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Old 04-23-2014, 12:07 PM   #11
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With refils or exchange, a propane tank cannot by law be filled at more than 80% of its capacity...

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Old 04-23-2014, 12:44 PM   #12
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Buy a pair of tanks off Craigslist and have them filled. If they don't have the new style valve on them then just take it to an exchange place and get a pair with the new style valves and you're in business for low $$. The tanks you get with your exchange are now yours and you can take them to a place for refilling after you peel the label off.

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Old 04-23-2014, 12:53 PM   #13
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I wouldn't dismiss tank exchanges out of hand. Yes, you may get less propane, but you will always (or at least you're supposed to) get a tank that has been inspected, refurbished, and the old ones are taken out of circulation (they are date stamped). So there is SOME value to doing it that way.

I have 2 or 3 places within a couple miles that will fill my tanks. And we've used our trailer a total of 6 times and have not run our primary 30 lb tank dry yet; almost empty on the primary tank as of our last trip. It would have to be a pretty serious trip to run a tank empty unexpectedly, although I did have a pigtail start leaking on me, so it could happen...

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Old 04-26-2014, 05:07 PM   #14
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Many RVs have a tank auto transfer switch on the regulator. I turn off my full right tank and just use the left tank (or vice-versa) and set the switch to just run off the left tank. That way I know when the tank is empty and I will always have a full spare tank. If the left tank goes empty I then switch to the right tank and fill the left tank which is now the spare. Another tip is to listen for any propane leaks really carefully and/or use a spray bottle with soapy water (dish soap) to check for leaks. I once though I had a full spare propane tank only to find out it had gone completely flat. Since my other tank was flat also I had no propane. So now I check the spare to make sure it is full before I go on a trip and I have the tank I'm using filled before it goes completely flat and I double check the spare again just to make sure. Now I have an inverter installed and can run my fridge off of it when I am not hooked up and am out of propane as well which I hope never happens again.
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:53 PM   #15
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I like the 30 lb tanks because I only have to fill one every 4 months or so. I carry an extra 20 lb tank for our catalytic heater and gas grill. I have never had a problem finding a place to fill a tank.

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