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Old 05-08-2012, 07:16 AM   #1
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Need to refill propane tank

Good morning,

First time Rv'er and I am trying to look ahead to when I need to have the
propane tank filled. Were do you normally go to get this done? I have a
32ft Journey DP and I have been checking places near where I live but
have come up empty. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland if anyone is near me
and knows of a place.

Thanks in advance
Andy
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:35 AM   #2
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:45 AM   #3
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I have found that propane distributors are typically the easiest, and many times, the best priced outlets. You can drive the motorhome right to the filling point conveniently as their trucks use the same drive. Call first and make certain they sell retail - most I have called do.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:49 AM   #4
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Good morning,

First time Rv'er and I am trying to look ahead to when I need to have the
propane tank filled. Were do you normally go to get this done? I have a
32ft Journey DP and I have been checking places near where I live but
have come up empty. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland if anyone is near me
and knows of a place.

Thanks in advance
Andy
Andy do a Google search with your zip code and the word propane and you will find a map with several re-fillers in your area
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:50 AM   #5
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My app is showing 5 places in your area. 2 are Suburban Propane, 2 U-Hauls and Ellicott City Exxon. This just means they have propane and not necessarily they fill RVs. If they don't, I'm sure they can point you in the right direction.

I will say when you see a gas station with a big propane tank on the property, they almost allways fill RVs.
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Truck centers and farm suppliers will have accessible propane stations. Around here I use our local Farm/Ranch Co-Op fuel station for both diesel and propane.

Google maps satellite overlay can give you a good idea of entrance/exit accessibility if you punch in the address of a potential station.
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Many rv parks and campgrounds have propane available. Just start keeping you eyes open and you will be amazed how many places can fill your tanks. Some distributors will even deliver and fill it for you.
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There are many places you can get Propane.. Depending on where you are, OFten the campground has Propane service, however it is a bit like buying a soda at a theater. (Expensive) as a general rule, NOTE Some of the parks I visit the propane preices are highly competitive, but often they are "Theater Priced".

I have seen a number of gas stations with Propane. Flying-J nearly always has it as someone else mentioned.

I like to look for propane suppliers, not retalliers but wholesalers Saturday morning I made a call to Carmichael's Propane in Tekonsha, 2.69 per gallon and open on Sat till 1 PM. (Going price is about 3.and a quarter to 3 and a half just now). Now I do admit Carmichaels is (normally) a bit out of the way and hard to find but not a problem for me,plus by choosing an "Non-Freeway" route I had nearly all 55mph roads to where I was going next, A great excuse to visit Tucker's Produce stand (Good Ruhbarb, it's a pie now and dissappearing fast) and... Well, when I explained to Mrs. Carmichael why I did not need directions, it lead to a nice chat about the farm they bought from my dad. (I said I did not need directions ). Have not been there in 40 years.

The moral of this is to GOOGLE: Propane {zip code} and look for wholesalers Then let your fingers do the walking through the phone numbers, and find out the prices.

Conversely,,, When I'm in South Carolina, the wholesaler is the most expensive gas in town. I go to the ACE hardware if I need gas.

Near Flint, MI> try Parker's Propane. (Another wholesaler) only open m-f though.
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When at home, I always rely on U-Haun.
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The problem I found with a U Haul was they do not have a metered delivery .If I go to top off the tank they want to charge for a 100 lb tank, not what it takes to fill my not quite empty tank.Being on the frugal side I found someone with a meter.
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Good morning

Thanks everyone for your input. I wish there was a Flying-J around but the only one I know of is about 90 minutes away. I have been checking
gas stations but they only deal in the little tanks and don;t refill. I will
call some of the suppliers and see if they will deliver, didn't think about
that.

Thanks again
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for myself i have the local propane distributor come out to my house (i tell him when he is in the area). he comes out fills tank i do not have to be home then his wife calls me tells me how much pay with credit. he doesnt charge me road tax as local KOA does
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I called several places near me and none would deliver less than 100 gallons.
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