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Old 10-07-2015, 01:01 PM   #1
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Question How do you secure your LP bottle?

I don't like how my LP bottle is secured to my 184BH (single 20# tank). It is just two bolts and a nut. Even though the nuts are secured tight the bottle is still very wiggly because of the large holes at the bottom of the tank. I used a bungee cord to help hold it a little, but it looks bad. I'm also going to add a cover to the front for protection and looks. How does your tank secure to the trailer or are they all wiggly?
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:15 PM   #2
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First, "secured" means just that. Securely attached to the RV.


My old trailer had a band that wrapped around the tank with a nut&bolt to tighten the band. The band was welded to the tongue via some brackets.


The new trailer has two 30# tanks that are held down by a bar across the holes in the top collars. The bar is secured to the tongue by a threaded rod and wingnut.


Take your whole securing system apart and re-examine all the piece. Is anything broken? Missing? Bent?
Look at how the pieces interact when the threaded parts a operated. Re-read the manual for a picture of how the pieces are supposed to look and lock on the tank.


A few minutes of pondering the parts and attempts at re-assembly will reveal how it will work properly.
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There is nothing to my system to inspect. It is simply a tank sitting on the A-frame with two bolts going through the holes on the bottom of the tank. My manual has no diagram and this is all it says, there has to be a better way so it doesn't bounce around:


Secure the cylinder to the A-frame bracket using the bolts, nuts and washers provided.


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Then the answer is "you are missing some parts".


The propane bottle should be mechanically clamped in place. When you grab hold of it and shake, the whole trailer should move.


Do some googleing on "Propane Rack" and see what is supposed to be there.


At the least, there should be a ring or a series of arcs to keep the tank from sliding around and some form of clamp to hold it down.
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Old 10-07-2015, 02:48 PM   #5
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I have the same setup as you on my 228 jay feather and it wiggles too. The holes don't line up well so the tank don't sit flat. Very thin metal plate with two turn up sides that the tank sits on as well so i put a fresh spray of paint every time i change out the tank to keep the rust down.
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Old 10-07-2015, 03:22 PM   #6
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Ok, so you have the mounting plate.


There should be a pair of long bolts or threaded rod (over 20" each) with hooks that catch the collar that protects the valve. Nuts are tightened to hold the propane tank against the mounting plate.


What's missing?
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Old 10-07-2015, 04:06 PM   #7
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Here's a picture of a brand new one. It looks to be secured the same way as mine, just a couple bolts underneath. All the other pictures online look the same. And after taking a better look at it I'm not sure a cover will go on there either.
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Found a picture without the tank. The tank sits on those first two cross beams and each one has a hole in the middle to secure the bolt through the holes on the bottom of the tank. I hate to say it, but I don't think there is anything else from the factory. Just bad design. The tank won't fall off, but seem crazy to allow it to be wiggly on there.
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This may be what you're looking for.Single-Bottle Liquid Propane Gas Rack 2020-JR
$17.95 from etrailer.com
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Old 10-07-2015, 04:37 PM   #10
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I actually saw that as well. I'm not sure how I would secure it to the tongue though. I did find this picture of what looks like a couple battery hold down posts and a rubber strap holding down the tank. At least it would keep it from wobbling. On etrailer I found a more weather resistant rubber strap with a couple hooks. I may look at that as well. I just know my bungee cord will wear out quickly when exposed to the elements.
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