Originally Posted by spritz
I've never been on Craigs list. Hear of alot of horry stories but I will give her a try. Thanks,Tim
Just use your common sense and you'll be okay. Turns out the guy I bought my tank from is a county Deputy Sheriff. You should be able to phone or email the seller and figure out if he's shinin' you on. Ask for pictures, take a large friend along and meet in a public place. Size up the seller, as I'm sure he's looking you over, too.
However, truth be known, before I looked at Craig's list, I placed a "Want to buy" ad on a local "Hunting" forum. It took about a week or two, but I was contacted by a fellow on the forum who had a history of many postings on the forum. I took the time to look at his previous postings and got a good feel for his character.
So, you might consider doing the same thing on a forum that is populated with the sort of folks you trust. You might consider the area which you are willing to go to make a deal and find a forum that covers that area. In my ad, I specified the distance I would be willing to travel. Local RV forums come to mind, but if you have another interest, such as I did with hunting and fishing, you can look for an appropriate forum.
BTW, do some research on tanks before you go shopping. Portable tanks need to be recertified every 12 years IIRC or the supplier can refuse to fill them. Other, larger tanks never need recertification as long as they still have the data plate attached. A lot of people remove a data plate to convert the tank for use as a water tank, or other purpose. Even with a data plate, consider the condition of the tank. I'm sure you don't want a rust bucket that's been sitting unused in a field for 10 years.
Other questions you can ask are things like, "Is the regulator included?" I was pleasantly surprised to find it was - along with the tank being 1/2 full. My tank weighed 500# and the included Propane weighed another 500#. Made it a little harder to hoist in the back of my pickup truck, but it rode well for the 20 miles back home. I built a gantry out of a 4"x8" timber and four 2" pipe legs, to hang a chain hoist to lift it in and out of the truck.
After I installed in behind the house, I found the white color distracting, seen from my office window. An 8'x10' camo tarp from Amazon fixed that in short order. Even though it's only 10' from the house, you have to look hard to see it.
JMHO - Cheers and good luck.