Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-18-2022, 06:44 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
DaveP's Avatar

 
2004 28' Classic
Monument , Colorado
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 1,333
Exclamation Hard to recertify my propane tanks?

My aluminum propane tanks are due for recertification. I called Amerigas, where I had them recertified 5 years ago, and they are balking at redoing the recert. Not for technical reasons, but because they do not have the manpower because of COVID. I am still working with them to find a solution, but what if they won't do it?! They are the only ones in this area I can find. Where else can I turn if they refuse??
__________________
DaveP
2004 Airstream Classic 28 "Willard"
2014 Ford F150 FX4 Ecoboost
DaveP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2022, 06:49 PM   #2
Site Team
 
richard5933's Avatar

 
1994 25' Excella
Waukesha , Wisconsin
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 2,222
Images: 4
What's the nearest town with a propane dealer?

Otherwise, will they let you leave them with their shop so they can get them done as soon as they have a person available? The shop I use normally does them while you wait in just a few minutes, but they also let people drop off tanks when they're busy.
__________________
Richard
11018
1994 Excella 25 Follow the build on Gertie!
1999 Suburban LS 2500 w/7.4L V8
1974 GMC 4108a - Custom Coach Land Cruiser (Sold)
richard5933 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2022, 06:55 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
DaveP's Avatar

 
2004 28' Classic
Monument , Colorado
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 1,333
I live near Colorado Springs. Last recert, I dropped them off and got them back three days later. Now, that shop is not even answering their phone. I got the "national" customer service person to agree to try to get me an "appointment". We'll see...
__________________
DaveP
2004 Airstream Classic 28 "Willard"
2014 Ford F150 FX4 Ecoboost
DaveP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2022, 09:32 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Rich W's Avatar

 
2006 23' Safari SE
I'm In , Kentucky
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 4,251
Images: 5
I think there is a Tractor Supply Co there in Monument. Have you checked with them? Some of their locations can recertify
__________________
-Rich
Rich & Yvonne
2006 Safari SE -Dora-
2004 4Runner SE 4.7L V8
Rich W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2022, 09:53 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
2009 34' Panamerica
2005 28' Classic
Still , in the thick of it
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 677
I just bought some recert stickers on-line and wrote in numbers that I also found on line.

Ran out of LP last season, brought the tank to be refilled, guy saw the stamped date on my tank and said, can't refill...I said check the recert sticker....said, oh, ok, great and filled it up.

Have you seen what many places do for recert? Not a lot more than that. I spray the tanks with soapy water to check for leaks and such, but I feel, though not totally unwarranted, it's basically a cash grab....sure there is some level of safety to it, but having seen a few recerts and only one place replacing the valve, seems more a cash cow in most (not all) cases.
panamerican is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2022, 10:01 AM   #6
Site Team
 
richard5933's Avatar

 
1994 25' Excella
Waukesha , Wisconsin
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 2,222
Images: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by panamerican View Post
I just bought some recert stickers on-line and wrote in numbers that I also found on line.

Ran out of LP last season, brought the tank to be refilled, guy saw the stamped date on my tank and said, can't refill...I said check the recert sticker....said, oh, ok, great and filled it up.

Have you seen what many places do for recert? Not a lot more than that. I spray the tanks with soapy water to check for leaks and such, but I feel, though not totally unwarranted, it's basically a cash grab....sure there is some level of safety to it, but having seen a few recerts and only one place replacing the valve, seems more a cash cow in most (not all) cases.
The place that did my tanks did more than what you described. The guy checked all the valves and safety devices for compliance with the latest standards and checked everything over for condition, including the condition of the metal, the welds, and even the seals in the valve. He said that he checks to be sure they will last until the next certification is needed.

Given that most people using propane tanks don't have a clue how to evaluate their safety, it seems to me that it's a good idea to have them inspected from time to time. Last thing I want is the tanks at the next camp site to leak and cause a problem - it won't just be his rig and family injured but everyone around.
__________________
Richard
11018
1994 Excella 25 Follow the build on Gertie!
1999 Suburban LS 2500 w/7.4L V8
1974 GMC 4108a - Custom Coach Land Cruiser (Sold)
richard5933 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2022, 10:55 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
2009 34' Panamerica
2005 28' Classic
Still , in the thick of it
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 677
Yea, I realized when I posted that there may be some push back and you are right, it is a safety thing that most folks don't get. I am fortunate enough to have some skill sets to inspect the tank(s) and call me obsessive compulsive, but I actually throw a coat of wax on my tanks to keep them in great external shape. I realize that does jack for the insides as these rust from within mostly over time, but in most cases unless it's god awful, most of those recertifications can't see if the tank is pre-failure due to internal rust.

The OPD valves are an easy test as is the soapy water thing. I'm not one to trifle with mass quantities of flammable material, but overall propane is fairly safe. So with that and my basic skill sets, I'm comfortable putting my own sticker on the tanks. I'm sure there are some very reputable places that do more than just the basic visual and that's great....I keep thinking of the 80s and 90s when folks had LP grills and had the tanks for 25 years kept refilling and had no issues....but of course, it only takes one misstep.
panamerican is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2022, 11:09 AM   #8
3 Rivet Member
 
1976 Argosy 24
1961 28' Ambassador
1968 26' Overlander
Lakewood , Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 222
Hello, I use and recommend A&A propane in Wheatridge, I70 and Wadsworth, perhaps inconvenient but they're there, open and happy to do it. They've done 3 sets of vintage tanks for me in the last 4-5 years. Will also make any custom hose you can dream up while you wait.
Good luck, Mark D
mrdes8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2022, 11:26 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
DaveP's Avatar

 
2004 28' Classic
Monument , Colorado
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 1,333
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrdes8 View Post
Hello, I use and recommend A&A propane in Wheatridge, I70 and Wadsworth, perhaps inconvenient but they're there, open and happy to do it. They've done 3 sets of vintage tanks for me in the last 4-5 years. Will also make any custom hose you can dream up while you wait.
Good luck, Mark D
Mark,

Thank you very much. At least I have a place I can drive to. Did they do them while you waited?

I am still waiting to hear back from Amerigas.

Thanks, Dave
__________________
DaveP
2004 Airstream Classic 28 "Willard"
2014 Ford F150 FX4 Ecoboost
DaveP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2022, 11:30 AM   #10
Rivet Master
 
DaveP's Avatar

 
2004 28' Classic
Monument , Colorado
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 1,333
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rich W View Post
I think there is a Tractor Supply Co there in Monument. Have you checked with them? Some of their locations can recertify
Yes, There is, but they do not do recerts.
__________________
DaveP
2004 Airstream Classic 28 "Willard"
2014 Ford F150 FX4 Ecoboost
DaveP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2022, 11:31 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
DaveP's Avatar

 
2004 28' Classic
Monument , Colorado
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 1,333
Quote:
Originally Posted by panamerican View Post
Yea, I realized when I posted that there may be some push back and you are right, it is a safety thing that most folks don't get. I am fortunate enough to have some skill sets to inspect the tank(s) and call me obsessive compulsive, but I actually throw a coat of wax on my tanks to keep them in great external shape. I realize that does jack for the insides as these rust from within mostly over time, but in most cases unless it's god awful, most of those recertifications can't see if the tank is pre-failure due to internal rust.

The OPD valves are an easy test as is the soapy water thing. I'm not one to trifle with mass quantities of flammable material, but overall propane is fairly safe. So with that and my basic skill sets, I'm comfortable putting my own sticker on the tanks. I'm sure there are some very reputable places that do more than just the basic visual and that's great....I keep thinking of the 80s and 90s when folks had LP grills and had the tanks for 25 years kept refilling and had no issues....but of course, it only takes one misstep.
Is this legal? I thought it required a certified propane dealer?
__________________
DaveP
2004 Airstream Classic 28 "Willard"
2014 Ford F150 FX4 Ecoboost
DaveP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2022, 12:01 PM   #12
3 Rivet Member
 
1976 Argosy 24
1961 28' Ambassador
1968 26' Overlander
Lakewood , Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 222
So, AAA not A&A, sorry. Due to my tanks all being 60/70's vintage recert has always included OPD valve replace/install. 7405 W. 44th Ave, Wheatridge, 303-425-7623.
Mark D
mrdes8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2022, 12:10 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
rideair's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,645
You could always do a couple of different things:

1. Take an online class to get your cert, then get a DOT number, that would allow you to cert others while out camping, writing off the trip as a business expense.

2. Purchase a POL-2-POL Propane Pigtail, this would allow you to just get a standard gas grill tank, use the pigtail as the connection to the tank for the trailer, and gravity fill your trailer tanks yourself. You will need to turn the gas grill tank upside-down during the filling process.

3. Purchase a used "hot air balloon" propane tank that has a POL connection and gravity fill. Note: you will not need to turn the hot air balloon tank upside-down, since they draw liquid propane off the bottom of the tank.

Just a thought,
Attached Images
 
__________________
Paul Waddell
rideair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2022, 03:47 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
aftermath's Avatar
 
2006 25' Safari FB SE
Spokane , Washington
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,612
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
Is this legal? I thought it required a certified propane dealer?

Short answer, NO it is not legal.
aftermath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2022, 04:49 PM   #15
Moderator
 
Stefrobrts's Avatar

 
1968 17' Caravel
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 12,210
Images: 50
Blog Entries: 1
I just got mine recertified - it was their first time being recertified. The guys at the local propane delivery shop did it. The guy literally just sprayed some soapy water on them to check for leaks, then he stuck a sticker on one, and forgot the other one, but then he also forgot to charge us for the recertifying (realized all this after we got home) so I guess all's fair.
__________________
Stephanie




Stefrobrts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2022, 03:20 PM   #16
Rivet Master
 
DaveP's Avatar

 
2004 28' Classic
Monument , Colorado
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 1,333
Thumbs up Problem Resolved

I found a smaller propane company on the south side of Colorado Springs that was happy to recertify my tanks at no cost, just the price of refilling them. The company is Glaser Energy Group. Nice people!

I still have not heard back from Amerigas. Very poor customer service.
__________________
DaveP
2004 Airstream Classic 28 "Willard"
2014 Ford F150 FX4 Ecoboost
DaveP is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Want to Trade my 30lb Propane Tanks for your 20lb Tanks WEBOPS LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 43 01-23-2021 10:38 AM
Tanks, Tanks, Tanks PSU1981 Plumbing - Systems & Fixtures 8 09-02-2019 09:34 AM
Recertify 1998 gauged tanks in Austin area cwf LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 7 03-27-2013 02:30 PM
Propane Tanks - Too Old to Recertify??? mistermike LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 13 10-22-2012 12:02 PM
Where to recertify tanks? bullydogsmom LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 6 05-25-2009 03:59 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.