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Old 11-29-2018, 04:57 PM   #1
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Viking composite propane tank tray.

Hi all,


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My wife and I have ordered a new 17B and we are looking to minimize weight. An easy and effective weight reduction that I see is switching to composite propane tanks (Viking). Lighter tank and it seems many people go forward just keeping one tank full since it's easy to see what's left.



After searching this forum, it seems there's one or more people that have made this upgrade. My question is what was done for the tank tray? Was it changed to the Viking tray they recommend or was the original tray modified?


I'm hoping to have Escape just use the Viking tray during the build but I'm getting some resistance.

Thanks in advance for any comments,



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Old 11-29-2018, 05:18 PM   #2
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I remember maybe 10 years ago switching to fg propane tanks and then they were taken off the market for some reason. That said, saving tongue weight on an Escape may cause sway issues so it is a double edge sword so to speak. But the tray, that is metal and subject to rust and allowing the tanks to rust, perhaps a switch to a fg tray could address that component?
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Old 11-29-2018, 05:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply.


The previous generation of tanks were recalled as you say and also from what I've found online. The Viking ones are a different company and newer/different design so hopefully no recalls in the future but who knows.



The tray itself is metal I think. It's different from a standard tray in that it's made to fit the wider bottom of the composite tanks compared to a standard propane tank.


We are going with the front storage box as well so I don't imagine we'll have tongue weight issues but that's definitely something for us to keep in mind.
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Old 11-29-2018, 06:26 PM   #4
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A little secret here, purchase some automotive clear door edge and cut off 6x3" pieces and install on the tanks bottom. Should keep the rust away...............
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Old 11-29-2018, 06:33 PM   #5
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My tray is ten years old. I don't expect it to rust through for another thirty years.
I'd also be concerned about reducing tongue weight.
Given that it's under a tank cover, I have no aesthetic issues.
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Old 11-29-2018, 07:29 PM   #6
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Now I actually see how the tray is mounted. Thanks gbaglo! That's useful as I wasn't sure how easy/hard it would be to replace a tray but it seems like it could be done without requiring any new holes in the frame.



Will likely hold off for now then and see how things pan out with the trailer packed for the road before making any change. There doesn't seem to be any advantage to having the composite tray installed from the beginning.
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With in a month of taking delivery of our trailer I adjusted the location of the batteries and the tanks. When I removed the 4 screws that held the tray down I found what is pictured below. It was not unexpected as I know someone on the forum has had some tray bolts disintegrate.

It looks to me that they place the tray on the tongue, drilled the holes, then did not remove the tray to clean the filings or add paint/sealer before screwing it down.

It is not the end of the world, but if you have an older trailer you might want to check it out.
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With in a month of taking delivery of our trailer I adjusted the location of the batteries and the tanks. When I removed the 4 screws that held the tray down I found what is pictured below. It was not unexpected as I know someone on the forum has had some tray bolts disintegrate.

It looks to me that they place the tray on the tongue, drilled the holes, then did not remove the tray to clean the filings or add paint/sealer before screwing it down.

It is not the end of the world, but if you have an older trailer you might want to check it out.
I found the same thing some time ago, but mine was a bit worse because I'd had the trailer for over 2 years at the time. I wire brushed off the rust, spot painted it with a gloss black with rust inhibitor, swapped out the screws for stainless ones, and before putting them back in, applied a bit of TremPro 651. It's basically butyl in a caulk tube.

Probably overkill, but at least I know the A-frame rails won't be weakened over time by rust from those holes.

Ideally, I'd have preferred them using U-bolts to attach the tray rather than drilling holes in the frame, but it is what it is.
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Old 11-29-2018, 09:57 PM   #9
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I don't have a picture … but my tank cover, where it rests on the trailer "A" frame, has chaffed through the frame paint to bare metal. Of course it is rusty and a fix here is on my "to do" list when I can re-join my trailer.


I'll probable sand that area of the frame and repaint. To keep it from happening again, I'll likely glue down some kind of wear strip.

Also I doubt very much if having FB tanks VS Metal tanks will make any difference at all on a '17'...… '17's' tend to get tongue heavy very easily …. or at least my "A Lister" version does. I have to pay attention to keep my tongue from getting too heavy.

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Old 11-29-2018, 10:03 PM   #10
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While we are on the topic of propane tanks, I have found my propane rubber pigtails severly cracked and much in need of replacing. Looking on Amazon, I find stainless steel wrapped12" pigtails and 24" pigtails. Will the 12" pigtails be long enough? My trailer lives out of state and I can't measure.

Thanks ahead for any help!

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