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Old 03-29-2005, 03:45 PM   #1
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Exchangeable bottles???

I have a question about tanks. There are many places that you can give them
an empty, and they will exchange it with a full one instead of filling the ones that came with the airstream. Any problems with going that route?
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Old 03-29-2005, 03:50 PM   #2
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It's really expensive in my part of the world. Those swapable tanks are about 5 times the cost of refill-it yourself propane. I haven't looked closely but the tank quality doesn't look great either. Our Argosy came with painted aluminum worthington tanks. If you need to update old valves on your tanks and they are good tanks it is probably worth the upfront cost.
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Old 03-29-2005, 03:56 PM   #3
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Propane tanks

We looked into the Worthington tanks, they look way cool, but we opted for the exchangable tanks with a cover. We try to re-fill when possible, we like to have the choice.
PS when I do exchange I try to get the newest looking tank in the rack.
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Old 03-29-2005, 04:42 PM   #4
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Wow, in our part of the the world, the only exchangable tanks are the 5-gallon variety, not the 7-gallon variety common to most RVs.

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I agree with Janet. I just paid $27 to swap a pair of 20-lb Blue Rhino tanks, whereas I was able to fill my pair of 30-lb tanks for $30. You pay for convenience ... but it is undeniably convenient.
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Aluminum Tanks

I didn't know I had aluminum tanks until I had to get one filled and updated at the local propane supplier. They said I would have to pay a little extra for a new OPD to fit the AL tank. When I found out how much new 20# AL tank cost I was very pleased to shell out a few extra bucks. If the tanks are good keep 'em. Mine cleaned up nicely and with a quick spray of clearcoat have looked good for longer than I hoped for.
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Old 03-29-2005, 08:53 PM   #7
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I just purchased a new 16 ccd with the cool alum covers for the tank. My question is it comes with 20gal tanks, can you exchange larger tanks and still use the original
tank cover that comes with the unit? Are they much taller and what would be the
next step up that would work with the factory original cover... thanks.. mike
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Unfortunately we learned this this weekend on the Vintage Thunder project We had a CCD cover to put on the propane bottles, but we have 30 pounders on it for now..........

The 30 LB bottles are too tall. There is not a in between size.....

Anyone need a CCD bottle cover, never installed??
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I have a question about tanks. There are many places that you can give them
an empty, and they will exchange it with a full one instead of filling the ones that came with the airstream. Any problems with going that route?
I would rather use the same tank, but to do so, I have to drive about 30 miles or more, round trip, through the city. This can be an hour and a half or better, so I just bite the bullet and get the refillable tanks from WallyWorld. They are right out front of my neighborhood, and each one costs $14.95, versus $9.00 to get a tank filled.
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I kept my orginal tanks and installed new OPD valves in them. I had the tanks recertified by a propane dealer. You can search the threads from last summer on propane tanks there is a lot of info.
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Maybe it is because of a history or something but my local propane suppliers don't care if the tanks are OPD or not.
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Mike, What size are the tanks? When I had my first 20# tank fitted with the OPD, a year or so after they were required, I remember asking the guy if even the heavy duty RV tanks needed the new valves. While I may be having another lapse of memory, (or is that judgement), I believe the answer was that any tank 20# or less needed an OPD.
The local supplier handles all sizes and I have been there while the caterers come in with the giant 50#'s and I don't think they have the new valves?
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Unfortunately we learned this this weekend on the Vintage Thunder project We had a CCD cover to put on the propane bottles, but we have 30 pounders on it for now..........

The 30 LB bottles are too tall. There is not a in between size.....

Anyone need a CCD bottle cover, never installed??
How much too tall are the bottles? On my CCD cover the top plate is down about 3 inches from the top of the cover. Could you cut two circular holes in the top for the valves to stick through and maybe get Madonna's metal bra to cover the holes?
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The over all cover is the same height as the 30 LB bottles. We would have to cut rather large holes to allow the entire top collar of the bottles to fit thru.
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