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Old 11-12-2006, 10:26 AM   #1
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See through propane tanks

Has anyone ever tried one of these tanks?

I found them for as low as $79.00. They are lighter than steel tanks,cheaper than aluminum and made in Tenn by the Lite Cylinder Co.
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Old 11-12-2006, 10:30 AM   #2
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wow i like those --------------
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They look really cool! With thoese colors, you could make a real fashion statement on the front of your Airstream.
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How about blue? Anyone actually used one of these?
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wonder how they hold up in a fire?

or road debris such as a rock?

are they DOT approved?

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The fire test video was most impressive. It seems that the propane leaked out thru the tank skin and was burned, rather than blowing up. I wonder if the plastic cover that seems to be used over the composite tanks would affect the burn characteristics.

I wonder if the available 20 lb. tank is of the standard height and diameter of steel tanks or aluminium tanks. If not they may not fit properly on the trailer tongue and especially not under a tank cover. I wonder when a 30 lb. version will be available.
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:07 AM   #8
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I did some more digging... They are DOT approved and do come in a 33 LB version that can be used vertically or horizontally. The 20 lb seems to be standard size the 33 lb is designed for forklifts and chemical applications but can be used upright.
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I just looked the manufacture's website. These things could become all the rage in the RV community. Just think, you will finally know for sure how much LP is really left in that tank.

I noticed that the company is in Franklin, Tennessee. Maybe a member in the Nashville area can swing by there and check it out further.
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Has anyone ever tried one of these tanks?

I found them for as low as $79.00. They are lighter than steel tanks,cheaper than aluminum and made in Tenn by the Lite Cylinder Co.
Interesting idea. The only reason I personally wouldn't purchase them is because they won't polish as nicely as the aluminum tanks do!
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These tanks do look very interesting. Has anyone seen anything about expected livetime of the cylinders. Also expansion and contaction affects on live.
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one would need to be careful with forklift tanks since they have a vapor and liquid valve.

could make for some interesting cooking sessions!

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We will probably have those answers tomorrow, as I emailed them for relevent info for our particular use.
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... The 20 lb seems to be standard size the 33 lb is designed for forklifts and chemical applications but can be used upright.
FWIW, forklift LPG cylinders use different gas fittings for connections than standard gas cylinders.

I don't much care for those see-through gas bottles ; What fun would camping be without wondering if you have enough gas to make it through the night?

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