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Old 02-07-2011, 08:08 PM   #1
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Question Rental Propane Tanks

When we boondocked in Quartzsite, AZ a few years back, we were able to rent a 40lb propane tank and use it with an extended stay connection. We just had the same kind of connection installed on our newer RV here in Killeen, TX. We thought we'd be able to rent a 20-30lb tank here and found that no one will rent one of that size. We wound up purchasing one of the exchange-type tanks from Walgreens. We'll have to haul it around with us, I guess. Is this typical? Was our experience in AZ unusual? We were quite surprised to find no one who wanted to rent one to us here.

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Old 02-07-2011, 08:41 PM   #2
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Mostly it is the 100 pound cylinders that are common rental. They hook up the same as the smaller tanks

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Old 02-08-2011, 08:13 PM   #3
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Are you sure you mean pounds and not gallons? The 20 pound tank is usually what you hook-up to your BBQ grill. I've never seen anyone rent these. I think most of the extended stay tanks that I see use are more in the 100 gallon (430 lb) range. The built in tank on my coach holds 35 gallons (28 gallons at 80% max fill) which is about 120 pounds (28 gallons). The following is a little bit on the different sizes. It's the 20 lb (4.2 gallon) size that you exchange at Walgreen's and/or fast food stores.

"20 to 40 Pounds
Smaller tanks in the range of 20 to 40 lbs. are primarily designed for use on barbecue grills and other large yet portable camping/cooking appliances. They can also be hooked up to RVs. Twenty pound tanks hold around 4 gallons, 30-lb. tanks hold 7 and 40-lb. tanks hold 10. These are the most common of the larger size tanks and can last for 8 to 40 hours, depending on the number of burners and BTU output of the grill.

60 to 100 Pounds
These size tanks are noticeable taller than the stocky-shaped 20- to 40-lb. tanks. The tank and gas combined can weigh up to 170 lbs. when filled. Tanks containing 60 lbs. of propane usually equals 15 gallons, and 100-lb. tanks hold 25. Their BTU output can be more than 2 million. Along with cooking and heating, these tanks can be used for tools like acetylene torches."

Read more: List of Propane Tank Sizes | eHow.com List of Propane Tank Sizes | eHow.com
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:18 PM   #4
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I want to thank both of you who took the time to reply. I sure appreciate it. Just an update, we wound up getting one of the exchangeable 20lb tanks from Walgreens. It's true that they have to be filled up frequently, but they have the advantage of being easily portable, and we usually can find Walgreens often. The same brand is carried by Walmart so we can swap them there too. We try very hard to stay out of cold climates, so our needs are short term and infrequent. This works for us. Even in the very cold weather, the smaller tank functioned. We kept it covered in an insulating blanket and we were able to get propane out of it.

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