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Old 11-30-2004, 11:00 AM   #1
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Just about to order some new Worthington Alum tanks but what size?? The trailer is a 20' Globetrotter, DuoTherm furnace (orig), Magic Chief 4 burner stove with oven (orig), 10 Gal hot water tank (orig), amd a new fridge (under counter style 3cf or so). The trailer had white 20#ers on it but they are out of date. Do you think 20's are enough or should I go with 30's.

with normal use I realize not all items are used at the same time but we are taking a 2-3 month trip 14,000 miles and don't want to allways have to fill the tanks. But they would be filled before going to remote places.

So what size??

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Old 11-30-2004, 11:17 AM   #2
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Hi,

Just about to order some new Worthington Alum tanks but what size?? The trailer is a 20' Globetrotter, DuoTherm furnace (orig), Magic Chief 4 burner stove with oven (orig), 10 Gal hot water tank (orig), amd a new fridge (under counter style 3cf or so). The trailer had white 20#ers on it but they are out of date. Do you think 20's are enough or should I go with 30's.

with normal use I realize not all items are used at the same time but we are taking a 2-3 month trip 14,000 miles and don't want to allways have to fill the tanks. But they would be filled before going to remote places.

So what size??

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The price difference between 20lb and 30lb Worthington tanks is minimal, but you earn 50% more propane to take along.
2 considerations:
1- you will load your tongue weight a bit more than before, even after the weight savings of the aluminum tanks over the steel tanks.
2- make sure your attachment hardware will work for the taller tanks. Or be prepared to spend more money on new hold-down hardware.

I would prefer the 2 larger tanks, if given the choice.
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Old 11-30-2004, 11:18 AM   #3
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Depends mostly on the amount of time you will be using the furnace. The other propane items are quite frugal in their requirements.

I have 30# tanks now, but I travelled with twin 20# tanks for many years and never had to refill more than about 2 or maybe 3 tanks a year (and I use the trailers a lot).

The only thing nice about 30# tanks is that if it is furnace season, I don't have to rush to get a refill. I can wait for a Flying J to get a better price.
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Tank size?

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Hi,

Just about to order some new Worthington Alum tanks but what size?? The trailer is a 20' Globetrotter, DuoTherm furnace (orig), Magic Chief 4 burner stove with oven (orig), 10 Gal hot water tank (orig), amd a new fridge (under counter style 3cf or so). The trailer had white 20#ers on it but they are out of date. Do you think 20's are enough or should I go with 30's.

with normal use I realize not all items are used at the same time but we are taking a 2-3 month trip 14,000 miles and don't want to allways have to fill the tanks. But they would be filled before going to remote places.

So what size??

igor
I had the original 20 pound Worthington tanks on my '78 Minuet updated to OPD and recertified two years ago. If I were to buy new tanks for the coach, I wouldn't go with anything less than twin 30 pound tanks - - ideally, I would do an assessment to see if 40 pound tanks were a workable alternative. With the twin 30 pound tanks that I originally had on my Overlander, I had to refill them twice per season - - now with the 40 pound Worthingstons, I only refill once at the beginning of the season. The modest expense of upgrading the hardware on the Overlander was a reasonable trade-off when compared to the inconvenience of finding LP while on the road in remote (off the Super-Highway Grid) locations. (The twin 20 pound Worthington tanks on my Minuet will generally carry the coach for four or five weeks of travel unless the furnace is being utilized then two weeks is the absolute maximum.) In fact where I live now you must make an appointment at least 48 hours in advance to have RV tanks filled unless you are willing to allow your tanks to remain unattended on their loading platform unitl they have the "time" to refill them - - there is only one place within 25 miles that will even service RV "portable" tanks.

Good luck with your research!

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Well I think I could wasely get a way with the 20#ers now but the 30's look better. As for the mounting I can go to 22" in height now but I just have to run some threads on a longer piece of round stock and I can run taller tanks ( orig mount with the tube up the center and the big aluminum "T" at the top for the hold down). Also the hoop on the frome is big enough for the diamiter of the tank foot. I may need a longer hose from the regulator to the hard copper line.

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