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Old 01-20-2010, 04:20 PM   #15
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hey queen C'...

why not leverage your mate for this lifting thang back at the ranch ?

u could have him fill'em at home before any trips...

except for the dead o'winter travel,

it's very likely u could then go for weeks/months on 2 full bottles of gas...

then IF u need more propane during the trip a PARTIAL fill could work...

or u might try getting help from some of the guys in the park.

"say big boy, would you help me with my BIG tanks? "...

btw be sure to wear right tank top when u ask...

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then offer them a donut for the efforts.

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Old 01-20-2010, 09:05 PM   #16
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Tanks! As usual all good suggestions.

You'd think I could get propane filled at home.


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But you sure did take the disappointment out of having to go ask for assistance... hmmm.

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Old 01-20-2010, 09:08 PM   #17
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I was wondering how many have the larger propane bottles on their Airstreams and how they like them? Are they difficult or near impossible to take down and off to refill? I know I had trouble with the 30# tanks by myself. I am wondering if it is worthwhile to downsize the tanks or if they are in fact worth their weight in...well...propane. Convenient or inconvenient, that is the question and as far as hitch weight how has the extra weight made a difference. Also our tv is a Suburban and the tanks ride inside to be refilled, will these fit? Thanks.
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Don't down size! You will love the extra propane when it gets cold....
Yes they are harder to put back on the trailer but that's what guy's are for!
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:32 AM   #18
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The 40# tanks fit just fine on my Airstream.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:35 AM   #19
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The energy advantage verses the small increase in weight seems prudent and advantageous. I am so sold on the rationale that I am seriously considering earning extra income by selling 40# aluminum propane tanks!

Thanks guys, you done good by me.
Then you have to replace them with nearly as expensive one and the cover and hold down bar will no longer fit.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:25 PM   #20
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No No Michelle, I love them now!!!

You all have convinced me that I am very fortunate to have the large tanks. In fact you gave such rave reviews and convinced me so very thoroughly in how nice they actually are, that I am considering becoming a propane tank dealer and making money (aka commercial vendor) by selling larger tanks to every Airstreamer I can! (I'm kidding )

Besides I am going to look for those strong men...just in case.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:40 PM   #21
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Hello Carol.... We got 40 lb aluminum tanks and love them... Marvin would like a cover if anyone is wanting to sell one... it will be painted to match the Argosy...
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:17 PM   #22
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I missed this one Carol. I have 40's on the Sov and love em! With my crew and early/late season camping plus the 74 becomes the North Pole and wrapping center for X-mas, I burn through both 40's once a year.
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Thanks. All these comments are encouraging and informative. A tip to lighten the load if need be and why big tanks fend off frosting up and advice on transporting tanks. All good to know. Thank you all for your replies. Ahhh and to you fortunate Southerners, I have heard about the land where propane lasts a season, someday I hope to join you there and bask in the warmth.
Wow! Point me to this place! PLEASE

We've been in Mission, Texas since the first of December and we have gone through a full 40 lb. tank and half.

While the weather this week has been quite nice, all that cold air that had you sitting on the heater grate the past few weeks had us running the furnace quite a bit and thinking how nice more insulation in the walls/ceiliing would be.

And, AFAIAC, 2air has it right. Kind of like an old friend of mine once said, "You can drive a fast car slow, but you cannot drive a slow car fast".

Go with the large tanks.

And Carol, I'm amazed that you would not be able to bat those lovely eye lashes and get some nice young man to assist with getting a "heavy" tank to/from the trailer/auto.

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40's and loving them

Handing those big tanks takes a talent I learned moving large (100 #) units farming. One never carried these but rolled them by handling them from the top and turning them to move them. Then to lift one,using ones leg to rotate the mass on it's center, holding on to the top and bottom, and slide it into it's bracket. It takes a little practice but for a man, not a big thing. Just don't drop them. A two wheel cart is a fine tool too but do it safely.

PS: I've only taken off one tank to fill in six years!
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Wow! Point me to this place! PLEASE

We've been in Mission, Texas since the first of December and we have gone through a full 40 lb. tank and half.

While the weather this week has been quite nice, all that cold air that had you sitting on the heater grate the past few weeks had us running the furnace quite a bit and thinking how nice more insulation in the walls/ceiliing would be.

And, AFAIAC, 2air has it right. Kind of like an old friend of mine once said, "You can drive a fast car slow, but you cannot drive a slow car fast".

Go with the large tanks.

And Carol, I'm amazed that you would not be able to bat those lovely eye lashes and get some nice young man to assist with getting a "heavy" tank to/from the trailer/auto.

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Fred that is good to know, I will try to negotiate fills onboard. I do so appreciate every one's input, but most of all Norsea's.

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I was wondering how many have the larger propane bottles on their Airstreams and how they like them? Are they difficult or near impossible to take down and off to refill? I know I had trouble with the 30# tanks by myself. I am wondering if it is worthwhile to downsize the tanks or if they are in fact worth their weight in...well...propane. Convenient or inconvenient, that is the question and as far as hitch weight how has the extra weight made a difference. Also our tv is a Suburban and the tanks ride inside to be refilled, will these fit? Thanks.
They were standard on our trailer and from my experience with my previous TT with 30#ers, I am glad I have them. You go through LP quickly when it is cold. I am not much stronger than your average Little girl and I can handle them by myself. I'm glad they're aluminum however. If the going gets tough, I have my wife lift them.
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Went out to see if I could remove the tank for refill and I couldn't even raise the tank cover, albeit it is windy but I am not tall enough to hold it over my head from one side and clear the tall tanks to remove it and not risk it easily getting away from me from such a small and remote holding point. I can just about forget about lifting the filled tanks so onto another question and plan...

Can I reasonably expect to fill my propane tanks without removing them from the Airstream? Does anyone do that?
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Carol,

When we were in Quartszite early this year, I had one tank filled off of the trailer and one filled on the trailer. A propane distributor should have no problem, after all the tanks on motorhomes are not easily removable.

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Went out to see if I could remove the tank for refill and I couldn't even raise the tank cover, albeit it is windy but I am not tall enough to hold it over my head from one side and clear the tall tanks to remove it and not risk it easily getting away from me from such a small and remote holding point. I can just about forget about lifting the filled tanks so onto another question and plan...

Can I reasonably expect to fill my propane tanks without removing them from the Airstream? Does anyone do that?
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