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Old 02-21-2016, 09:19 AM   #15
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Aging Propane Tank

I have 2 40lb horizontal tanks and have never been refused filling and they don't have OPD fittings.
Costco has the best price per gallon
Out there. Currently $1.33 gal.
The tank holds 10 gallons but I don't fill it past 9.
There is also an OPD exemption for any tanks installed prior to to 2003..
(Google "OPD exemption for Horizontal propane tanks")

http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product....ry&src=catalog
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Old 02-21-2016, 10:44 PM   #16
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Hmmm... Well, looks like I am in the clear. I see nothing about the tanks aging out or needing re-certification. I'll go ahead and wire brush the flaking paint off, and put some rustoleum on.

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Old 02-24-2016, 08:45 PM   #17
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Odd that we have no official information on this. I went to Suburban this morning to ask about sanding and painting my tank and was told that you don't do that, just replace the tank as they are only good for 12 years.



Now this thread I discover says fixed tanks have longer lives than portable. I buy that as I have NEVER heard about 12 year tanks, and I am 3rd generation RV.



If anyone has more official information on tank certifications, or maybe just on sanding a tank full of explosive gas.



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I have 12 year old tanks that I just got recertification by Blue Star Gas in Santa Rosa, Ca. It's good for another 5 years. Took about 10 min and cost me $15.
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Old 02-24-2016, 11:28 PM   #18
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propane leak

My 95 land yacht had a leak in the pressure relief valve on the 36 gal steel propane tank. The mayor propane shop took a BIG bar wrench and backed out the valve and put in a new one. Go to, a major propane dealer and they should be able change your filler valve with no problem. Here in Calif if your tank is permanently installed it does not have to be certified. That tank can be fixed at a propane dealer, not a filler place. Good Luck
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Old 07-16-2016, 08:16 PM   #19
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Finally got going with the tank. I scrapped off the rust

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But a LOT of the paint came off and started to show rust that I couldn't get to from the front. Started to think about having someone do it. My mechanic came and took the tank, that gave me easy access to the front side of the basement that apparently has had the protective spray worn off and rust formed.

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I took the opportunity to spray Rust Reformer on the freshly scraped metal while the tank is out being repaired. I may even decide to put more undercoating on before taking the RV back out in the world.

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My local Southern States won't fill my aluminum tank, but the local propane distributor will.
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Old 07-17-2016, 02:18 PM   #21
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Finally got going with the tank. I scrapped off the rust

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But a LOT of the paint came off and started to show rust that I couldn't get to from the front. Started to think about having someone do it. My mechanic came and took the tank, that gave me easy access to the front side of the basement that apparently has had the protective spray worn off and rust formed.

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I took the opportunity to spray Rust Reformer on the freshly scraped metal while the tank is out being repaired. I may even decide to put more undercoating on before taking the RV back out in the world.

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Any 1 of those rust spots could result in a future perforation & a tank failure. I'd replace the tank. Cheap insurance. It's already out, how much can it save you?
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Reused the old tank

Since I didn't know what would be best I ended up taking it to my mechanic and had him be the judge.

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He cleaned it up and gauged it repairable. I don't know what a new tank would cost, but this was $300 installed. He says I have a small leak in the line he is trying to find.

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WOW! That is truly an awesome job. A well done to your mechanic.
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