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Old 01-26-2011, 12:02 AM   #1
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Can't pump LP in the rain ???

We stopped at an RV dealership today to buy LP ...place we have bought LP before, had coach serviced, etc. It was 49 degrees and wet outside from rain earlier, but was only kind of misting at the time. We were told "We can't pump Lp in the rain. Maybe after while we can." When I questioned what the rain had to do with it the guy said, "Because the hose freezes or something..." I've been dealing with LP in farm eqipment for nearly 50 years and NEVER heard of any weather related limitation in pumping LP ...with LP going through the hose at a temp of -40 degrees or so, how is 49 degrees and rain going to hurt the hose? I suspect the REAL problem was whoever was responsible for going outside to fill us didn't want to go outside "in the rain." I had to call ahead to our destination 3 hours down the road and find a place I could get Lp along the way.

Am I missing something about pumping LP in the rain, or did they just tell a $100 sale to bug off?
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:55 AM   #2
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Strange..... I have never experienced "can't pump propane in the rain", a few rain or cold delays as staff put on rain or cold weather gear. Also, during the week during normal business hours I'll stop at the local bulk propane supplier. Most not only can fill the tank but the price is cheaper! Found local ag supply and mill who's price was 2.99 /gal. They normally fill bottles, yet had the hose adapter for the MH tank. Maybe its my farm boy mentality or I have been lucky so far.

I'll have to ask next time I get propane about weather related restrictions. Best travels.

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We stopped at an RV dealership today to buy LP ...place we have bought LP before, had coach serviced, etc. It was 49 degrees and wet outside from rain earlier, but was only kind of misting at the time. We were told "We can't pump Lp in the rain. Maybe after while we can." When I questioned what the rain had to do with it the guy said, "Because the hose freezes or something..." I've been dealing with LP in farm eqipment for nearly 50 years and NEVER heard of any weather related limitation in pumping LP ...with LP going through the hose at a temp of -40 degrees or so, how is 49 degrees and rain going to hurt the hose? I suspect the REAL problem was whoever was responsible for going outside to fill us didn't want to go outside "in the rain." I had to call ahead to our destination 3 hours down the road and find a place I could get Lp along the way.

Am I missing something about pumping LP in the rain, or did they just tell a $100 sale to bug off?
Paul, you are so right my friend, nobody cares anymore, and even to a repeat customer, so sad in today's economy.

"or did they just tell a $100 sale to bug off?"
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The major problem with tanking LP in the rain is that the attended gets wet.
I drove on LP for more than 25 years (and in Europe we self tank) and tanked in rain and all other kinds of weather and never had a problem.
No frozen hose or nozzle, only cold hands.

Suggestion: Offer the attendant to hold an umbrella over him.
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Was in Nappannee, IN. last January and they filled my tank twice in 1* snowy weather, the weather doesn't seem to bother the Amish.
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It's not the hose that will get wet and freeze.I guess they let you know how they feel about their customers.Next they will complain about how business is down.
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In today's world too many business rules are made to benefit the employees not the customer.
I fear many businesses are slowly becoming like the government that we criticize.
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I've heard about not filling LP in when there is lightning, maybe the kid was using it as an excuse. Wonder how his supervisor feels on the subject.
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I worked at a gas processing plant for many years where we made propane, butane and gasoline and loaded it into transport trucks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I can tell you that there were many times I wished I didn't have to stand out in the rain (or snow) pumping propane into these trucks that held up to 10,000 gallons each. But then this was just the company that made the product and not the end distributor. I am sure that their rules are made to conform to their benefits. I would speak to the owner about having such a good business that they can turn down a $100 sale.
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We stopped at an RV dealership today to buy LP ...place we have bought LP before, had coach serviced, etc. It was 49 degrees and wet outside from rain earlier, but was only kind of misting at the time. We were told "We can't pump Lp in the rain. Maybe after while we can." When I questioned what the rain had to do with it the guy said, "Because the hose freezes or something..." I've been dealing with LP in farm eqipment for nearly 50 years and NEVER heard of any weather related limitation in pumping LP ...with LP going through the hose at a temp of -40 degrees or so, how is 49 degrees and rain going to hurt the hose? I suspect the REAL problem was whoever was responsible for going outside to fill us didn't want to go outside "in the rain." I had to call ahead to our destination 3 hours down the road and find a place I could get Lp along the way.

Am I missing something about pumping LP in the rain, or did they just tell a $100 sale to bug off?
Have to concur, just yer standard issue, "I don't wanna get wet" attitude.

I get my propane over at the filling station, buy it 100lbs at a time, rain or shine.
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Let me give you the FACTS.. Just the FACTS.

They can not pump LP in the rain because the pump jockey does not wish to get wet.
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"They can not pump LP in the rain because the pump jockey does not wish to get wet."

Just the same as I was going to post.

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