transporting 100# propane tank "upright & vertical"

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  1. Simpler Times

    Simpler Times Well-Known Member

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    Our local dealer won't fill our 100 pound propane tank unless it is "upright and vertical" in the bed of our pickup. Another dealer (35 mi
    es one way) lets us transrt it however we want but he's a long haul fo us while the other guy is just up the road. Any ideas on how to rig a rack or something out of wood? Any pictures of what you've done to keep this type tank standing during transport?
     
  2. Forerunner

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    Build a set of higher sides.... it's good homesteading practice to have sideboards on your pick-up, anyway, just for hauling compost. :)
    Install a couple heavy eye hooks in one of the corners and a chain with heavy duty clip.
    If you get enough height to chain the tank firmly about three quarters of the way up the side of the tank, you're good.
     

  3. watcher

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    IIRC, 100# tanks are about 5' tall so. . .Go to the store and buy a couple of stake pocket anchors and a ratchet strap. Install the anchors on your front two stake pockets, hook one end of the strap to an anchor, loop it around the tank, attach the other strap end to the other anchor and tighten. The strap will pull the tank into the front of the bed and the loop will prevent it from sliding from side to side.

    If you aren't comfortable with that build a wooden frame to fit around the tank and ratchet strap it into the truck.
     
  4. RonM

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    Law states they must be upright....
     
  5. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    :shrug: So!

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  6. Old Vet

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    I don't carry mine that way but it is the law. I have never had anybody to look at my truck bed to see if I was caring it laying down. I also either have it secured to the side so that It isn't going all over the place and if it came with a cap it is on their before I move.
     
  7. Windy in Kansas

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    So a person is expected to follow the law for the safety of themselves and for others. It is one thing to endanger yourself and quite another to endanger others.

    If a tank "vents" laying down it will blown liquid which if very dangerous. If upright and it should vent it will only blow vapor.

    In an accident such as a rear ended collision a horizontal bottle might have the valve assembly broken off---unless it is being transported correctly with the cap over it. Upright there is less chance for such valve damage as the truck would unlikely be smashed so short as to even get to the bottle.

    MOST laws are made for good reason and should be observed. Sorry that I take safety to heart while you have a lackadaisical attitude toward it. Perhaps it is part because I safely operated a propane delivery truck for 7 years and can only imagine what carelessness or a cavalier attitude would have given me and perhaps others.
     
  8. HermitJohn

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    I dont know if I'd go as far as to say most laws are for good reason, some are because they benefitted a campaign donor, others are a knee jerk reaction to some freak event or crime, and some are from burocracy wanting to perpetuate itself and extend control. The good old USA has far more laws on the books than any other country in the world including some very totalitarian ones.

    However hauling a 100# tank in an upright position is common sense whether law or not, for reasons Windy states. Its just a pain to find good way to do it without adding stuff to your truck box that then gets in way when using truck for other things.

    Best way I came up with back when I used 100# bottles was to place filled bottle upright in one corner of front of pickup box, then place a 2x4 frame with a snug pocket for the bottle down over it and clamp the 2x4s to the top edge of the pickup box on both sides. Once home remove clamps and remove frame. Nothing left to interfer with other uses of the truck. Plus it held the tank upright better than single chain or strap or cable or rope. Hard to describe without a picture or drawing, but think of those old wooden pop bottle crates with little pocket for each bottle so they didnt hit against each other.
     
  9. Old Vet

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    I agree it is dangerous to haul propane any way you do it. But in my case with a cap on it and without a special way to secure the tank if you hit my truck enough to cause the bottle to break the top off I would be dead also and the others that hit me will be dead also. You will have to make my bed 4 foot shorter with that in mind and hauling it on a back road with nothing going over 50 miles per hour it is hard to think that would happen. I do not like to haul one upright for the reason that if I have even a slight wreck it will be unstable enough to tip out of the truck and on the highway which is more dangerous than having it horizontal. To keep the bottle from venting you need to know how to fill the tank. You only fill it with a scale to set it on and only fill it to the amount on the tank. The fill weight is stamped on the tank. And I know how to fill the tank and watch it done to my specifications and have never had one to vent on me.
     
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    They're supposed to be secured when hauling upright. If the top of the tank is knocked off in an accident a secured upright tank will only blow gas out the top. A horizontal tank will become a missile.

    I agree that some laws are ridiculous, but this is one that makes complete sense from a safety standpoint. Figure out a way to haul them secured and upright or don't haul them.
     
  11. poorboy

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    Some of us are forced into lawbreaking at times..I have hauled them laying down with bottom of bottle against the cab and valve capped to the rear..used to use a stock rack and chain 'em upright in the right front corner of the bed...Now have my own wetline on my pig at home and fill the 20 and hundred lb. bottles myself..have an adapter to fill the hand size propane bottles also...
    I've seen people living in trailers that needed the hundred lb. bottles for heat, haul them anyway they could, a couple of 'em like to wore my pickup out a several winter's back as the local supplier refused to let em haul 'em in cars..which is dangerous..but NOT as dangerous as trying to stay in a housetrailer at zero with out any heat..SAD part was they could barely afford the propane, so I ended up hauling gas bottle free Gratus..didn't have the heart to tell 'em no...15 Mi. every time one of 'em run out..:stars:
     
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    The last time I had to haul one I happened to have the drawbar off my tractor already laying in the back of the truck. I dropped it down in one of the front stake pockets, used a ratchet strap to secure the the bottle to the drawbar and went to town. The ratchet strap secured the drawbar to the bottle with the pickup body sandwiched between you could not have lifted it out if you tried.
     
  13. big rockpile

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    Truth I was being sarcastic.I have been trained in hauling all kinds of Hazardous Material and handling Chemicals.

    And do understand Propane.But yes I'm guilty of laying Bottles down strapping them and hauling them.Just easier!

    big rockpile
     
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    I have two different places that fill mine for me all the time and they see me secure them in the back of my truck on their side.

    Find another propane dealer.
     
  15. I do believe if I was going to be hauling 100# tanks I would buy a decent hand truck & have a way to strap the tank to the hand truck . I could then wheel the tank around wherever I wanted it . A couple wooden planks would work to wheel it in & out of the truck bed . A full 100# tank is fairly heavy . A hand truck & tank could be held in place in the front of the truck bed with a heavy duty ratchet strap . Have moved appliances & top heavy refrigerators this way many times .
    That being said I once lived in a mobile home that used 100# tanks for the gas range . I hauled the tank to get it filled it the trunk of my Z28 Camero . Yes it stuck out .
     
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    ..........That Law seems rather Impotent , because Every Delivery Truck I've ever seen , has their tanks Horizontial !!! Just imagine delivery trucks with their 1000 gallon tanks standing straight UP crusing around making deliveries . , fordy:eek:
     
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    By all means then I apologize for coming across so harshly.
     
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    Just curious, even if he did help to lay them down and secure them did he at least inform you that the law requires them to be transported upright?
     
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    The suburban propane trucks stack forklift tanks upright. The really huge tanks are hauled horozontal on a dedicated flatbed w/ rails that keep them onboard. Trucks powered by propane have horozontal tanks secured to the frame.

    100# propane tanks are designed to be transported in a vertical position so they don't become propelled like a torpedo down the highway if the valve gets knocked off.

    The DOT won't be pulling over a personal pickup but they do expect the propane supplier to inform people how to properly transport the cylinders.

    Your mileage may vary but I think you will be safer to secure the tank vertical and w/ the safety cover in place.

    There was a 'tube' trailer of compressed gas destroyed on the NJ Turnpike. The individual horozontal tubes shot off into the woods while spewing compressed gas. Fortunately it was helium instead of hydrogen so there wasn't a huge fireball.

    Does anyone have an Oxy-Acetylene setup? The Acetylene tank needs to stay upright too. These cylinders need to be capped for transport yet alot of guys ride around w/t he gauges attached...an explosion just watiting to happen
     
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    a friend of mine in wv say sthat the state told him he had to lay his oxy and acetaline bottles down..he was mad cause he had to move them so much. he had a welding pickup truck.......