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Old 04-24-2013, 01:00 AM   #11
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If only yachts used this style of propane tank mount, there would be insanely expensive stainless steel mounting trays available...

How about pickup truck box liner coating, for the tank tray?
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:52 PM   #12
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You can always switch to two of these Lite Cylinder Transparent 20lb LP Tank
I'll have to see if tubing will fit.
I've looked at those fiberglass cylinders at a u-haul depot. They don't have the bottom retaining ring and only a plastic carrying handle so are not compatable with the existing propane tank retraining infrastructure used on otr vehicles. I haven't checked the aluminium cylinders but I suspect they are compatable.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:03 PM   #13
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We use two of the Lite Cylinders on our 17B SittEscape. The existing mounting brackets work fine, albeit need a little fiddling. Two seasons now and all is well. No rust, of course. Best of all, you can always see how much propane remains. I've even switched on my home barbecue so I always know how much fuel I have. Now, all three cylinders are interchangeable.

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Old 04-24-2013, 09:22 PM   #14
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They looked to be adaptable but I wasn't sure, glad to hear they can be substituted.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:11 AM   #15
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I use automotive door edge guard trim on the the bottom of the metal LP tanks. Such as :Cowles Products/Clear StyleGuard U-door edge molding (T3800) | Door Edge Molding | AutoZone.com_ A piece of rubber or plastic laid in the bottom of the tank tray can trap moisture resulting in more rust.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:55 PM   #16
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Well I have had time to digest all the excellent suggestions. I was very surprised at the response. Great posts all who responded.

Here is what I have done. I took a wire brush on my drill and went over all the rust spots on the propane holder. At the same time I brushed some of the more serious rust areas on the frame. I did not attempt to get down to bare metal, most of it was stain and surface rust anyway. After taping off areas to contain overspray I used a Rustoleum primer. With a primer you can over coat immediately and I used a Rustoleum flat black. I think the frame is actually a satin black but after drying it does not look bad. I did not paint everything and even though the paint is not a perfect match I beleive after one trip it will all be similar.

After this I took my three propane tanks (I have an extra) and wire brushed the very botton edges. I took a piece of cardboard and cut out a circle so it would fit over the base and stuck the inside of the cardboard circle in the base and the outside over the circular base. This allowed me to paint the very edges of the tanks. Here I did not use a primer but the Rustoleum claims it is acceptable to spray over rusty areas. The edges of the base of the tanks were a bit rusty but are now sealed.

As a final step I used some of the automotive door guard that Jubal recommended. It so happened I had some on hand. We will see how it holds up, if it fails I will search for a scrap truck tube to cut to fit the tray.

What surprised me in the whole process was how little rust showed on the tongue and what a whopping stain it made. I am convinced it came from the propane tray. The lesson to be learned is, if you are parked on newer driveway, check for rust.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:19 PM   #17
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Silly question - did you run multiple strips of the automotive door guard across the diameter of the bottom of the tanks and/or bend a strip around the circumference of the bottoms?
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:36 AM   #18
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A single strip that was easily bendable to fit the circumference. The strips come in two thicknesses; one was 7/16ths and the other thinner. I used the thinner but do not recall the exact dimension. They came two to a pack and I used one per tank. It was a five minute install; I used a rubber hammer when completed to tap it down. I believe there is some adhesive on the inside of the strips.

The tanks do fit more snug on the tray and do not move as readily. Time will be the test but for $4.00 US it would not be a big deal to replace in four years. I bought at AutoZone.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:41 AM   #19
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Things like this will soon be a thing of thing of the past!! (No more rust)
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:34 AM   #20
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We use two of the Lite Cylinders on our 17B SittEscape. The existing mounting brackets work fine, albeit need a little fiddling. Two seasons now and all is well. No rust, of course. Best of all, you can always see how much propane remains. I've even switched on my home barbecue so I always know how much fuel I have. Now, all three cylinders are interchangeable.

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Any pictures of your setup on the trailer? I'm especially interested in the interface at the bottom of the fiberglass tank and the tray. Does the 17B use a propane tank tray with a raised edge tank retaining ring? Are you using the 20 lb fiberglass tanks?
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