Post by Shastaholics on Feb 3, 2013 11:31:41 GMT -5
I was looking at dual 5 gallon tanks for my loflyte. I'm trying to lighten the tounge load as I will already have two batteries stored on the tounge inside a diamond plate box. Has anyone else used these tanks? Besides saving all that weight, I am thinking they would look pretty nice too. I am just cooking one to two meals a day and will run a propane shower off of it for two people. Any math wizards out there that can guess roughly, how long the gas would last ? Thanks!
Hamlet (a Compact) has one of the BBQ sized tanks - I think it's 20#. We have one deep-cycle battery, both mounted on the tongue. We have taken him out for as long as three weeks, cooking twice daily, showers, light and maybe tea and popcorn in the evening. We never ran out of gas. I can't imagine needing anything more. Aside from that, there was never a time that we were more than an hour or two from somewhere that we could refill the tank if we needed to.
Post by Shastaholics on Feb 3, 2013 21:08:47 GMT -5
I was thinking two 20 gallon tanks seem to be overkill and alot of extra weight. One battery will probably do the trick too. We are planning a two month trip this summer and don't want to load up the old Shasta too much.
That's right universal - propane tanks are measured in pounds of capacity, not gallons. The only reasons for two tanks and two batteries is if you are planning on using the trailer as a bug-out shelter or are using it as your permanent dwelling for an extended period of time.
If you could post a picture of the propane set up that you have, it would help.
As for painting the propane tanks, there are no issues with painting them....HOWEVER, do not paint the values. Just mask them off with some painters tape.
Also, if the tanks are old and haven't been used in a while, take them to a fill station and have them checked out. The tanks are only rated to be used for a certain time limit ( has to do with the welded seams) and the valves may need to be updated.