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Old 09-19-2018, 08:44 PM   #1
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Auxiliary Propane

I'm sure this has been discussed before but I did not find it. I'm in Montana, it is getting colder and it is a couple of weeks before I can hit the road home and get propane enroute. I'm wondering if it is possible to use a portable grill sized propane tank and transfer into my built-in tank. Just trying to keep from having to pack up, unhook, drive to town and then set back up for just a couple more weeks.
I'm thinking two grill type connector hoses between the portable and my RV then hold the portable upside down to transfer. But if the pressures are near equal, will it flow?
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:54 PM   #2
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:26 PM   #3
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I bought that and love it...use it with 30# bottles when stored at the house...make sure to do the leak test...and I really mean this. Everyone that has bought this has had a leak they had to go back and correct. Something quirky about it...but do the soapy water leak test. did I mention that before?
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Old 09-19-2018, 10:51 PM   #4
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I always wondered about this sort of thing: thanks!
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Old 09-21-2018, 02:34 PM   #5
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Were we not just talking about spending money on our rigs? Oh well another item on the ever expanding wish list.
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Old 09-21-2018, 02:48 PM   #6
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This one is a great investment. I do not winterize so I leave furnace going and place electric heaters inside for the very few "below freezing" days we have. Using the 30# bottles is easy and keeps from having to go fill the coach tank.
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Old 09-21-2018, 02:57 PM   #7
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Were we not just talking about spending money on our rigs? Oh well another item on the ever expanding wish list.
Put it on your "Christmas Wish-List": perhaps Santa will help you out!
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Old 09-21-2018, 03:01 PM   #8
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With an RV Santa works 24/7, 365. He shows up at my door weekly.
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:44 PM   #9
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I completed this mod a few weeks ago. The only fitting that had a leak is the one that is tightened by the manufacturer. A socket will fit over the end. I had to break it loose because they applied a small amount of locktite but didn't actually tighten down enough. With all the complaints about leaks... I recommend doing it before installing it on the tank.
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Mine too!
It turns out that he drives a UPS Truck!
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Old 09-24-2018, 02:21 AM   #11
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They recommend NOT using locktite or tape
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:28 PM   #12
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Just to be clear - the Extend-A-Stay, and devices like it, allow you to RUN your RV off the auxiliary propane bottle. they do NOT allow you to transfer propane from portable bottle to on board bottle. Nothing I know of will do that. The portable bottles are designed so propane in liquid form cannot exit. Inverting the bottle will trip the safety mechanisms and stop the flow.


I use the Extend-A-Stay - works very well to both allow running off an aux bottle, or to use a high pressure grill off the existing RV tank.
Got it initially to run the grill - but after paying for 'onsite delivery' of propane once during an extended stay, started carrying an empty bottle on the longer trips - and had occasion to fill locally and use.
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Old 09-24-2018, 10:44 PM   #13
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Go to your local propane shop and have them make you one of these. The big end hooks to the fill nozzle of the coach's tank and the little end goes to the portable bottle. You can have the hose as long as you like. You don't have to tap into your RV's propane system and if you buy a new coach, this one goes with you. The cost is minimal, mine cost $30.00 three or four years ago.
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Old 09-24-2018, 11:09 PM   #14
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Never seen the likes of such!! Does this allow propane to go into the house tank and thus, supply the house needs from a 20 or 30# bottle? Pls send a close up of both ends...I'm heading there tomorrow if this is what I think.
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Old 09-25-2018, 01:07 AM   #15
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"Vapor" flows from the portable bottle to the coach tank and system. No "fluid" is transferred. I was going to order one of those Camco things and asked my buddy at the propane store if he would inspect my work after I was done. He said no, but that he would hook me up with something cheaper. The left hand fitting screws onto the coach tank. Right hand fitting propane bottle. Make sure propane bottle is closed before hooking up.
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Old 09-29-2018, 08:25 PM   #16
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I was also initially looking for ways to fuel up my internal propane tank and was looking at hoses, examing available connectors, figuring out how to fill it, balancing pressure out, elevating the other tank, and I realized that it was turning into an overcomplicated mess that may not have been reliable.

My conclusion, after much gnashing, was to have the dealer install a propane tee prior to my regulator. I can then utilize a quick connect hose running between portable or stationary tank and the tee for long-term stays without worrying about messing with my internal propane tank at all.

I will run the internal tank to empty and simply close the valve when I'm done with it. I then connect a 20 or 30 lbs portable tank (or larger if staying a while) to the tee and leverage that external source(s) until it is time to go or swap portable tanks or whatever. I'll fuel up the onboard tank prior to driving to my destination or just starting to leave from where I stayed in case I need to run the fridge to keep my leftovers cool. I'll probably have some ice packs with me in case I can't find a local propane filling station.

I went this route due to space constraints in my setup between valve and regulator causing the need to create a somewhat custom solution. I wanted it all done and tested properly the first time (if I mess up propane fittings there may not be a second chance to get it right ). I also selected this as the logical choice for me because it offers me more flexibility when it comes to both heating and power generation needs.

I am looking at external propane/dual fuel generators as a backup to onboard generation when I venture out on BLM land but most of my winter camping will involve having 30 amp power where I stay and using my onboard generator as a backup to that.

I hope that sharing some of my thought processes helped you out.
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Old 09-30-2018, 12:04 AM   #17
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Why do you not just take the RV tank in? They arenít hard to take out and reinstall.
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Old 09-30-2018, 01:21 AM   #18
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Why do you not just take the RV tank in? They arenít hard to take out and reinstall.
Because they aren't PORTABLE TANKS?
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Old 09-30-2018, 01:26 AM   #19
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Because they aren't PORTABLE TANKS?
😂 OMG! Iím a member of another forum for fifth-wheels. I thought that was the one I was on. 😂 Guess I should pay better attention.
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:52 PM   #20
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OMG! Iím a member of another forum for fifth-wheels. I thought that was the one I was on. Guess I should pay better attention.
Umm. Those Little electric heaters (750/ 1500watts) you can get for about 20 bucks might work. The little propane small heater, about 40 bucks and if worse comes to worse, the Coleman lanterns also put out heat. Oh yeah, for the lanterns? Those handles can get hot if you use them for hangers. You'll do that one time and no more.
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