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Old 10-13-2006, 08:58 PM   #15
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We have original Worthington tanks - made here in Columbus Ohio. Our 71 was purchased in July - one tank had been recertified in 06/04 with new OPD - the other original. Bought a new OPD for the other and tried to replace myself - didn't have the right tool to tighten it enough.

Took both to a SOB RV dealer for refill - they tightened the the new valve for free and filled both tanks. Advised us to take the recertification number engraved on the first tank and engrave it with a Dremmel in the second and "you'll be good for another 10 years". "Certification is required every 12 years". "These are Worthington aluminum tanks - you'll not have any problems with them" was the advise.

Took the tanks back to the campground where we have her parked for now. Neighbor stopped by and said those are odd tanks - look like aluminum. I had one of those but it cost so much to change the valve we just switched to a new steel tank. Smiled and went back to work.......
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Old 10-28-2006, 07:39 AM   #16
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I receintly got my 87 32' excella, the propane tanks were updated, would any know where I can get the outside sensors to monitor the LP gas level in the tanks from the control panel??
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Old 10-28-2006, 07:40 AM   #17
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And would that same sensor run the outside temperature gauge also on the control panel??
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Old 10-28-2006, 08:45 PM   #18
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Hi, Squishey,

Last year the A/S dealer near Grand Rapids MI parts guy told me that I could order the tanks and probes from Airstream that would work with the panel on my '79 -- for five hundred dollars each.

I said, "Thank you."

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On edit, that's "Grand Rapids," not "Grand Rabids."
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Old 03-24-2007, 07:14 AM   #19
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Hi all,

The picture is of my newly acquired old '74Argy26 undergoing a renewal. Are the propane tanks original and therefore in need of replacement?

Thanks!
Oh yea! Aluminum all the way. My two new 30# came the other day. Paid big buck for the Worthingtons but worth every penny. Once you polish them up don't forget to lock them up. Changing the valves is really worth it.
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:41 PM   #20
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So far I have been told in Texas and New Mexico at various propane dealers that there isn't a new OPD valve that will fit the horizontal aluminum tanks. They just want to slap a sticker on it saying it is safe, but my valve threads are wearing down anyway and I need to replace them. Right now I am at American RV part located at Anthony, Texas. Does anybody know of a propane dealer in West Texas or Southern New Mexico that could replace them for me? I am getting tired of the run around. Thanks,

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Old 04-11-2007, 07:55 PM   #21
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And would that same sensor run the outside temperature gauge also on the control panel??
Nope two totally different sensors.

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Old 07-10-2007, 06:02 PM   #22
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What in the world makes aluminum tanks worth more than 5 times the steel ones? Is it just for looks?? Weights a non issue as it re-cert requirements so it has to be a vanity thing.
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Old 07-10-2007, 06:16 PM   #23
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What in the world makes aluminum tanks worth more than 5 times the steel ones? Is it just for looks?? Weights a non issue as it re-cert requirements so it has to be a vanity thing.
Sundance,

Weight is an issue, the aluminum tanks weigh less than a steel tank. Aluminum tanks don't rust and our trailers last much longer than SOBs. My newest Airstream is 28 years old with the original aluminum tanks, I am not sure that if the tanks were steel that they would still be safe. FYI, new Airstreams come with steel tanks.

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Old 07-10-2007, 06:20 PM   #24
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hey Bill..........

My 73' Argosy still have the stock original steel tanks and they look great.

I'm going ahead and installing OPD's and re-cert if I can't sneak them by the refill :-)
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hey Bill..........

My 73' Argosy still have the stock original steel tanks and they look great.

I'm going ahead and installing OPD's and re-cert if I can't sneak them by the refill :-)
Steel tanks rust on the inside also and you wont know it. Most places do not want to recertify steel tanks.
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Old 07-10-2007, 07:24 PM   #26
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So far I have been told in Texas and New Mexico at various propane dealers that there isn't a new OPD valve that will fit the horizontal aluminum tanks. They just want to slap a sticker on it saying it is safe, but my valve threads are wearing down anyway and I need to replace them. Right now I am at American RV part located at Anthony, Texas. Does anybody know of a propane dealer in West Texas or Southern New Mexico that could replace them for me? I am getting tired of the run around. Thanks,

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Different regulations for horizontal tanks , I don't think they have an OPD valve for them . Check with a place that handles gases for welding and medical use they may know better. Or a Forklift dealer.
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My 06 classic has aluminum tanks. I beleive the safari's have steel.
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My 06 classic has aluminum tanks. I beleive the safari's have steel.
It was a Safari that I looked at with the steel tanks.

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