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Old 10-06-2005, 06:46 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I recently bought a '77 Excella that came without the LP bottles. I believe this trailer originally had the 30lb units.

Does anyone know if the 40lb bottles will fit OK?

I got the dimensions from Worthington's website and made a cardboard cutout of a 40lb bottle (30 is the same size, just shorter) that I could put up to see. It looks to me like it'd clear the arc made by the front window swinging open by a few inches. Is that enough? Is a lot extra required to clear the regulator? Has anyone else done this? Any guidance would be appreciated.

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Old 10-06-2005, 06:52 PM   #2
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I am pretty sure the 40# tanks should fit, at worst you may have to extend the rod that holds the tanks down. Mine is long enough for the 40's. The regulator on my unit hangs down kind of between the tanks to there is no problem with clearance. nI have also considered moving the tank rack further out closer to the jack which would help clear the front window cover.

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You can change the position of your regulator with longer hoses. You might also want to think about getting the kind you can take off the bottle without tools. They tighten by hand. You also may have to install a longer hold down rod.
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Old 10-06-2005, 07:57 PM   #4
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Thank you for your replies. I'm going to try and find a real 40lber to set on there. I think it will work out fine.

Wahoonc, are those the 40lb bottles on the little picture by your name? They look taller than standard. Looks like they fit fine.

Bradjun1, the polish finish on the trailer in your little picture by your name looks absolutely beautiful. I hope to make mine look like that some day.

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Old 10-06-2005, 08:07 PM   #5
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Wahoonc, are those the 40lb bottles on the little picture by your name? They look taller than standard. Looks like they fit fine.

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Jim,
That is a stock avatar...looks alot better than my trailer at the moment I have 30#ers on mine and during the winter I put a couple of 100# tanks out there


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That is not a stock avatar. That's our new poilsh job!! Just finished it last month. There ae more pictures posted in our gallery. It took about 100 hrs to complete. Brad
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The 40s might just fit. The aluminum bottles that probably were original with your unit were likely 30s, but the aluminum bottles that I've dealt with also have taller collars than the steel bottles; hence, the hold-down rod on these Airstreams was longer than rods with steel-bottle rigs. (Not knowing that, I stupidly shortened the rod on ours years ago. Another one of those for the really-dumb-things-that-Lynn-has-done pile.)

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I'm sure the originals were 30# but the 40# should fit with no major work. I have to say I never ran low even with the twin 30's. Good Luck Brad
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My avatar shows the larger bottles on the front of a 24ft 1978 Argosy. No trouble with them at all.
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Hi Everyone,

I recently bought a '77 Excella that came without the LP bottles. I believe this trailer originally had the 30lb units.

Does anyone know if the 40lb bottles will fit OK?

I got the dimensions from Worthington's website and made a cardboard cutout of a 40lb bottle (30 is the same size, just shorter) that I could put up to see. It looks to me like it'd clear the arc made by the front window swinging open by a few inches. Is that enough? Is a lot extra required to clear the regulator? Has anyone else done this? Any guidance would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Jim
Jim,
My '77 Excella has 40 lb. Aluminum tanks.
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Jim,
That is a stock avatar...looks alot better than my trailer at the moment I have 30#ers on mine and during the winter I put a couple of 100# tanks out there


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That's quite the pair you have Aaron.
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I recently went to look at an Airstream for sale with 40# tanks, they cleared the rock guard with no problem.
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