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Old 03-24-2004, 01:56 PM   #1
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Exclamation HELP - Need to empty LP tank for export

The individual that bought my 345 is having it shipped to England. The export service needs to LP tank to be empty.

My 345 has a 125 lb. LP tank which I just filled two months ago after my last trip. It is full.

My hot water heater is not working.
My furnaces do not work.
(both disclosed to buyer)
My only working LP appliance is the stove.

Today is Wednesday. I will be driving it to the shipyard on Friday. How do I get the tank empty by then? Is releasing that much LP into the air and environmental hazzard?
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Old 03-24-2004, 02:04 PM   #2
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Fred,
Have you called the local LP supplier to see if they will do a pump out? Or if the place that fills can empty it and you get a few $$ back?

I do not know if venting the Propane is an environmental issue, the smell is an additive, but the smell may linger after the tank is empty If you do decide to vent it I would do so away from the house and only if it is breezy.

I know when there have been propane trucks that crash they quite often allow them to vent so there is no Chance of a big boom.
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Old 03-24-2004, 02:18 PM   #3
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One place here (Amerigas) draws a vacuum on new tanks before they will fill them, maybe a local supplier will do the same. Do they have to be certified as empty?

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Old 03-29-2004, 10:07 PM   #4
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I could not find a place to remove the LP except for one that wanted $70 to do just what I did. I vented the LP slowly in my driveway on 2 breezy days but it went too slow. On Sunday I drove the MH to an open field, removed the main black line (that does restrict the flow significantly) and let it rip. About two hours later (and lots of frost on the bottom of the tank), it was empty. What a shame. I did shut off the ignition, house batteries, the water heater, the fridge, and anything else that might create a spark!

Jellybean III is now sitting lonely by itself at the shipyard in New Orleans awaiting shipment to England.
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most shipping compagny's also want the propane tankt to be purged and labeled by the company that did this
The seller had to do this when he shipped my overlander to the netherlands
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Lpg to be purged

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most shipping compagny's also want the propane tankt to be purged and labeled by the company that did this
The seller had to do this when he shipped my overlander to the netherlands
Remco
Hi were shipping an Airstream from Galvaston to UK
and need someone to do this for us
have you any ideas
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:44 PM   #7
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I.ll guess that a certified filling station can do this for you
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Lili, who is your freight forwarder handling your ocean freight and customs clearance? They should be able to give you the name of a freight handler or Stevedore that could assist with preloading preperation. Here is the url for the Port of Galveston. Port of Galveston Partners Scroll almost all the way down to the bottom of the page to the Terminal Operators section. There you'll find the list of RoRo operator/contacts. I would ask your fright forwarder who to contact to assist you.

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