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Old 12-09-2018, 11:32 AM   #1
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Help with this propane stamp code

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What is your reading of this expiring date?
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:35 AM   #2
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Should be ok.. they can recertify at the propane fill station. Go to a PROPANE dealer, not Tractor Supply, etc...
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:40 AM   #3
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The other original stamps i believe are original stamps on trailer

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Old 12-09-2018, 12:08 PM   #4
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off of a 2009 classic 30'. I'm the 3rd owner . First time to fill this tank, it is aluminum. Thank youAttachment 329353

what is your reading of this expiring date?
11/2008
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:38 PM   #5
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Thank you Terry
But was the tank recertified with the first photo?
The code that ends in CE?
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Old 12-10-2018, 12:54 PM   #6
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002212CE is the tank's serial number.
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Old 12-10-2018, 01:19 PM   #7
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Take your tanks for refill to a actual propane supply dealer...if the tanks need certification, they usually will do on the spot or you can pick up the next day. (Should not be expensive)
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:48 PM   #8
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:52 PM   #9
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Your tanks are good for 12 10 years from manufacturing date (11/08 as Terry pointed out) before they require recertification. So, you're good for another 2 years, then have them recertified. Aluminum tanks that haven't been heavily damaged will last indefinitely.

I either forgot or didn't know that DOT changed this regulation in 2017.

In the US they're only good for 10 years now, which fits with a later post about Canada.
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My understanding is that the tanks are only good for 10 years in Canada. Make sure you fill up before you cross the border.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:31 PM   #11
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It is a serial number. Thank you Kevin S. I wasn't sure at time. But the propane man also told me this today. He recertified it today. And current law it's goo for 10 years he said. Put a sticker on it. Thanks
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Old 12-13-2018, 04:40 PM   #12
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nice,,, how much does it cost to get recert on tanks??

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It is a serial number. Thank you Kevin S. I wasn't sure at time. But the propane man also told me this today. He recertified it today. And current law it's goo for 10 years he said. Put a sticker on it. Thanks
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Old 12-13-2018, 04:49 PM   #13
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I thought the original certification was good for either 10 or 12 years but that it has to be rectified every 5 years thereafter? Has that been changed?
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:24 PM   #14
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In Colorado at Amerigas, they re-certified my aluminum tanks last year for $10 each. Drop off one day, pick then up the next day.
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:53 PM   #15
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A recertification is good for only five years. If passes inspection. They do not re-stamp the tank or stamp over the original date. The re-certification is a sticker that is installed on the tank. Just had mind re-certified in Lake City Co Cost? Free yup Free took about 15 minutes for them to be inspected.
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Requalification is good for either 5 or 10 years, depending on the type of test.

Since the "visual" inspection is easiest to do, that is the most common. It is good for 5 years

From the link I provided in post #8:

• DOT 4-series propane cylinders must be requalified following their manufacture date every 5 or 10 years.
If no requalification date is present, 10-years from the date of manufacture.
If requalification was completed by the “Volumetric Expansion” method, as indicated by a valid RIN holder’s requalification mark, 10-years after that date.
If requalification was completed by the “Proof-Pressure” method, as indicated by a valid RIN holder’s requalification mark followed by an “S” 10-years after that date.
If requalification was completed by the “External Visual” method, as indicated by a valid RIN or VIN holder’s requalification mark followed by an “E” 5-years after that date.
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:53 PM   #17
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$12.00 here for recertified. In West GA. The gentleman certifying my tank says he is licenced to recertif y in any state he 's DOT national certified . And current law is 10 years. It could change has before.
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Old 12-23-2018, 11:37 PM   #18
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to answer you question.. its the 11 ^ 08... which clearly is past the re cert date... but alu tanks are good for life unless you dent or bend them. They do not rust... but do corrode inside.. so you will need to have them re-certed and then they can refill them...

One other thing that they don't tell you.. is the valve has to be the new OPD type... so if your like mine.. the old valves had the elect sensor and gauge in them.. the new opd's don't... so you have to go the old way by looking at the regulator and see if the tank has changed when empty...

To get the gauges back into them requires a new propane tank with a secondary port on the top deck.... however...

Their are new ways to find out if the propane is at what level in the tank... they put a sounder at the bottom and it then reports to you phone by blue tooth... how much propane each tank has... but...

Its expensive. The rest of us went back to the old look for the red marker in the regulator when empty.. remove and go get filled while its working on the second one...

While your at it though if you need one certified.. might as well take the two of them off the trailer and have 'em both done... then your good for another 7 years... and will have to have it done again...

Also when they change the new valve to OPD... you don't get the full tank anymore.. it comes up about a gallon short on each tank due to the auto shut off inside the tank with the new valve....

You dont have to change the hoses and fittings.. as they will go back into the new OPD valve...

In looking at your pic... the weight of the tank WC seems to be a bit high... is this a regular tank on the frame of the trailer ? or is it on a motorhome...

If its a side mounted (horz mounted ) tank.... you don't have to have it tested or certified.. as they are exempt...

Yep its just a money grab in the rv industry... as most propane tank won't rust from the inside out if propane is kept in them.. but they will rust from the outside in if not taken care of... and that is what they are trying to force out of the field...

Alu tanks should have been exempt except for visual inspection.. but the old tanks won't shut off if the hose burns off... like the new OPD ones will... so it was a resonable safety feature... along with other things that were designed into the OPD valves...

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While your at it though if you need one certified.. might as well take the two of them off the trailer and have 'em both done... then your good for another 7 years... and will have to have it done again...
The most common type of recertification in the US is the visual recertification. It is good for five years.

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Also when they change the new valve to OPD... you don't get the full tank anymore.. it comes up about a gallon short on each tank due to the auto shut off inside the tank with the new valve....
The regulations on filling have always been the same: 80% is the max fill. This applied before OPDs came along, and after. What has changed is the practice by home fillers to fill cylinders right to the top, a very dangerous practice. (Note, too, that professional fillers are not permitted to use the OPD as a means to determine when a cylinder is full.)


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I had mine recertified and they put a sticker on them. This was not acceptable in Canada and I wasn't able to get them refilled anywhere. I got them stamped when I got back.
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