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Old 05-02-2019, 08:25 AM   #1
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loose propane bottles

have 2018 Escape 21, been camping several times and propane bottles always work themselves loose after a few miles. seems like bottom basket is wrong size, maybe too wide, I don't know? or, maybe bottoms of new tanks not flat, I recall checking that, think they are flat. Never had this problem in previous trailer, Casita.

was thinking of putting in rubber mat to secure bottom of tanks. anyone else have this problem, looking for suggestions. thanks :-)
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:39 AM   #2
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I installed some clear plastic automotive door trim on my bottle bottoms to prevent rust.
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They do work loose as you say. I think a rubber mat would stop or slow that down but I’d be a little concerned about trapped water. Maybe the door trim idea would be a better option. I go through some propane in a season so I’m refilling or changing tanks often enough that I keep things snugged up. I have a couple spare tanks so if I camp for a week or say 10 days, I’ll change out a tank for a full one so I’ve got the max on like when we leave for Osoyoos. Put a bungee on the bottom of your tank cover so it can’t blow off if you haven’t already done so. I
See at least one tank cover along I 80 just about every time I make the 800 mile round trip to Fort Wayne.
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:01 AM   #4
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yes, I know about keeping bungee attached, I recall funny story years ago on another forum about what happens when you don't use the bungee, paraphrasing " I hear a loud noise, look in the rear view mirror and see our propane cover 20' in the air behind the trailer" lols

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i trailered for 11 years before i got my 17--never thought about propane cover, never lost one, never knew about the bungee. my 2018 came with one! thanks, Escape.
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Old 05-02-2019, 12:30 PM   #6
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If the bottles are loose, most likely it’s because the large wing nut at the top of the all-thread that holds the brace that secures the bottles has backed off, perhaps from road vibrations.

This post about preventing the theft of your bottles, solves both the loosening and theft problems with one easy step.

Propane theft


You wouldn’t have to use the lock if you really don’t want to. A bolt and a wingnut would also work. Or a piece of bent wire close hanger, or whatever.
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Old 06-11-2019, 11:36 PM   #7
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I solved my problem with a small wood spacer between the bottom of the propane tank and retainer platform to space the tank in approximately 1". Apparently the retaining arm to hold the tanks at the top is not a good fit for the bottom of the tank platform.

Visualize a pair of shoes that are too large for your feet. You can put on more socks to snug them up, or they will be loose fitting no matter how tight you lace them up.

After I installed the wooden spacer, problem solved, propane tanks stay fixed solid, no getting loose like before.
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I found that my tanks were not factory mounted flush on the platform, they were at a slight angle and loose. I rebased the hold down and reset the tanks flush and repositioned the hold down to where it would tighten and the tanks were secure. We checked maybe another 3-4 new Escapes at the rally which had the same issue, loosen, reposition, and then retighten.
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I solved my problem with a small wood spacer between the bottom of the propane tank and retainer platform to space the tank in approximately 1". Apparently the retaining arm to hold the tanks at the top is not a good fit for the bottom of the tank platform.



Visualize a pair of shoes that are too large for your feet. You can put on more socks to snug them up, or they will be loose fitting no matter how tight you lace them up.



After I installed the wooden spacer, problem solved, propane tanks stay fixed solid, no getting loose like before.


Could you post a pic? I’m having trouble visualizing both your problem and your solution.
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:33 PM   #10
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sorry didn't post pic, trailer in storage approx 100 miles away, so may be awhile, but will try and remember to post pic soon, thanks

the problem doesn't require a pic, you fill the tanks, put them back in the rack, tighten the hold down screw, everything looks good, is nice and tight. down the road aways, they are loose again. that's the way it came from the factory, brand new, always a problem until I installed the wooden space, works for me, ymmv :-)
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