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Old 11-25-2021, 07:28 AM   #1
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Propane Tank Replace or Refurbish ?

94 Gulstream, 12 gallon tank, relief valve leaks, its stamped 1992, other than the relief valve, just surface rust, should paint and replace relief valve, or replace the tank at the tune of 700 bucks ?!? I know regular tanks supposedly can't be refilled after 15 years old if I remember correctly ?
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Find a lpg supplier that sells tanks and replaces valves, unless anyone on this site does
this type of work don't take their advice, this is NOT for the backyard mechanic.
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94 Gulstream, 12 gallon tank, relief valve leaks, its stamped 1992, other than the relief valve, just surface rust, should paint and replace relief valve, or replace the tank at the tune of 700 bucks ?!? I know regular tanks supposedly can't be refilled after 15 years old if I remember correctly ?
If it's a permanently mounted tank, it's likely to be ASME certified and not DOT certified. ASME certified tanks aren't subject to the same recertification requirements as DOT tanks. Standard BBQ tanks and removable tanks on travel trailers are DOT certified:

https://www.rvtravel.com/how-often-d...propane-tanks/

Nonetheless, having it inspected at a qualified propane dealer makes sense.
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The tank is completely empty and I can get a relief valve and just bolt it one. I've ran a number of propane ones and set up heaters so I know how to deal with it. And the tank is empty !
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When we took over our 2002 motorhome I was surprised at the condition of the propane tank. On inspection though the hardware was up to code and in great shape but the tank looked like it had been swimming in salt water. Sandpaper, rustoleum primer and rustoleum white and it looks brand new. The steel was not damaged at all, just the original coat of paint.
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The tank is completely empty and I can get a relief valve and just bolt it one. I've ran a number of propane ones and set up heaters so I know how to deal with it. And the tank is empty !

It isn't rocket science .......

Remove the old one...install the new one

Wire brush the exterior and then repaint
*Paint must be white, light silver---no dark paints allowed

ASME LP Tanks do not have to be replaced unless damaged in accident, fire or extreme rust

*DOT portable LP Cylinders have to be 'recertified' 10 yrs after MFG Date stamp on ring then every 5 yrs (Visual Inspection)
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Mine is a 1996ish, local propane company , did the valves for me.. filled a small coffee can with some white paint they use..

he said wire brush, wipe down and the brush this stuff on it... industrial enamel..good stuff..

I just never got to the paint yet, winter here so,,,,,
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