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Old 09-19-2015, 09:57 PM   #1
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What to do about the propane tank?

Still brand new to my Jay Flight 145RB and LOVING it!! Done one dry camp and one hook up trip already!

Here's a question: At some point my propane tank will need to be filled. What do most of you long timers do? Take it somewhere to be refilled? Buy a new one? Refill yourself? Can you refill it on the fly while it's on your trailer at certain filling areas?

I did do a search to see if this had been asked before but didn't find a thread that addressed this specifically.

Thank you, thank you!!

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Old 09-19-2015, 10:18 PM   #2
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I've seen propane tank trucks refill tanks at many of the campgrounds which we've stayed. As long as your tank is in good condition, and the manufacture date isn't beyond 12 years old (it needs re-certification if older) then that may be a fairly painless option. You can ask whether the service is available at the campground office.

I don't know how the tank truck refill price compares to driving to a fill station.

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Old 09-19-2015, 10:30 PM   #3
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Filling at a station is cheaper than a swap.

I usually fill at stations until the tank expires, then I do a swap... Step and repeat.

Never had one re-qualified before, but I have a larger tank at home I need to get it done on. I assume it's not very expensive.

And yes, the tank can be refilled while it's on the trailer, just need to make sure the station you go to has the room for your trailer near the propane pump.
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:31 PM   #4
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Been to places where the tank trucks come they usually charge $1.00 per gallon more to fill your tank. I usually take the tank off and take it down to get it filled. Much cheaper in my mind.
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:33 PM   #5
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The tanks are removable and must be out of the TT to be filled. There are a multitude of places that will fill tanks. I live in a really small town, tourist area, and there are half a dozen places that fill tanks, you'll find them in a phone book. Class A's are another story.
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Best price is to remove the tanks and have them refilled.

Tank exchanges only have 20 pound tanks. I have a number of cop friends and all of them say do not use them.
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I have a number of cop friends and all of them say do not use them.
Why?
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Best price is to remove the tanks and have them refilled.

Tank exchanges only have 20 pound tanks. I have a number of cop friends and all of them say do not use them.
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Why?
My guess is because most/ if not all exchange tanks are only partially filled to 15lbs??? Should be interesting hear the reason why.
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My guess is because most/ if not all exchange tanks are only partially filled to 15lbs??? Should be interesting hear the reason why.
Two reasons : when filled to 15 lb. there is no chance of expansion in a hot area setting off the relief valve.
It looks more attractive price wise to a gullible public. The public assumes that they are buying a full tank!!!!
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We perform a full tank inspection which is included in the tank recertifying process.

Here is a description of what we do for you:

Check the tank date of manufacture
Check the tank for leaks
Check to make sure the tank has the required decals
Check the valve guard
Check the foot-ring
Check for dents & gouges
Check for rust
Replace the relief valve – This valve is set to release any excess pressure in the propane tank. The valve is equipped with a protective cap to keep the valve clean from water and debris. The relief valve must be replaced within 12 years of the date of manufacture of the container and every 10 years thereafter. See NFPA 58 Sec 2-3.2.5.
At the end of the process tanks will be stamped as recertified.
Cost to recertify is $35 + valve.
The price of the valves vary, estimated total cost is $55 & up.

Propane Tank Recertification | Ted Johnsone Propane
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Quick Summary

My recommendation: Refill your tank, unless it is out of date (and cannot be legally refilled without recertification).
If it is out of date, exchange it. Make sure you get one that can be refilled.

Major point: Exchange services under fill the tanks to only 15 lbs. rather than the about 20 lbs that they will safely hold. Refilling gives you the full capacity.

More detail is here.

Propane tank refill vs exchange - eLivermore.com
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The 30# tanks on the trailer we use in Florida are currently out of date. One is empty. We use so little propane that my plan is to fabricate some tank risers to keep the valves the same and change over to 20# exchange tanks rather than paying for recertification. That's opposite to wanting larger tanks like most people look to do.

I've seen the tanks refilled while mounted to the trailer. Maybe they are breaking the rules?

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