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Old 09-30-2014, 10:37 PM   #1
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Filling propane tank during wet weather question

Should a motor home propane tank ever be filling during any kind of wet misty rainy weather? Would this action allow too much moisture to get into the tank during hooking/unhooking the fill hose?

I have an appointment for a fill-up from a tank truck here in the CG tomorrow but it's forecasted to be rainy tomorrow. And we're leaving the next day so it's either do or not at all.

Appreciate any thoughts.

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Old 09-30-2014, 10:48 PM   #2
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I have never heard of this being a problem. Both the truck, your tank, and the hose are sealed units. It would really be hard for any rain water to get into your tank. No problem. It is done all the time.

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Atmospheric moisture would have to force its way past a virtually air tight connection. I don't see that happening.

And I have to ask:

Do you fuel up the rig/car during wet weather? I ask since given the open down-the-spout connection one would think there'd be a greater likelihood of the kind of water intrusion you're evidently worried about.
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:11 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replys. I just didn't know if there could possibly be enought drops of water in the end of his hose before it got connected to my tank to cause any problem. I'm sure at the most it wouldn't be more than a drip or two but had no idea what amount of water in the tank could cause problems.
From what I've read, water in your propane tank is really bad.
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Old 10-01-2014, 12:47 PM   #5
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I never worry about fueling either the car or motorhome since i'm using a very short hose and working under a canapy. When the tank truck came to fill the propane tank he pulled out close to 30 feet of hose to reach from the truck to the tank. I was just worried (undoubtedly unnecessarily) that it would give opportunity for moisture to get into the end of the hose if it happened to be raining.

But thankfully it had just stopped snowing when he arrived this morning. Boy is he fast. He blocked his wheels, hooked up the hose, pumped 13 gallons of propane, reeled the hose back in, unblocked his wheels, I paid him, and he was gone in probably not more than 5 minutes.

I do appreciate the responses as it made me feel more relaxed just in case it was really storming. And I'm sure he wouldn't want to come back later either.
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Old 10-01-2014, 08:32 PM   #6
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I live in the coastal mountains in Oregon and we do get a tad of rain but I have never heard anyone express concern about the moisture getting into propane tanks. Maybe we just accept the moisture but it has not been a problem to my knowlegde.

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