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Old 06-07-2006, 10:17 AM   #1
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Hello all. I recently inherited a 1979 31' Soverign from a great uncle. It took the better part of a week to get all the junk removed and the interior cleaned and fumagated. I've got a manual so I think I can figure out some of the things that don't work, like the frig and water pump, but I'm sure I'll be back with lots of questions.

My first question is what to do with the (3) extra propane tanks. There are (2) on the tongue, and three more in his storage shed. All are the nice light weight aluminum type, but they don't have the new over-fill protection filler valves. Is there a market for these tanks?

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Nathan (in west Tennessee).
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Old 06-07-2006, 10:24 AM   #2
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong. But I believe that because they are aluminum they can keep getting re-certified. If that is the case and there isn't a lot of corrosion on them you should be able to sell them on ebay.
You might in fact be better off cleaning them up, having a company install the over-fill protection and re-certifieing them then listing them on ebay or some sort of selling site.
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Old 06-07-2006, 10:31 AM   #3
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Nathan,
I'm not far from you we live in Oxford Ms. Alan is correct about the tanks. Do you plan on keeping the trailer if so I would keep the tanks. What a great gift from your Uncle.
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Old 06-07-2006, 10:36 AM   #4
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Hello all. I recently inherited a 1979 31' Soverign from a great uncle. It took the better part of a week to get all the junk removed and the interior cleaned and fumagated. I've got a manual so I think I can figure out some of the things that don't work, like the frig and water pump, but I'm sure I'll be back with lots of questions.

My first question is what to do with the (3) extra propane tanks. There are (2) on the tongue, and three more in his storage shed. All are the nice light weight aluminum type, but they don't have the new over-fill protection filler valves. Is there a market for these tanks?

Thanks.

Nathan (in west Tennessee).
I would take them and have then up dated.Our costed $30.00 each to have ours done and if you like to travel.Its always nice to have atleast 3 or 4 tanks in my opinion.We always camp back country and normal go for the whole summer and its normal along way back to a store.lol Everything we have taking out of our camper i keep .....I tell my husband its a just in case pile.Plus the LP tanks aren't cheap and the new ones are not as light as the older ones are when full.And with me being the one that ends up change them the lighter one are easier for me..
Oh and welcome to the forum.Hope you enjoy your new project
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Old 06-07-2006, 11:52 AM   #5
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Forget about Ebay, post them here in the classifieds. I'm not really very familiar with Ebay, but don't charge a fee to use the site? It's free here. (disclaimer: I'm looking for a couple of the aluminum tanks myself!)

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Old 06-07-2006, 05:12 PM   #6
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aluminum tanks

i'm in the same boat as you. just bought camper need to convert to new valves. the dealer i bought from told me to convert them over because of the lite weight and no rust. the alum. tanks are expensive to replace and you will probably come out ahead by fixing what you have. it doesn't sound like a big deal from what i have been told but haven't done it myself as well.

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p.s. i'm sure you wouldn't have trouble selling on this site. i'm interested!
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Old 06-07-2006, 05:35 PM   #7
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Nathan,

I purchased my Safari about 3 years ago and had the same problem. I took the tanks to my local propane distributor and they updated the tank fittings, recertified them and filled them for about $100 (2 tanks). The old aluminum tanks are really nice and worth taking care of.

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Old 06-07-2006, 05:35 PM   #8
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I'm also in the market for aluminum tanks. How tall are they? My Sovereign tanks are right up to the window. My Overlander's are about 4" shorter. The Caravel has steel tanks and would look a little funny with reall tall tanks, but I wouldn't mind having a spare for one of the other two!
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Check out the tanks at VTS. http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/...ults.asp?Cat=1
When you click on the different size tanks it will show you how tall they are. The 30 lb tanks I recently bought are 26 3/4 inches tall. These are 2 1/2 inches taller then the old steel tanks.
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