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Old 09-07-2005, 07:34 PM   #1
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I love the info I gleen from this site!! Seems like a great bunch of people here, too. I've been searching for, and can't find the info I need....so here goes!!
We have a '56 Overlander that when we got it, it had 1 30# tank...one was
missing. The 'strap' doesn't fit well, and I was wondering if it was suppossed
to have 20# tanks instead??
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Old 09-07-2005, 07:38 PM   #2
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I have two 20 pounders on my 63 overlander. They seem to last as long as I care to camp at one place and I can trade in tanks at lots of places more than I can get the aluminum 30 pounders on my 77 Soveriegn refilled.
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Old 09-07-2005, 07:43 PM   #3
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We have a '56 Overlander that when we got it, it had 1 30# tank...one was
missing. The 'strap' doesn't fit well, and I was wondering if it was suppossed
to have 20# tanks instead??
You probably should have two 30 pounders. The rod that holds the cross-bracket on top of the tanks, is adjustable. If you look at the bottom of the rod, you will find threads, and a nut to lengthen and shorten the rod to the proper length. At least, if it is still the way it was built.
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Old 09-07-2005, 09:03 PM   #4
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The Aluminum tanks are worth a lot more than the modern tanks, (about $80 difference), because they don't rust.
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Old 09-07-2005, 11:15 PM   #5
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Welcome!

As gesture to new member, it's not clear whether "strap" reference was to upper cross piece designed to hold tanks down, or bent metal ring-shaped sections to hold bottom of tank in place on frame, or if your trailer has some form of elastic or fabric strap/belt to hold tank in place...

Proper answer is you should eventually have a matching pair of tanks, same diameter and height, wither aluminum or steel/painted. The 20# versions are easier to lift and manuever, bigger lasts longer.. There should be threaded rod vertically between tanks, secured at bottom of frame, and with cross bar and nut above it to hold tanks down. System won't work to hold only a single tank. The rings at bottom of tanks on frame aren't designed to be tight fit, but just to hold tanks in general location while upper cross bar tightened down. If you have rubber or fabric hold-down strap, that is NOT OK for traveling...

You should also have regulator with pair of small hoses going to tanks, though prior owner (known here as PO..) might have switched to single tank regulator, if not planning to move trailer...

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Old 09-08-2005, 08:39 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone!! Sorry I didn't finish the description of the 'set-up'.
The 'strap' I referred to IS the cross bar mentioned and the threaded rod
seems to be attached permanantly at it's current height...seems like it isn't long
enough for the cross bar to sit level between two 30# tanks, so I thought I'd
ask what might have been standard. Another reason I ask is there is a furnace
in the trailer and question whether 20# tanks would have the capacity to last
very long with it in operation???
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You can get about 8 days out of a 30# tank, running furnace every night, with temps in low 50's, upper 40's, water heater running 24/7, a pot of coffee in the morning, cooking dinner at night.
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