In all the discussion of Westy propane tanks, valves, etc. (mine's an '84) I don't see any mention of the physical difficulty of getting a filler hose coupled to the thing. Without exception, the folks (and LP pros, at that) who have filled mine have complained about the scraped knuckles, pinched fingers, etc. involved in connecting to the filler back within that shroud. There's darn little room; and you don't want to be using a tool without first finger-tightening the nut to make sure it's not cross-threaded. I don't see how the pipe could be extended, but did anybody ever hear of hacksawing about 1-1/2 inches off the shroud down at that end?