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Old 08-25-2010, 08:56 PM   #1
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Horizonal 40# bottle for 99 34 Limited

We're on the road in Arizona and I took one of our bottles to be filled and they said they couldn't fill it, and that the valve had a small dent on one side of it... Couldn't replace the valve either.....Went to the Airstream dealer in Tucson, he wants to sell me a new bottle for $700+ Seems kind of extreme to me for one bottle.....Any ideas where I can get either a new valve or maybe find a used bottle that will fit??? These are the Worthington Aluminum horizontal 40 pounders....
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:06 PM   #2
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We're on the road in Arizona and I took one of our bottles to be filled and they said they couldn't fill it, and that the valve had a small dent on one side of it... Couldn't replace the valve either.....Went to the Airstream dealer in Tucson, he wants to sell me a new bottle for $700+ Seems kind of extreme to me for one bottle.....Any ideas where I can get either a new valve or maybe find a used bottle that will fit??? These are the Worthington Aluminum horizontal 40 pounders....
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:47 PM   #3
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Horizontal bottles have horizontal valves. Vertical cylinders have vertical valves. I would suggest you go to a larger propane suppliers who might be able to sell you a new horizontal valve.
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:28 AM   #4
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I second dwightdi - go see your local propane dealer (not the fill-up guys). I've had my valves replaced at resonable cost. Even though mine are vertical, I believe they would have helped me with whatever I needed.

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Old 08-26-2010, 11:24 AM   #5
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Try Barnett's Propane, on freeway access road, eastbound I-10 between 22nd and 29th street in Tucson, they may be able to help you if anyone can.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:24 AM   #6
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Horizontal tanks pose a particular problem. The tanks cannot have OPD valves retrofitted because the new horizontal OPD valves require a separate fill port instead of being filled through the service port. A new tank will have the extra port, and will have a frame so that it's always in a consistent orientation when in use. As a result, it won't fit in your existing propane locker without modification.

Because of the costs, horizontal tanks are exempted from the OPD requirements at least in some jurisdictions. Not all dealers know this and some who do still won't fill them because of insurance regulations.

It would be most unusual for a valve to be dented. If something really happened to the valve, well, yes, you should get a replacement tank, from Vintage Trailer Supply or someplace else on the web, realizing that it will have to be modified. There are threads on that here.

You may wish to find a way to safely utilize a 20# grill tank in the meantime.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:35 AM   #7
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Here is a thread on retrofitting new horizontal tanks. Only 30# tanks will fit, not 40#, and the stand welded to the tank has to be cut slightly:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f287...ada-54494.html

Also, here is another source for horizontal tanks:

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Old 08-26-2010, 11:45 AM   #8
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There maybe another reason they would not fill your bottle. I kinda question the dent in a valve thing. Check the bottle certify dates.They may need re certified,and the guy just didnt want to deal with it or couldn't. Now I have NO experience with re-certifiying of propane bottles. I do know that mine have 2 more yrs before they are due and in this state,re-certify is only good for 5 and after the 5 only 1 and then replacement according to my gas dealer who supplies all my oxy-acetylene and gases for my mig welder.
I with other posters ,shop around, also look into leasing your bottles from your local gas supplier,it might be cheaper in the long run. GOOD LUCK
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:23 PM   #9
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Something's up with that. DOT recertification is regulated at the federal level, see 49 CFR 173.34, and allows re-certifications to continue at 5 year intervals as long as the cylinder doesn't fail.
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The visual recertification is good for 5 years, each time as long as the cylinder is in good shape.
The initial tank certification from the factory is , I believe, good for 12 years.

There are a few places (Certified Cylinder, crossville,TN) that can hydro test a tank and recertify it for 12 more years, unfortunately the average filling place does not know that so you are as well of with the visual 5 year
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I've talked to all the major propane places in Tucson and they've all said the same thing... The valves can't be replaced and the bottle must be taken out of use.......Bummer.....
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