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Old 10-13-2011, 09:22 PM   #29
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Have had 20# bs 100# tanks filled at u-haul, rental place, propane dealer and rv dealer/service. Never a issue with older or newer tanks.

Prices vary. At around $3 a gallon now

Best deal I get is at our camping resort for $2.12 a gallon. Got the rv tank filled there last time.
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Old 10-15-2011, 04:01 PM   #30
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Re how much a 20 pound tank holds.

Though it matters if you are trying to compute propane use the point the poster who said Blue Rino only puts 15 pounds in a 20 pound tank was trying to make is that you THINK you are getting a full tank when you swap... But you are not.

So you get only 3/4 of what you believe you are paying for.

Like the 1 pound brick of coffee I got yesterday.. it's only 11.5 oz. Not a full 16

This "3/4" thing is a way or RIPPING OFF THE CUSTOMER. and that was his point. Or at least that is how I read it.
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Old 10-15-2011, 04:39 PM   #31
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I agree, there are many things at the store now that are less than they seem. Many manufacturers think they are pulling one over on us, besides raising the prices, they lower the amount of product we get.
Some tuna fish cans are so small you can barely get 2 sandwiches, and check the size of the tube inside the toilet paper roll, it is way bigger than it used to be. The outside of the roll is the same size, but the hole inside of the roll is bigger.......you get less paper. The list is endless.
I hate getting ripped off...........think I'll go lay down, at least my naps are still full size.
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Old 10-15-2011, 11:32 PM   #32
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Re how much a 20 pound tank holds.

Though it matters if you are trying to compute propane use the point the poster who said Blue Rino only puts 15 pounds in a 20 pound tank was trying to make is that you THINK you are getting a full tank when you swap... But you are not.

So you get only 3/4 of what you believe you are paying for.

Like the 1 pound brick of coffee I got yesterday.. it's only 11.5 oz. Not a full 16

This "3/4" thing is a way or RIPPING OFF THE CUSTOMER. and that was his point. Or at least that is how I read it.
Right from Blue Rhino: "
Inflationary pressures, including the volatile costs of steel, diesel fuel, and propane, have had a significant impact on the cylinder exchange industry. In 2008, to help control these rising costs, Blue Rhino followed the example of other consumer products companies with a product content change. We reduced the amount of propane in our tanks from 17 pounds to 15 pounds.
To ensure our consumers are properly notified, Blue Rhino clearly marks the amount of propane contained in our tanks, right on the package."

http://www.bluerhino.com/BRWEB/getdo...spx#FAQLink126


So, if its written, how is it 'ripping off'?
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Old 10-15-2011, 11:45 PM   #33
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It's not, Jim!
If people want to use the "convenience store" service, they should expect to pay for it, right?
But if they only want to buy propane, they should own their tanks.


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Gas station in Penna charges $12 for a 20lb tank thats completely empty. I think it's $24 for an exchange with a new tank.
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That's something that's new to me- is it a regional thing?
I've never filled a tank anywhere on the West Coast that the propane wasn't metered, just like gasoline...

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This thread made me go look. AmeriGas is the company that pretty much has all the exchange stations around here. Their tanks are also labeled as only having 15lbs. They are anywhere between $19-22 for the exchange, or $50-55 for a "full" tank without exchanging an empty. Depends on the location. Propane filling by the gallon is just as expensive as gas around here, checked a Flying J the other day and it was $3.7something. So, either way it won't be very cheap. I do like the idea of topping off and not having to loose whatever is left when exchanging for a "full" one.
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You guys need to hit up on the big suppliers, or better yet, an Co-op.. $1.90 gal cash price...
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You guys need to hit up on the big suppliers, or better yet, an Co-op.. $1.90 gal cash price...
Maybe in your state, doubtful around here.
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Ya.. California always seems to be higher than the Mid-West..
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Last Saturday, I was in Lone Pine,Ca. I needed propane according the gauge inside. I had it refilled at a campground there in the area. I stood and watched the man fill it, the tank took 6.6 according to the amount indicated on the gauge on the pump. It cost me $29.63 to fill the tank on the RV.

Okay so let's round it off to 7.0 gals. That's almost $4.50 a gallon. I will not buy propane there again. They usually charge around $35.00 for a space that week end they were charging $65.00 for hook ups and $45.00 for dry camping spots......it was the 2011 Lone Pine Film Festival weekend.
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Another reason to not stay long in Calif... Bring it in with you, leave when it runs out...
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The way it's done in Pa is by weight. The tank sets on a scale and they fill it up to 20 lbs. I use mine on the gas grill and run it empty before refill and it's right around $12. If I go to a Sheetz store it's around $24 for an exchange and $45 if you just buy a full tank.
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