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Old 11-25-2005, 09:33 PM   #15
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Who inspects the steel tanks?
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Old 11-25-2005, 11:23 PM   #16
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see appendix L http://www.nwcg.gov/pms/pubs/PMS448/AppxL.pdf

or see RV Basics http://rvbasics.com/techtips/propanevalves.html

I haven't seen anything that distinguishes between steel and aluminum tanks as far as recertification inspections. every 5 years after the first 12.

A recertification inspection is simply a visual inspection by a DOT certified tech who then stamps a new date on the tank. This means a propane distributor or some larger RV shops.
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Old 11-26-2005, 10:05 AM   #17
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Ok here's a stupid question. Who comes by and inspects your tanks. There are no dates on mine, so who will know when they were converted and need inspecting. I don't know if mine are steel or not. I painted them to match the Argosy. I guess I could try that magnet thing.
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Old 11-26-2005, 10:31 AM   #18
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Ok here's a stupid question. Who comes by and inspects your tanks. There are no dates on mine, so who will know when they were converted and need inspecting. I don't know if mine are steel or not. I painted them to match the Argosy. I guess I could try that magnet thing.
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There will be a date on them somewhere, typically it is stamped into the collar. No one will come by your house and check them, they will look at them when you go to refill. If you have the OPD's installed by service center they should re-certifiy the tanks for you, then they will add a stamp to the date on the collar. I have some 100# "cook stove" tanks with dates from the 50's on them sitting in the barn, they are no longer legal and can't be certified because they don't have the safety collars on them. The magnet trick will work or you can scrape the paint and let them sit out all winter

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Old 12-16-2005, 12:00 PM   #19
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I myself have chosen 40# alluminum tanks for wy money-pit.
The reasons are as follows.
They will never leave a rust stain.
they are lighter.
they will never spark when mishandled.
Just bight the bullet; it's not like this a many time replaced part. These tanks could be with you for life. SPLURGE and buy the good ones.
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Old 01-13-2006, 10:35 PM   #20
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Yah man, I'm gonna get the dual 40# aluminum tanks. No use being a cheapie !!
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Old 01-14-2006, 09:52 PM   #21
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When I purchased my '77 4 1/2 yrs. ago, one of the tanks had an OPD valve on it and the other didn't. I remember several dates stamped on the collar of the OPD valved tank. After a couple of years I took the other tank in and had an OPD valve put on it. The Suburban Propane guy inspected it and I think a new date was stamped on the collar best I can remember.
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