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Old 01-11-2020, 05:17 AM   #21
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Convert to composite bottles. 1/2 the weight of steel tanks.
Have composite tanks been approved for trailers? Were not OK a few years ago.
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Old 01-11-2020, 07:31 AM   #22
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Have composite tanks been approved for trailers? Were not OK a few years ago.
Yes they are 100% DOT approved.

Long story short.....

There were 2 companies and one was not very good. This caused a recall of their tanks.
This also gave the good company a bad name.
It has taken some years for the market to accept the good company, but over the last few years their reputation has been restored.
The Bad company is out of business and the good company is rapidly taking over the bottle exchange program.
Ragasco is the good company and their bottles are sold under the name Viking Cylinders.
https://vikingcylinders.com/
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Old 01-11-2020, 05:37 PM   #23
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Good suggestions although I am out of my lane for filling myself.
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Old 01-11-2020, 05:39 PM   #24
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Great advice. Thank you.
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Old 01-11-2020, 05:40 PM   #25
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Old 01-12-2020, 12:33 PM   #26
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Forty pound propane tanks actually only weigh about 45-50 pounds when filled. Filled, they actually don't really weigh that much more than a filled 30 pound steel tank.
I replaced my 30 pound tanks with 2 new aluminum 40 pound tanks and they are feather light.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I assume the Classics with 40 pound tanks are aluminum?? If not, that would be a good option.
I bought mine from Vintage Trailer Supply and paid @ $510.00 for 2-40# tanks, which included the shipping. The tanks are actually drop shipped from Worthington. Adding readout gauges is another $70.00/tank.
I originally ordered the tanks with the gauges but Worthington sent tanks with no gauges and I just decided to keep those rather than going through the hassle of returning them and waiting another few weeks for the replacements.
Yes, our Classic 30' has aluminum 40# tanks, but at 74 with a back that reminds me of my age I still have to take care and use leverage for something as awkward as these tanks.
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Old 06-27-2020, 05:20 PM   #27
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I made the suggestion to my wife that she should change the heavy propane tanks. The swelling should go down within a week, and the doctor says I should be walking unassisted by the end of the month. At this point in time, the weight of the propane tanks is no longer my most pertinent issue......so I guess that’s a win!
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Being the much more ubiquitous size, 20 lb steel tanks are much cheaper to purchase on a cost per unit volume than any other size. Plus, in a pinch, if you run out of propane when the typical refill places are all closed, you can go to most any Walmart, grocery store or gas station to do an even exchange (always check the date on the exchange tank.)


You do realize that the exchange tanks you get at these places are not full? If you read the signage on the cages you will find out that the "new" tanks only have between 15-17 lbs of gas not the full 20 lbs. Walmart I know is 17 lbs. But if you have to have a tank in a pinch to get you from say Saturday to Monday morning then I guess that would do.

I can see paying $15 (Walmart) to as high as $25 for an exchange and not get 20 lbs of gas in a 20 lb tank.
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