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Old 08-12-2016, 12:16 AM   #1
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New tanks, or re-certify?

Hi, right now I have two relatively full propane tanks. But they are now dated as over 12 years old. Legally, it is not legal to refill these tanks unless replaced or re-certified. Re-certifying these tanks are for 5 years, and then what? Five more?

I checked the dates; My trailer was built in 2004. One tank is dated 2004 and the other one is dated in 2003. About six months older. I would have expected both propane tanks to have the same date. I never paid any attention to these tanks dates until now.


If this situation has been posted before, I missed it.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:44 AM   #2
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I'm guessing it's a matter of doing the math and then factoring that by how long you expect to be using those tanks. The math is pretty universal, the other part is strictly personal.

What is rediculous about this new procedure/law is how simple the test is and how much some are charging to perform it.

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Old 08-12-2016, 01:20 AM   #3
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Hi, I just done some more searching a read some interesting stories. In Canada propane tanks are good for 10 years and they don't recognize the US 5 year re-certification. Prices to certify are all over the place. Some places inspect for leaks and physical condition. And some places want the tanks to be empty, or they will burn off what is in the tank.

Note: this is some of what I read, but not necessarily true facts.
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Old 08-12-2016, 03:58 AM   #4
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If they are the aluminum tanks it is usually well worth having them recertified, aluminum tanks are expensive to replace. I had mine recertified for free, had the place that fills our company fork lift tanks do it as a courtesy. If you have steel tanks it is probably a wash in terms of cost.

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Bob,

What do they actually do to re-certify?

I noticed one valve was broken last Spring, so I replaced both, soap test, checked for corrosion,(aluminum), purged & filled at CW and used my "certify" kit.

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Old 08-12-2016, 04:39 AM   #6
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my last Airstream was a 1985 and the tanks were dated 1973 other than putting in new OPD valves they were in great shape and had them re certified .
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Each state in the US can have their own re-certification laws, but they have to meet the minimum set by the US government. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...,d.eWE&cad=rja


Where I live in both NC and FL, there is a certification type that is called "visual". The vendor installs a stick on label that identifies them and states the type of inspection. This type of test has to be done every 5 years once the bottle is re-certified. I've had some vendors do this test for free when I fill up at the same time. Other vendors have charged ~$10-$12.

There is second type of test, not sure exactly what they call it, but the bottle is pressurize so that they can test for leaks and function of the safety devices. I've never seen this test and I do not know how the tank is marked.

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X2 on the recertification kit!
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My aluminum tanks are original, manufactured in 1976. Updated valves were installed 15 years ago. Never had a problem.

BTW - My tanks were "re-certified" last year. I got my "kit" from Harbor Freight.

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Each state in the US can have their own re-certification laws, but they have to meet the minimum set by the US government. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...,d.eWE&cad=rja


Where I live in both NC and FL, there is a certification type that is called "visual". The vendor installs a stick on label that identifies them and states the type of inspection. This type of test has to be done every 5 years once the bottle is re-certified. I've had some vendors do this test for free when I fill up at the same time. Other vendors have charged ~$10-$12.

There is second type of test, not sure exactly what they call it, but the bottle is pressurize so that they can test for leaks and function of the safety devices. I've never seen this test and I do not know how the tank is marked.

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Possibly water test the cylinder. The cylinders fall under DOT regs. To be properly recertified you can do a visual every 5 years or a pressure test and be good for 7, the tag and recert dates also have to have a RIN or VIN number associated with it. Those are the numbers of the place that did the actual testing. Whether the refill station knows what they are looking for is very questionable. My FIL took a tank that was 25 years old no OPD but looked like brand new up and had it filled at one place no problem. However that same fill place would not touch my almost new Viking FRP cylinder.... go figure.

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I re-certified.

My tanks were an awful brown color, original with trailer, 1973. Last certified in 1998, when they changed out the top portion. I took them down and it was 10 bucks per tank to re-certify. Sanded a little rust off, then got a couple cans of paint, and here's what I ended up with. I was surprised by the results.
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LP tank replacement

Bob.... I decided to replace my LP tanks on my 2005 Safari, I'm planning on keeping my trailer a few more years and maybe longer. After traveling around the country for awhile and realizing just how bad the roads are in the country, I decided new tanks were in order to provent any LP issues. I purchased new 30 gal tanks from Bimart when on sale and had them purged for $5.00 each at Ferrell Gas.

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My first reaction (brainstorming mode) would be to find a place that does tank exchange instead of refilling.

Quite common for 20 lb tanks, not so for 30 lb but I have seen a few. Not sure if they check the dates on your trade in, I've never had the date checked on a 20 lb trade in.


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I have aluminum tanks. I get them re-certified when needed. Sometimes it has been free. The first time I took them to a company that actually pressure tested them and changed the valves. That was fairly costly. Steel ones, I might consider just buying new ones. Have not priced it
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