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Old 05-11-2013, 08:00 PM   #11
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Its cheaper to refill your tanks then exchange them, and I`ve not seen 30# tank exchanges anyway. Some of those exchange tanks although recertified are ancient, with some dating back to the 80`s. I would not trade in my new tanks for some possibly very old ones. Even for the BBQ grill or other 20# tank needs I get them refilled.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:14 PM   #12
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Don't give up your original tanks. 20lb exchange tanks by law can only be filled to 15lbs. So right of the bat you are losing 25% of your gas for more money.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:45 PM   #13
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Don't give up your original tanks. 20lb exchange tanks by law can only be filled to 15lbs. So right of the bat you are losing 25% of your gas for more money.
Curious, hadn't heard that before. In Canada anyhow, my understanding is exchange tanks must be filled to the same amount as refill tanks.

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Old 05-12-2013, 06:51 PM   #14
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I always refill mine. I use one tank and keep the other as a spare. When one runs out I swap tanks and get the empty refilled asap.
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Filling propane bottles?

Will they top off a tank that is half full? Also about how much does it cost to refill a tank?
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Filling propane bottles?

Some places charge a flat fee no matter the tank half full or completely empty. Other places charge you based on what they put in the tank. Uhaul usually charges how much the tank takes. BJ's near me is $14 for members, and the cheapest in New England is in Salem, NH @ dodge grain at $9.18 to fill an empty tank.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:29 PM   #17
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Will they top off a tank that is half full? Also about how much does it cost to refill a tank?
For years our best price was 10 bucks refill for a 20# in Niagara Falls, NY area. MT or 1/2 full tank, same refill price. Recently it went up to $12. Other locations refill based upon the weight of fuel as measured in.

Exchange is $17.95 to around 20 bucks. I do agree that many exchange tanks out of the filled cabinet feel light so I think there may be less gas volume for the money. I haven't weighed the exchange refills so I have no data to confirm if they are really lighter. vic
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:20 PM   #18
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Some RV dealers and campgrounds offer propane to refuel tanks. Check those out. Like most here, we never trade. Not a good idea for your camper needs.
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Some places charge a flat fee no matter the tank half full or completely empty. Other places charge you based on what they put in the tank. Uhaul usually charges how much the tank takes. BJ's near me is $14 for members, and the cheapest in New England is in Salem, NH @ dodge grain at $9.18 to fill an empty tank.


Wow. We are so overcharged. There are very few refill places left around here and they are over $20 bucks. The last exchange I got was $21.99.
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For years our best price was 10 bucks refill for a 20# in Niagara Falls, NY area. MT or 1/2 full tank, same refill price. Recently it went up to $12. Other locations refill based upon the weight of fuel as measured in.

Exchange is $17.95 to around 20 bucks. I do agree that many exchange tanks out of the filled cabinet feel light so I think there may be less gas volume for the money. I haven't weighed the exchange refills so I have no data to confirm if they are really lighter. vic

They only put 15lbs in the exchange tanks, its right on the label..... Here a 30lb empty tank refill is about 20 bucks and they weigh the tank so if its not empty you only pay for what get.
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