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Old 02-03-2010, 08:04 PM   #1
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Is it true that you can get old 30# bottles filled, because they are on a Travel Trailer? With this new safety system on the bottles that will close the valve if there is too much gas flow. Will they allow you to run the furnace, the stove and oven, water heater and refer simultaneously without this safety valve closing. I heard that the safety valves were put on the smaller bottles to keep BBQ ers from blowing themselves up. My trailer has 35+ year old 30# bottles. They look in good shape (no dents or rust) on the outside but how can I tell if they are still safe to use?
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NO. You need OPD valves
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All bottles between 4 and 40 pounds must be fitted with the OPD upgrade or they can not be legally filled. After the upgrade the round valve knob will be triangular. It will shut off the flow if a hose is broken or if they are opened with no hose attached. I have run water heater, furnace and stove at the same time with no problems. Your 30 year old tanks will most likely need to be inspected and certified before you can fill them.
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:40 PM   #4
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I have had OPD valves put on 30 and 40 # tanks and have not had a problem. I heard the primary reason they are required is to prevent them from being overfilled.
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I have had OPD valves put on 30 and 40 # tanks and have not had a problem. I heard the primary reason they are required is to prevent them from being overfilled.
Approximately how much does it cost to get tanks updated to OPD valves?
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:53 PM   #6
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Approximately how much does it cost to get tanks updated to OPD valves?
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I think I paid about $25 about 5 years ago.
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:31 PM   #7
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Look up your local propane dealer in the yellow pages - give them a call - or call several to get the best price on converting to OPD valves and re-certified tanks...they are the experts...

I paid around $30 for the valve replacement and $10 to certify the tanks (each)...

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The price to update aluminum tanks may be a little higher, because they are generally taller, and require different valves. They also usually can be certified with a visual inspection rather than a hydrostatic test, such as normally done with steel tanks.
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The price to update aluminum tanks may be a little higher, because they are generally taller, and require different valves. They also usually can be certified with a visual inspection rather than a hydrostatic test, such as normally done with steel tanks.
The 20# were the cheepist. The 30# & 40# were a couple dollars more. I remember they wanted over $30 for my 5lb. As for the recert. , he looked and said unless you drop it the aluminum tanks will last a lifetime.
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As for the recert. , he looked and said unless you drop it the aluminum tanks will last a lifetime.
...So they passed the visual inspection...
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OK, got a quote of $60 each to recertify and change OPD valves for 30# aluminum tanks. Good price or keep looking? New steel tanks are about $50 each. Thanks. Jack
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OK, got a quote of $60 each to recertify and change OPD valves for 30# aluminum tanks. Good price or keep looking? New steel tanks are about $50 each. Thanks. Jack
Considering the price of new aluminum tanks, I'd say that $60 is a good price. Unless you really want steel tanks.
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I paid 75 bucks . But that included filling them up.
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