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Old 07-29-2015, 08:26 PM   #15
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Are you aware that those 20 lb propane "exchange tanks" contain ONLY 15 lbs, (3.57 gallons), of propane?.....(That's $4.97 a gal @ today's Walmart price).

When you have 20 lb tanks "refilled" at a LP dealer or an RV dealer or a RV park you leave with 20 lbs of propane... 4.76 gallons.

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I know, but I really don't mind paying a little extra for the convenience. I can recall, more than once, when I was in my class B, havibg a reakky difficult time finding someplace to fill the tank.


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Old 07-30-2015, 12:46 AM   #16
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When a tank is re-certified, is it only good for a single fill? Does a new date stamp get placed on the old tank? Just curious?

As for getting bottles refilled, I agree that it's getting harder and harder to find places that do it, and the one close to me here, has no idea what they're doing.. They also flat charge by the tank size, regardless of how much they put in.. bring a 20 lb tank that's empty or 3/4 full for a top up, and they still charge 30 bucks regardless. Thieves! (i don't go there anymore..)

Me, I'd just get new tanks so it's no longer an issue, and shop around for tanks with youngest dates.

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Old 08-04-2015, 12:28 AM   #17
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Re-cert those LP cylinders

40# cylinders at Home Depot are $84+tax. I donít think so!

I just had my two 12 yr. old 40# cylinders re-certified here in the Seattle WA area. It was done at a wholesaler that does a lot of 100# cylinders that are shipped up to Alaska and used in the commercial fishing industry. Wow, pallets full! Some of those were in bad shape, rusted. Being exposed to all that salt water and air made mine look nice. Basically they inspect the valves, leak check the cylinders with nitrogen and observe a pressure loss over a period of time. It looked as if mine had been submerged in soapy water. I dropped them off on a Fri. and they were ready the following Wed. They slap a 3Ē square registered sticker on the top surface near the handle manufactured date stamp. They charged $6 apiece and the re-cert. is for another 5 yrs. I wire brushed the few little scuffed spots from being strapped in my Travel Supremeís bay and sprayed them with gloss white Rustoleum. They look like new money again!

FYI: Pacer wanted $3.10 a gal. to fill them again, but I opted for a tack and feed coop closer to where Iím staying that charges $2.75 a gal. (they check the dates) The park Iím staying in is charging $3.60 a gal. for loose tanks. MHís with a built in cylinder at your site, $4.00 a gal. with their mobile tank behind a gator. (funny how they donít seem to check the dates?)

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