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Old 11-12-2006, 12:01 PM   #15
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I don't much care for those see-through gas bottles ; What fun would camping be without wondering if you have enough gas to make it through the night?

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It would be pretty cool watching the propane level drop when the furnace kicks on. Kind of like watching the gas gauge drop like the proverbial rock when you kick in the four barrels.
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Old 11-12-2006, 12:12 PM   #16
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I saw one of these at the state fair yesterday. Pretty neat, you could see the propane level easily.

Two manufacturers have DOT exemption for outdoor use of these cylinders, the one mentioned above, Lite Cylinder of Sweden and Tennessee, and Ragasco of Norway. Both were tested extensively before gaining approval.

The cylinders may be safer than steel when exposed to fire because the poly liner melts, letting the propane escape slowly through the wound fiberglass shell, rather than suddenly as in a steel tank that ruptures.

They are more expensive than steel, but cheaper than aluminum. About $80 for a 20lb tank.
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Old 11-12-2006, 02:03 PM   #17
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Interesting idea. The only reason I personally wouldn't purchase them is because they won't polish as nicely as the aluminum tanks do!
Ah, but Yuki, there is probably a new business opportunity in making custom "skins", including very bright polished aluminum, to put over these tanks ("tankotards" ... "tank warmers" ? ), allowing buyers to further customize them for their Airstream. The following year you could introduce a variety of "low propane warning" ring tones (perhaps including a subset of old Wally Byam campfire songs) that would chime in for those skin buyers who cannot now see the propane level hidden by the customized skins. I see a world of opportunity here, folks. True visionaries have become rich with similar substance-free schemes.
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Old 11-12-2006, 03:17 PM   #18
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If they are approved for Canada I think Janet might have just found my Christmas wish list item. These are really neat. I've requested confirmation that they are approved for use in Canada and hope to know in the next couple of days. Of course then it's a color decision - good thing I'm color blind.

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Old 11-12-2006, 10:06 PM   #19
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Interesting idea. The only reason I personally wouldn't purchase them is because they won't polish as nicely as the aluminum tanks do!
I can see somebody marketing an aluminum clad bottle with just a viewing slit that you could rotate to the back side.
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:57 PM   #20
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These are way cool! Way to go! I wonder if they come in moss green???? Or, maybe seafoam green? Hummmmm

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I saw those last year, but I think it was back when I was having trouble starting a new thread, so I never got to post it. I think they are ugly, but seeing what is actually in the tank is pretty cool. My tanks need to be re-certified, so I was looking for new ones. My propane guys told me I'd filled my current ones for the last time.
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:08 AM   #22
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I saw those last year, but I think it was back when I was having trouble starting a new thread, so I never got to post it. I think they are ugly, but seeing what is actually in the tank is pretty cool. My tanks need to be re-certified, so I was looking for new ones. My propane guys told me I'd filled my current ones for the last time.
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Are your tanks aluminum or steel? If they are aluminum I think it is more cost effective to recertify rather than replace?

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I like the idea of being able to see how much is left in the tank. Having said that, I think I would give them a couple years in wide distribution before trying them out (at least on the Trade Wind).
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I think that they look kinda cool. I think that I want two red ones, and I'll leave my tank cover at home.
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They're steel. They're just painted silver to match the trailer.
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Here is a link to a really fascinating bit of research about these tanks done by Battelle labs. There are pictures of the manufacturing process, fire tests and discussion about dot certification and a market analysis.
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They're steel. They're just painted silver to match the trailer.
In that case go for the new ones! I would go with Aluminum as a personal preference but those FRP ones are neat. I saw those for the first time about 4-5 years ago on a forklift in a warehouse.

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