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Old 05-13-2002, 04:45 PM   #1
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Propane Tanks - New OPD Needed?

I just purchased a 1979 31' Airstream that came with 2 x 40 gal. propane tanks. The tanks are not fitted with the OPD which is apparently required on 40 gal tanks or smaller. Can I have a new regulator with the OPD installed by an RV dealer on the tanks? The gentleman that I purchased the trailer from said that the new OPD's run about $18.00 each. Thanks, AJ
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Old 05-13-2002, 06:04 PM   #2
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Wink new OPD valves

The gentleman you spoke to is right: had it done in Texas. The tank must be empty. I paid the same. You can use the old supply lines but the new ones are easier to tighten. You can use the same regulator! Unless you want to trade up to the automatic one , about $38 .
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Old 05-13-2002, 09:45 PM   #3
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A friend of mine found a place in Nashville, TN. changing the valves out for $10 each. He had 4 tank valves replaced for a total of $40 while he waited. They also tested the tanks also. I talked with one of our Fire Safety Inspectors and found that TN. has not followed the OPD mandate until the TOSHA requirements have been rewritten. I wondered why I saw tanks last week being filled and they still had regular valves. Guess I'd better get off my duff and have my tanks changed over before the price goes up on me.
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Thumbs up OPD valves

David $10 bucks is a good deal.
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Old 05-14-2002, 06:36 PM   #5
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I couldn't believe it when I heard it because I had been quoted more than this just for the valve. I'm waiting for my bud to call back to get the name of the place and their phone #.
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Old 05-18-2002, 03:09 PM   #6
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I had mine replaced up in Telemook OR. It was $20 for valve replacement & $5. for certification. $50. for both tanks. When I checked in Calif, they said $75. per tank about a year ago. Darn near paid to drive up there.
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This OPD thing is nothing but a big scam. The government is forcing us to pay for propane companies incompetance. They hire losers that can't read a scale right, blow up a few distribution centers, and WE THE CONSUMER, have to pay the price. I will admit however that the new valves are easier to hook up, and are safer, but I hate having things like this rammed down my throat. Been using the old valves for 30 years and never had a problem. Sorry for venting! Propane exchange at corner store went up to $21.99 from $14.99 on April 1, BTW.
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If we came up with enough dollars, we could pay off enough legisators, we could get. them to change back to the old valves. All it takes is money to get them to do anything!
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The OPD valve is a real asset to everyone. The number of incompetent people that fill bottles for the RV owners as well as for grilles, is unreal. They want to fill them as much as possible, to sell you more as well as charge you more. The gasoline companies that permit their stations to do that go unchecked.
The bottom line result is that tanks with OPD valves cannot be over filled. That simple fact will save some lives, prevent some fires, as well as prevent some injuries to people.
There are all too many "HORROR" stories, because LPG tanks were over filled.
Therefore, we should all be grateful that the feds stepped into this picture.
IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE 30 YEARS AGO.
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OPD Valves

Much as I am irritated at having to replace several propane tanks (and also wondering how many will be dumped along side the road), I did have one experience with overfill that could have been catastrophic. I had taken a tank from my barbecue to be refilled and was on the way home with the tank inside the car. The weather was warm and part way home the relief valve on the tank blew. So there I am, driving down the road with the tank venting propane into the passenger compartment. I quickly opened a window (manual crank) to get some airflow through the car. A minor spark could have caused interesting results. Perhaps an isolated case, but at a later date I had a tank refilled at a summer resort and the kid doing the fill hadn't the slightest idea of the correct procedure.
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One of my 40 lb. tanks does not have the OPD valve so it was the tank I used during deer season in 2001. There was 1/4 of a tank left when I had it refilled just a few days prior to April of this year. I had planned to forestall the inevitable OPD valve change. During the April turkey season I used the propane from the OPD tank only. It got hot today and I noticed that the non OPD tank was hissing due to the sun shining directly on the side of the tank. I opened the valve filled the lines in my trailer and then placed a towel over the tank. The hissing stopped within 20 seconds. I guess that tank was slightly overfilled and the valve did its job on a hot day. I will have to remember to burn off some of the propane in that tank within the next few days. The inlaws as well as my mother and sister will be here for one of my son's graduation so we have given up our king sized bed and will sleep in the trailer.

By the way, i'm also one who has experienced a valve opening inside a vehicle on the way back to the house. It just started hissing rather than letting loose but it sure worried me. I'm not one who appreciates the gov't. getting involved in my life either but I understand the reason behind it. Standards are fine unless inept individuals do something wrong and blow us all up.
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Alan. What you experienced is very common. Over fills are potential killers.
If one life or injury is prevented, then the entire program is worth it.
Granted, there are LPG dispensers that abide by the rules, unfortunately, it appears that they are in the vast "minority."
Safety, should be a concern by all of us, all the time.
No exceptions!!
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Re: Propane Tanks - New OPD Needed?

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I just purchased a 1979 31' Airstream that came with 2 x 40 gal. propane tanks. The tanks are not fitted with the OPD which is apparently required on 40 gal tanks or smaller. Can I have a new regulator with the OPD installed by an RV dealer on the tanks? The gentleman that I purchased the trailer from said that the new OPD's run about $18.00 each. Thanks, AJ
I had my aluminum tanks changed to OPD valves Saturday by V-1 Propane on the frontage road in Billings. Cost $18.50 per tank.

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OPD Valve

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I brought the AS into Pierce RV for a general checkup and had them replace the valves with the OPD's. I believe that they brought it to V-1 (I know they took it offsite to have the work done). They also replaced the hoses. Unfortunately the new configuration does not have a gague on it which I would have preferred (they would have had to have ordered them and it would have taken a few weeks to get them). AJ
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