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Safe way to carry LP tank

I use my SLK as a daily driver and when it came time to get a propane tank exchanged, I needed a way to secure it. Those things are too dangerous to just let roll around in the trunk. Who wants their trunk trashed by a rouge tank ?

It was very easy to build and can but done with at least 1/2" plywood or MDF and some 2"x4" blocks
Tank is very stable and you can still do some "spirited driving" and put the top down.
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it should always be valve pointing up though, but the effort is certainly there
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Valve up...top up


Valve down....TOP DOWN !!!
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Had to carry one the other day also and felt distinctly unsafe in case the refill guy forgot to tighten something - put the top down anyway

Had a case some years ago of turning the main tap off after use and it kept turning - the whole assembly came out (LH thread) with a shreiking sound you wouldn't believe - it was a full tank and luckily was on an outside balcony - scared the hell out of me - bad design

BTW - has that tank reached the end of its useful life? - Here it is illegal to refill or sell a tank over 10 yrs old

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Just another reason to keep the SLK as my daily driver ...

UNBELIEVEABLE Trunk Space ! Ha Ha, try that in a Solstice !

AND putting the top down, awesome ! Thanks for the TIP !


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LP Tank

I also use my 99 230SLK as a daily driver and I transport LP tanks in it. I find that standing the tank up in the passenger's footwell with the seat way back works well. I place a rag between the tank and the glove box door and have never had a problem with damage. I always put a window down or the top down when I carry a LP tank.
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I also use my 99 230SLK as a daily driver and I transport LP tanks in it. I find that standing the tank up in the passenger's footwell with the seat way back works well. I place a rag between the tank and the glove box door and have never had a problem with damage. I always put a window down or the top down when I carry a LP tank.
Good point.
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I also use my 99 230SLK as a daily driver and I transport LP tanks in it. I find that standing the tank up in the passenger's footwell with the seat way back works well. I place a rag between the tank and the glove box door and have never had a problem with damage. I always put a window down or the top down when I carry a LP tank.
Well if that works for you, thats great. But I find that the interior finish is way too fragile and a rag would not stop the damage if tank started to move.

I always need to be prepared for the worst case scenerio because of the large majority of very bad drivers here. It's not uncommon here for a taxi to slam on the brakes and make a u-turn right in front of you, just to pick up a fare.

I need my tank secured.

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