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Old 10-23-2007, 09:04 AM   #1
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Aging Propane Tank

I have had several occurances of refusal to fill my propane tank on '95 LY due to it's age. Date on tank is "94. Has anyone had their tank replaced or re-certified recently. On recent trip through PA, helpfull Flying J attendant put a nick in the brass filler fitting and now tank cannot be filled as gas escapes around fitting. This really tightens my jaws, as I could deal with refusal to fill in a few locations, but now either fitting must be replaced and tank re-certified or tank replaced. Lewster, are you out there? Help!
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Old 10-23-2007, 09:30 AM   #2
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Look at the photo attached and see if your valve type matches the ones that are shown in need of replacement - if so there are plenty of places that do exchanges and you can also buy a new tank.
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Old 10-23-2007, 10:01 AM   #3
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To retrofit OPD valves, it's only about $40 or so. Definately worth it if your tanks are aluminum, up to you on steel tanks. Replacement steel tanks are readily available at Camping World for well under $100 a piece depending on the size whereas aluminum tanks are a couple of hundred each - much easier to just replace the valves. This can be done at most re-fill stations.

You may want to read a couple of threads in the Propane Tank section regarding OPD valves - in 2002/2003 it became law to have OPD valves installed and your tanks recertified periodically - everybody has to do it, no options.

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your tank is over 12 years old. It will need to be re-certified and likely upgrade to OPD style valve
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Old 10-23-2007, 10:30 AM   #5
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Sorry folks, but the tanks on a Motorhome are not the same as on a trailer. In my 1985 345 the tank lies horizontal and is 38 gallons. The OPD device is already built in from the factory. I have never had a problem getting it filled either. I have no idea where one would get it re-certified.
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Old 10-23-2007, 10:33 AM   #6
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Any propane facility that replaces valves should be able to receritfy the tank. Google for your area...
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:27 AM   #7
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I have had 4 70s 30 and 40# tanks (bottle is the correct term) refitted with OPDs. No one ever mentioned having the bottles "recertified". This is the first I have heard of it. I never had a problem having these filled.
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Our horizontal in the long gone RV was never questioned. It was close to 20 years old when we got rid of the unit. As suggested I would go to a propane dealer that also sells stoves, waterheaters... ask for a refill and see what they say.
The only time I was questioned on anything was an annual refill of all of my tanks (I tend to run them all out then refill in mass). The guy wanted to know if I was was using propane to run a whiskey still..
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Sorry for the confusion,
This is an ASME tank, not bottle, permanently mounted, holds 31.1 gallons (full). I don't know how many pounds that translates to. The fill valve does not involve a shutoff like a normal bottle. The guy who put the nick in the brass fitting is the one who said he could not fill it due to age (after hooking up to it nicking it and finding the fill valve leaked). It was dark and I did not look at the tank until returning home. I have located a company to replace the fill valve and they will inspect the tank and re-certify. It is a steel tank and will have to be sanded and painted first. No big deal, but wanted to warn others of this potential problem. Keep an eye on those who attempt to fill your tanks!
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Sorry for the confusion,
This is an ASME tank, not bottle, permanently mounted, holds 31.1 gallons (full). I don't know how many pounds that translates to. The fill valve does not involve a shutoff like a normal bottle. The guy who put the nick in the brass fitting is the one who said he could not fill it due to age (after hooking up to it nicking it and finding the fill valve leaked). It was dark and I did not look at the tank until returning home. I have located a company to replace the fill valve and they will inspect the tank and re-certify. It is a steel tank and will have to be sanded and painted first. No big deal, but wanted to warn others of this potential problem. Keep an eye on those who attempt to fill your tanks!
Gunworks,

ASME tanks need re-certification also, but on a different schedule than DOT tanks. I'm working a MoHo rally in NC for the next few days and all of my LP tank cert info is in my office in FL. I'll be back there on Sat. and will get the details to you.

Your defaced fill valve will have to be replaced at the minimum. If the company doing the work will do a re-cert also, you're golden . It should last for another 12 years or so, but I'l get you the regulations when I get back.
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