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Old 10-04-2010, 12:04 PM   #29
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There are still some campgrounds that sell propane and some smaller service-oriented propane dealers. Portable tanks do have to be removed from the vehicle to be filled, because they have to be weighed, but the right place will do that for you.
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Old 10-04-2010, 12:42 PM   #30
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Went out to see if I could remove the tank for refill and I couldn't even raise the tank cover...
use a step stool or 3 step ladder.

open the top, remove the wingnut, disconnect the wire sensors.

close and RElatch the cover.

now lift the cover with both hands straight up.

once the cover is off the empty tank is much easier to handle.

but you may not be able to put a full tank back/UP on the A frame.

hopefully only 1 is empty and your man-handler will be around soon.

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Old 10-04-2010, 01:07 PM   #31
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Being vericially challenged...that's a good reminder too, the ladder goes out next. I'll give it another go trying to be on top of things. I already begged help so it's off for now. Let's see if I can get it into the Burb empty behind the front seat. Thanks for the tips. If I only empty one at a time I should be able to locate "manhandler" some where before time becomes critical. Must I carry beer?
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Carol,

FWIW, in Washington State you have to remove the tanks before filling, at least that is what I have been told by more than one propane filler upper guy at the stations I use.

I have yet to purchase propane by weight as a previous poster mentioned. We buy by the gallon. When I asked why I had to remove the tanks the response had something to do with some safety regulation. I have been doing this for more than 20 years now and the requirement to remove the tanks is a relatively new one.

I have two 30 pounders and I wouldn't want to man handle anything larger. Remember.......it isn't always about the size of things.
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slide the passenger seat full forward.

place empty UPright in the foot space.

slide passenger seat back till snug.

cover tank with plastic bucket, open window for venting.

a 40 lb aluminum tank weighs LESS than a 30 lb steel tank empty...

so they'll be about the same weight full (3-5# difference)

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...Must I carry beer?
and YES carry beer, lifting tanks or calling for help leads to thirst.



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Carol,

FWIW, in Washington State you have to remove the tanks before filling, at least that is what I have been told by more than one propane filler upper guy at the stations I use.

I have yet to purchase propane by weight as a previous poster mentioned. We buy by the gallon. When I asked why I had to remove the tanks the response had something to do with some safety regulation. I have been doing this for more than 20 years now and the requirement to remove the tanks is a relatively new one.

I have two 30 pounders and I wouldn't want to man handle anything larger. Remember.......it isn't always about the size of things.
They charge by the gallon but fill by weight using the tare stamped on the ring. At least they're supposed to. Shortcuts are often taken.
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Thanks all, Bill and Jammer and Aftermath and 2Air. I plan on trying to refill one as soon as possible, as I suppose they were intended to be used. We are still opertaing on the same tank that was full in March and now I want to fill both before the extended trip. The smaller ones would be slightly more managable for me but this is what we have so I will work around. I will have paid electric but will still be running the propane for two months in winter to keep the tanks from freezing.
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I think I have been out of touch too long. Trip??? Extended trip?? Where are you headed, Carol?
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I'm going to go help Santa at Amazon.com in Kentucky Lou.
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