Post by 1958 Shasta "Penny" on Aug 16, 2013 12:00:48 GMT -8
I would like to copy this idea (see pic below), and I found a neat-o cooler that I might could do this with. HOWEVER the tank I have is just a bit too tall and the top cover won't close. I have no idea how propane systems work (yet) since all trailer stuff is newb to me. A 4.25 pound tank might work possibly but I would have to order one, and would that be enough propane to use on a trip.
So, my question is....can you just store a propane tank like this on its' side while on the road or while not in use. Then when you get ready to set-up at the site, take it out, then plug it in to use it?
Thanks for an education on this topic!
Last Edit: Aug 21, 2013 12:14:53 GMT -8 by Nomad: Updated Image link
Ummm...well, as an offshore production operator and one who lives with the dangers of hydrocarbons, I cannot stress enough that having a propane tank in a closed box with a 12V battery is a BAD IDEA. Think about it. Battery gives of Hydrogen also, and if a leak develops in your propane line, valve or tank, then you have an ignition source sitting inches away. Just my two cents worth of advice...
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I think that I would sooner suggest using a modern (*shudder*) propane tank cover. Even if it is 100% safe to do so, you have one more thing to do when it comes to setup and teardown, if the tank cannot ride upright and hooked up. Coolers do make great storage/haulage containers, but there are a lot of other choices.
Another choice that comes to mind is purchasing your own tanks (this of course means maintenance etc>) and paint them to match your exterior scheme.
You could cut the bottom out of the cooler to gain a little height then drill some holes in the top or in the side toward the trailer at the top to allow air ventilation in case of a leak. This would give you the look you are after safely. if you need a few inches of height you could build a wood frame around the bottom of the cooler to make it look like it was sitting on a rack. As stated above don't put the battery in with it.