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Old 05-16-2018, 10:30 AM   #15
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I have gas

Iíve been using the same 30 lb tank for a year and a half. Granted, I live in Texas and have rarely used the furnace.

A question for clarification, is propane sold in gallons? I thought it was by the pound. The reason I ask is it makes it more difficult to compare to gasoline prices.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:39 AM   #16
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If you come to the west coast of Canada you'll find gasoline expensive and Propane cheap

best price is Costco ..... about $8US for 20lb and $12US for 30lb (depending on the dollar exchange rate)....double that anywhere else 1 .... cheapest gas too.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:50 AM   #17
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It was hard to match propane prices to gas prices.

For our propane prices, we used to base it on the price we paid at the time that we filled our 1000 gallon tank. Sometimes that helped to keep the price in check, but other times it shafted us (i.e., when the bulk rate was high, and we were stuck with expensive propane for the nine months or so that it took for us to sell that much of the stuff).

Gasoline, by contrast, seems to fluctuate almost daily, depending on the many factors that are involved in the prices of that product.

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Is there a rule-of-thumb method to compare the price per gallon of propane to the price per gallon of gasoline?

I typically consider the price for one gallon of gasoline to be a gauge for what to pay for a gallon of propane. Possibly a dollar a gallon more for propane similar to the variation of diesel to gasoline. I once pulled up to my local hardware store to fill my tanks and asked their price per gallon. "$5.00" said the attendant, "no thank you" said I, as gasoline was selling for low $2s per gallon! Now I usually go to Camping World to fill and feel good paying up to $1 per gallon more than gasoline. Camping World used to give a big discount (like 25% off) on Tuesdays, but they now say its discounted every day and no longer give the Tuesday discount.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:56 AM   #18
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I'm not on the road enough to comment upon prices when I am out of town. In most cases I fill locally close to my house. Typically I only fill when i finish a tank and have to move to the other. In the case of cold weather though I look for a company that will charge you for the amount of the fill. Most of the places in my neck of the woods charge a flat charge based on the size of your tank. So if you come in and your tank is half full, the seller will charge you the same as if your tank is empty. So in a situation where I need to "top off" a tank, I go to a dealer about 10 miles from my home who will only charge by the gallon needed for a fill up.

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I was pleasantly surprised that when I filled up at Tractor supply, they charged me for what the tank took, not a flat charge for a full tank. That means you can take both tanks to fill up at the same time and only pay for what you get.
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:27 PM   #20
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I've had my Safari 25 for over a year and eight 4-5 day trips. Had both my 30 lb tanks filled last April at Camping World on a Tuesday to take advantage of the discount. I'm disappointed to hear that that discount has been discontinued. I still haven't gone through one tank in spite of several spring and fall camping trips below freezing, but it warms up nicely during the day here in NM and southern CO.
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Old 05-16-2018, 01:10 PM   #21
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In some states (I.e. Wyoming) dealers are required to fill the tank by weight, others (i.e. Idaho) will cheerfully sell it by the gallon.

In Yellowstone (no surprise) filling a pretty empty 30# tank is about $28. Just filled one in Blackfoot Idaho and got 7 gallons for $16.
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Old 05-16-2018, 01:10 PM   #22
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We have been living in our trailer since December with Low temps in the low 20's to low 50's. We use about 1 gallon of propane for heating and cooking and hot water per day. Inside temp about 65. We have paid anywhere from 2.87 per gallon (about 4 pounds) to 3.75 all across the southern US Florida to Arizona and up the east coast from Florida to New York. Tractor Supply is good and so is Ace Hardware. It all depends on what state you are in.

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Old 05-16-2018, 01:24 PM   #23
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Cheapest I've found is Costco, where they sell propane. Just returned from there with my 20# grill bottle and I think the price was $2.08 a gal. Anyway it was $7.07 to fill.
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prices all over

I switched my 30# propane tanks to 40# tanks for easier convenience of not having to deal with it as often. I paid at Ameri-gas $105 for each tank and that was filled! Camping World wanted $110 for the tank empty.When we were out in Montana in October last year I emptied 1 tank in three nights for heat and hot water. We traveled all over the southwest and northwest for 5 months. Propane was within a dollar of each competitor. However gas for the truck was $2.29 in Nevada and $3.89 in California, Ouch. And that"s per gallon not per pound.
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I was pleasantly surprised that when I filled up at Tractor supply, they charged me for what the tank took, not a flat charge for a full tank. That means you can take both tanks to fill up at the same time and only pay for what you get.
This is why I only fill the two 30 lb. aluminum propane tanks on the Sovereign and two 20 lb. steel tanks dedicated to my Weber Q grill at Tractor Supply.
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Tractor supply charged me just under $20 to fill our 40# tank (Classic 33').
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Old 05-16-2018, 03:51 PM   #27
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I'm doing a propane presentation at the International Rally in Salem and will explain exactly what the confusion is here, among other things.

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In some states (I.e. Wyoming) dealers are required to fill the tank by weight, others (i.e. Idaho) will cheerfully sell it by the gallon.

In Yellowstone (no surprise) filling a pretty empty 30# tank is about $28. Just filled one in Blackfoot Idaho and got 7 gallons for $16.
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If you can look at gas prices and predict propane prices, and since gas prices always go up in the summer travel months, does propane prices rise when the number of "heating" days increases, aka winter?
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