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Old 05-08-2016, 09:43 AM   #1
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Anyone using 30 gal propane tanks ? How about four 6 volt batteries ?
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Old 05-08-2016, 12:04 PM   #2
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Nope, but I get that little extra propane reserve with my 10 # tank, so 50, not 60.

I get my back-up, separate battery bank, with two 12's and a battery switch.

Redundancy is nice to have but weight considerations do start to come into play also.

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Old 05-08-2016, 04:20 PM   #3
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Do you really mean 30 gallons? That's a lot propane - the same size as the tank in my 37-foot motorhome. My guess is that you mean 30-pound. Common 30-pound portable cylinders (tanks) have the same diameter as the stock 20-pound tanks, so to use them you just need a taller cover (assuming that you want to use a cover), and likely a longer threaded rod in the hold-down clamp.

30-pound capacity tanks are about 7 pounds heavier than 20-pound capacity tanks (each), plus there's the propane, so the full combination of two tanks is about 34 pounds more (111 pounds instead of 77 pounds)... which means about 30 pounds more tongue weight on the hitch. This is fine if you are not running short of hitch weight capacity in the tow vehicle.
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Old 05-08-2016, 04:37 PM   #4
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Battery location details will vary by model.

There has been at least two discussions of using four batteries:
Solar considerations on a 21; Where to locate Batteries
AC/DC Refrigerators (an electric-only refrigerator is probably the most common reason to consider very high battery capacity; the four-battery discussion starts about post #43 of this thread)
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Old 05-08-2016, 05:27 PM   #5
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Thanks. Will research. Yep thinking 30 lb high polished aluminum without the cover and a diamond plate box on the tongue for tools and a 2000i generator. Also thinking of applying diamond plate on the front as a rockguard. Oh yeah can't forget the pink flamingo :-)
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Old 05-08-2016, 06:47 PM   #6
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If you want to start with a full 20# propane tank do not use tanks from a propane exchange. For your safety and the convenience of not having to lift 20# of propane, they only fill them with 15#. Just Google propane exchange ripoff if you are uncertain. I believe all the locations now selling out of those outside store racks are watching out for you by only selling you 15#.

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Old 05-08-2016, 06:53 PM   #7
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Yep. Best place I have found to fill up is U-HAUL you pay for what you get. Lots of places over charge.
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:36 PM   #8
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Costco in our area sells propane, but you have to lug the canister to them. They have remarkably low prices and sell by the gallon in tenths. I've filled at propane distributors that let you leave the tanks in place. The dreaded Camping World has a discount one day of the week for members, but even that price is higher than most other places. I have an inline gauge I bought on line, and someone else suggested using a hand held luggage scale, but I can't remember what a full tank is supposed to weigh, or an empty one, for that matter.
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The empty tank weight ( TARE ) is stamped on the tank.
I buy my propane by the pound. So, a full tank is the Tare weight plus 20 lbs.
Not sure how you add a Tare weight and gallons.
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Tractor Supply charges by the 10th of a gallon. 2 empty tanks yesterday, each took 4.6 gal.
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