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Old 02-14-2011, 07:49 AM   #1
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Amazon Propane tanks

Is there any reason I shouldn't be considering this option for my AS?

I'm really new to this, just got a 64 Overlander, and let the rusted out old tanks with the PO.

Amazon.com: Worthington 297297 33-Pound Aluminum Forklift Propane Cylinder With Gauge And Fill Valve: Patio, Lawn & Garden
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:54 AM   #2
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I may be wrong, but I believe these tanks have to be horizontal. Sal.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:11 AM   #3
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From Vintage Trailer Supply:

30 Lb. (7.1 Gallon) Vertical Aluminum LP Tank

Or watch for a set of used ones.
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:48 AM   #4
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Forklift cylinders are set up for liquid withdrawal and will not work properly for trailer use. The 1 1/4" acme valve threads won't fit the 1 5/16" on the regulator on your trailer, by design.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:44 PM   #5
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Forklift cylinders are set up for liquid withdrawal and will not work properly for trailer use. The 1 1/4" acme valve threads won't fit the 1 5/16" on the regulator on your trailer, by design.
That's what I was looking for. I don't know who owns Vintage trailer supply, but by the time I'm done accumulating the order, I expect his kids to send me a thank you note when they finish college.
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:14 PM   #6
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That's what I was looking for. I don't know who owns Vintage trailer supply, but by the time I'm done accumulating the order, I expect his kids to send me a thank you note when they finish college.
Not sure why you say this. The forklift tank on amazon was listed at 149.95 and the proper tank on VTS is $157.00. All alum. tanks are expensive. You could go with much cheaper steel tanks and cover them.
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Most Fork lift tank come with two ports. One for liquid and the other for vapor. If it has both ports, just remove the liquid valve and plug it. Install a Vapor valve, the new tri handle, and now you have a tank that can be used vertically.
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Old 02-14-2011, 02:39 PM   #8
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Not sure why you say this. The forklift tank on amazon was listed at 149.95 and the proper tank on VTS is $157.00. All alum. tanks are expensive. You could go with much cheaper steel tanks and cover them.
I'm not begrudging VTS. Love those guys and they provide a great service. I just wanted to save money where I can. Amazon is not charging me shipping on top of a slightly cheaper price. I wanted someone to tell me why VTS was the right way to go. I'd rather go with the right solution, and I wanted aluminum tanks.
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Or, there's a 40-pounder. Keeps you away from the popane dealer longer!
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The forklift tank has a gauge which is a $70 option at VTS. It would be great to know if they did work.
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The forklift tank has a gauge which is a $70 option at VTS. It would be great to know if they did work.
That was something I was wondering as well.
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Yeah, if you look at various tanks, you'll find top-output (meaning vapor) and bottom-output (meaning liquid). Forklift tanks are bottom-output. Bad news for RVs, bbqs, and the like.

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Forklift tanks are meant to be used horizontally. If installed vertically, the float gauge will not work.

They are a commodity product manufactured and sold in much larger quantities than the relatively specialized vertical aluminum tanks we use.
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The forklift tank has a gauge which is a $70 option at VTS. It would be great to know if they did work.
they work. I have had them for five years in both 30 and 40 lb tanks.
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