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Old 10-19-2010, 09:51 PM   #1
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U-Haul Could Not Place Propane In My Tank

I just bought my Class B RV on Friday. I went to U-Haul tonight and the well mannered young man could not get any of their fittings to screw into the propane area connected to the Van. He said to come over tomorrow when the manager is there.

He does not think it is a problem on my end. Is this older van I have just one he has not connected before? I am probably being paranoid it could be a problem on my end.

Any thoughts? Thanks,
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The 1998 revision of the National Fire Protection Association's Pamphlet 58 requires that all cylinders, 4 lb. (1.8 kg) through 40 lb. (18 kg), fabricated after September 30, 1998 shall be equipped with an OPD valve. Further, any cylinders of these sizes that are re-qualified must be equipped with an OPD valve. If your cylinder is over 12 years old, it must be re-qualified before it can be refilled. It will be retrofitted with an OPD valve at the time of re-qualification. You can find the date of manufacture on the upper collar of your 20# cylinder. Effective April 1, 2002, no cylinder will be filled unless it is equipped with an OPD.
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This site will help you understand. Propane Tank Tooling, Valves and Supplies<p>
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:00 AM   #4
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It's likely a van conversion will have a horizontal, permanently-mounted ASME tank rather than a portable cylinder. OPD valves have been required on ASME tanks since 1984.

You do not need to remove the hose from an ASME tank to fill it like a portable cylinder. There is a separate fill valve on an ASME tank. It should be labeled and it should have a yellow cap. The young man trying to do the filling may have mistaken the cap for a knob.
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Don't get paranoid - the kid simply doesn't know what to do. Go back when somebody knowledgeable is there, or go somewhere else. The fixed (ASME) tanks all fill the same way and have the same connectors, per Paz' description.

If by chance you have a DOT portable tank instead of ASME fixed tank, it fills like any other portable tank.
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Don't get paranoid - the kid simply doesn't know what to do.
And that's scary! I'm constantly amazed at the unknowledgeable people who are sent out to fill propane tanks! IMO, no one should be filling propane tanks unless they're certified to do so...you just can't send some teeny bopper out to handle a job that is potentially dangerous!
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Some of those "teeny-boppers" may not know about left-hand threads either!
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Refilling a propane tank is not exactly rocket science. Instruction in the procedure is needed, but I could teach you everything you need to know in 30 minutes, for both DOT and ASME style tanks.
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Did U-Haul forget to do something? I did leave the propane on all night. (not intentionally). I went outside this morning and saw this. This is where the yellow cap is screwed in which I did do after the propane was installed yesterday. Is there some type of air release valve they maybe did not set correctly after propane was installed? Or, does it just have a "plain ole leak" Thanks,

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What is the shot on the bottom a photo of? Too small and blurred to tell.
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If the tank was overfilled and yes that is possible even with the opd then relief valve may have bled off. Also if there is moisture either in the tank or in the propane being pumped on and the temps are cold enough then filling valve may have frozen and leaked. As stated better photo needed to really see what/where is happening. Would suggest having filled other than U haul. Have personally had experience of trying to short change on amount of propane being pumped into tank when charging by the tank
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If the tank was overfilled and yes that is possible even with the opd then relief valve may have bled off. Also if there is moisture either in the tank or in the propane being pumped on and the temps are cold enough then filling valve may have frozen and leaked. As stated better photo needed to really see what/where is happening. Would suggest having filled other than U haul. Have personally had experience of trying to short change on amount of propane being pumped into tank when charging by the tank
That white you saw in the picture was a ball of ice (more like a snowball) at the filling valve that occured overnight as the left the gas on. Thanks,
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