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Old 09-01-2013, 11:00 PM   #1
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easy way to secure propane tanks on tongue?

The stock setup for the 20# propane tank on our Jayco 1007 is kind of a pain. The tank(s) sit on two parallel angle brackets that have holes drilled to mate with the holes in the collar around the base of the tank. The tanks are secured with short bolts and nuts or wing nuts. But it's not easy to get at those bolts, and it's especially hard to get a wrench on the inboard one as it's right up against the bulge of the tank bottom and you practically have to lie on your back to see it. Having to remove two of 'em to refill the tank, and then put thread lock on 'em each time to prevent their vibrating off in transit, can get pretty tiresome. Does anyone have a better way? The dealer told me about something Coleman made called tank hangers, which was kind of a tensioning rod that hooked over the top of the tank, but apparently they're not made anymore.
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Old 09-02-2013, 01:54 AM   #2
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I picked up a set of coleman J hooks on ebay. There might still be some there. It was still a pain to take the tanks on and off, so I picked up a double tank base with bracket from a localRV dealer and just bolted it on just behind the tongue jack. I like having the double tanks, and its a breeze to attach an d unattached the tanks when needed.
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Same issue for me Rapidly.
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The stock setup for the 20# propane tank on our Jayco 1007 is kind of a pain. The tank(s) sit on two parallel angle brackets that have holes drilled to mate with the holes in the collar around the base of the tank. The tanks are secured with short bolts and nuts or wing nuts. But it's not easy to get at those bolts, and it's especially hard to get a wrench on the inboard one as it's right up against the bulge of the tank bottom and you practically have to lie on your back to see it. Having to remove two of 'em to refill the tank, and then put thread lock on 'em each time to prevent their vibrating off in transit, can get pretty tiresome. Does anyone have a better way? The dealer told me about something Coleman made called tank hangers, which was kind of a tensioning rod that hooked over the top of the tank, but apparently they're not made anymore.
Yep,
I struggle with the same thing.
I have replaced the nuts with wing nuts and lock washers so I don't need to use any tools. Haven't had any issue with loosening in transit.

I was thinking of going with the dual tank T-bracket. Just haven't looked at it yet. Also, could look at threaded rod on each side of tank with a bracket across the top. Kind of like the dual tank bracket, but modified for a single tank.

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When you are retired you have time to work on these things..... you guys got me thinking again about this. As Doug says .. is sure is a struggle when you want to top off the propane tank.

I found a site where a "lad" suggested using ratchet straps. I'm going to try it.
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I found a site where a "lad" suggested using ratchet straps. I'm going to try it.
Now that sounds like an easy and good thing to do. I'm gonna try it too, thanks muelldawg. Thanks to all others for input too!
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This is what I have for my setup... Works good.

My two propane tanks look like this under the pull over cover


I just drilled a hole down thru the wing nut and the frame and used a long shank lock...


Of course there is nothing you can save from thief if they have bolt cutters or dremel tools... All you can do is slow them down and maybe they will go after your neighbor camper instead of yours...

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This is what I have for my setup... Works good.

My two propane tanks look like this under the pull over cover


I just drilled a hole down thru the wing nut and the frame and used a long shank lock...


Of course there is nothing you can save from thief if they have bolt cutters or dremel tools... All you can do is slow them down and maybe they will go after your neighbor camper instead of yours...

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Great idea drilling a hole for a lock. I love these forums.
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Everything has a bad side however - The more locks you have the more keys you have to keep track of. I finally came up with keeping my spare keys for everything in my truck glove box. All the spares are all together on a key ring. My truck has the pushbutton key access ... I had to resort to a hacksaw myself on a couple of occasions...

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Update on ratchet straps: not so good; I was not able to get our single 20 pound tank as tight with ratchet straps as it is with the present 2 bolts on bottom of tank - It would wobble

I did find the "J hooks" arrangement on E-Bay for $29. It does not look that much quicker to unhook than the 2 bolts we have. And it seemed to be less secure. Their are plenty of other products but the additional weight, price, and exercise to fit them to our TT frame, make our 2 bolts seem less troublesome.
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