it stranger that it was stolen, because someone had to get underneath to remove it. The fact that it's an ASME tank also means that it will be more expensive to replace than just buying a new one. It will have to be installed by an RVIA-certified technician. Thus my recommendation that an insurance claim be filed, which will probably require a police report.
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Old 08-26-2015, 06:58 AM   #12
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I really think that a tech made a mistake and didn't want to get in trouble.. The odds are pretty good that I might not be going on a trip for several months and not realize it was missing until I go to fill it back up ( that would have been a real shocker) like I said who checks underneath on a regular basis.. I only happened to check because of the generator thread...

It is a dealership in Nakomis Fl. Just north of Venice, they are a Roadtrek dealer.. I took it to them because they are closer to me than the Airstream Dealer and the camera was out of warranty and under the extended.. I've used them before with my last coach but I certainly will never use them again...

I can accept mistakes and I am a pretty reasonable person, but when someone won't even own up to their mistakes and not really offer any solutions then I know they are not ones to do business with..
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What did the police and insurance have to say on this matter?
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Not related to the OP's troubles but I have twin 30 lb. aluminum tanks on my trailer.
I always remove them and store them inside with the curtains closed when I lock up and leave.
You just never know...
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