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Old 01-27-2004, 08:36 AM   #1
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New Propane Tanks...

I have been calling around the Tampa area to see about having my propane tanks updated, and the consensus of opinion is that it is cheaper to get new ones than to have the old ones outfitted with OPD.

BTW, mine are not the aluminum tanks.

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My local propane distributor gave me a price of $63.35 for a new 30lb tank with gas. I believe CW has them for $65.00, and I doubt that they come filled. I'm not sure what it costs to have them filled. Anyone?

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Old 01-27-2004, 09:03 AM   #2
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Sounds like a good deal to me. My last fills were about $15 each for 30# tanks.
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Old 01-27-2004, 09:10 AM   #3
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I thought that sounded good.

Quick question on the regulator....

I only have one tank hooked up now, and all systems seem to be functioning. Is there any reason to change the regulator? I believe it is supposed to automatically switch to the second tank, but until I get out there and use up some propane, I won't know if it works.

I see new automatic regulators are around $40 at CW. Is it advisable to change out the reg?

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Old 01-27-2004, 11:08 AM   #4
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Turning off the valve on the tank that is in use simulating a tank that is out of gas and the requlator should change to the full or open tank. The regulators are pressure driven.
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Old 01-27-2004, 11:30 AM   #5
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propane tanks

I dont think gthere is any diffrence and I saw 30# tanks for sale @ Lowes for $45 I would guess the same @ home depot.
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Re: New Propane Tanks...

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I have been calling around the Tampa area to see about having my propane tanks updated, and the consensus of opinion is that it is cheaper to get new ones than to have the old ones outfitted with OPD.

BTW, mine are not the aluminum tanks.

FYI...

My local propane distributor gave me a price of $63.35 for a new 30lb tank with gas. I believe CW has them for $65.00, and I doubt that they come filled. I'm not sure what it costs to have them filled. Anyone?

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Old 01-31-2004, 09:59 AM   #7
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The cost of tanks in this area is around 60$, so you're quoted a price that's within reason`~
To refill the tanks, check and see if you have a "Flying J" truck center near you..The price to refill at the RV service island can be very reasonable. For that matter, any of the Truck Stops that cater to RV business should have a propane refill station.
15$ to refill is very much average..The cheapest I've ever found was 13$ at a local RV dealer. (last summer and, that's the key..it's bound to be very much season driven!@)
Now about your pressure regulator..I really know of no reason to dump it unless its been damaged` or leaking..They're very simple, design-wise, and, made to last for almost forever.
Having said that, lol..let me say this: Last year when I bought new tanks, I replaced my regulator..not because it needed it but, simply because it was almost 20 yrs old..I kept it for a spare or in case someone needs one..
Point is..They just seem to last forever~I also understand, that one could order repair kits for them or, better yet, have it repaired. Someone "will pop" on here and tell you, I'm sure..not to repair it yourself..that makes sense..But, I feel it's not beyond the scope of an average person..As always, SAFETY FIRST ~Whenever working around gas..
Good luck to you~
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just a note for everyone about the tanks sold at most home centers, they will need to be purged before filling by your propane dealer.

not much of a big deal, or cost.

just wanted to point it out for everyone, you just can't grab a tank at home depot and run out and get it filled at your flyingJ etc without having it purged first.

$63 bucks for a filled new tank seems like a good price.

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Thumbs up Thanks for the info..

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You're so right~!~
When I took mine over to the local RVcenter, they did that for me.
As you stated, it's no big deal to do but~"It needs to be done"~
Thanks again for bring that up~
btw, is it getting warmer there YET?? lol

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The price I quoted above was from a "Propane" company. Everything ready to go and filled. It actually saves me money to just buy it from the guy that will fill it. One less trip somewhere!
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20# tanks

Our little trailer has 20# tanks. I scrounged up some OLD ones, by old, I mean the recert dates were in roman numerals, and took them to Wal-Mart, and exchanged them for current, filled, OPD equipped ones for around $22.95 each. Straight swap with current tanks/OPD is less. IIRC, it was about $14.95. Also, the 20 pounders are easier to carry, although they need to be carried more often. Another option, plus it would also have a positive effect on tongue weight.
20 pounds is 20 pounds.
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