U-Haul Rolls Out Refillable 1-LB Propane Cylinders in California - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV



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Old 06-17-2016, 12:02 AM   #15
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I had a five pound tank and ran into a problem getting it filled, because the person doing the fill had only been trained ( if you can call it that ) on filling twenty pound tanks.
Wonder how the concept of filling three different sizes of water jugs went for them.......
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Old 06-17-2016, 04:30 AM   #16
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1 lb tanks can be purchased around here for a little over $3 each. I think this refillable tank is great for the environmentally motivated individual, but not so much for the financially motivated person.
But those $3, 1 lb tanks are not refillable.. or it's not recommended and yes, I do know people have done it, some successfully, some not.

For $11.95 you get a tank that's refillable for 12 years. If you use the 1 lb tanks, how many do you go through in a ten year period? U-Haul says it costs $1.95 to refill. Bet I can find it cheaper than that.
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Exactly. Twelve refills to break even is not bad. Right now, getting refills might be the inconvenience- I'm guessing the equipment to refill them is proprietary, so you have to find a U-Haul store.

If the idea catches on, price and convenience may improve as more vendors offer the service. I think the concept has merit. I just hate throwing away those canisters, and even where available, recycling is far less efficient than reusing.

I'm toying with swapping the single 5 gal. tank on my Scamp for two 2.5 gal. tanks- one to fuel the trailer (stove and furnace only, no fridge, used infrequently) and one to fuel the camp kitchen (stove & lantern). I already have one from my tenting days- love the size, and plenty of capacity for our camping style. Might make the battery box easier to access. Expensive, though, and no after-hours swaps at convenience stores... hmmm...
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:46 AM   #18
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It's about time. I've carried a 5 lb for years because I hate the waste and now cost of the 1 lb canisters. I do carry a couple of canisters for backup but really never need them. If these work well and become widespread I'll likely switch back.

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Old 06-17-2016, 11:05 AM   #19
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It's about time. I've carried a 5 lb for years because I hate the waste and now cost of the 1 lb canisters. I do carry a couple of canisters for backup but really never need them. If these work well and become widespread I'll likely switch back.

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You'll need to carry the 5 lb as backup in case you can't find a U-Haul dealer near by with propane.
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Old 04-13-2017, 09:01 AM   #20
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refill adapter:
https://www.amazon.com/Shnozzle-SAFE.../dp/B00EV59S1W
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That adapter will only fill the 1 lb cylinder with gas pressure, but not with liquid. It will be empty as soon as you try to use it.
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That adapter will only fill the 1 lb cylinder with gas pressure, but not with liquid. It will be empty as soon as you try to use it.
You're supposed to turn the large tank upside down so the liquid propane flows into the 1# tank.
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Old 07-22-2018, 01:05 PM   #23
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Yep, and it helps to have the 1#er a bit lower than the large one.

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Old 07-22-2018, 01:40 PM   #24
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Refilling 1 Lb. Cylinders

I have been successfully filling my disposable one pound cylinders. The instructions say to chill the small cylinder. I leave the 20 pound cylinder in the sun. Screw on the adapter and small cylinder, turn it upside down, and open the valve. After it stops filling, close the valve, turn it upright and remove the cylinder and adapter. I purchased brass caps for the refilled cylinders, just to be on the safe side. Only one catch - refilled disposable cylinders are legally NOT to be transported. So for camping you should get the refillable cylinders to be legal, if you want to refill.
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Old 07-23-2018, 05:06 AM   #25
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The refillable bottles are a no biggie for me, but just to hear it started in California is just another reason for the state to legislate other things that may not be so friendly to us campers.

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Old 07-25-2018, 10:17 PM   #26
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We compromised on a 5lb refillable tank and a hose for our outdoor grille. Size, weight, etc etc. Tank, valve and hose fit upright in one neat box, under the BakFlip tonneau cover on our Frontier.
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We compromised on a 5lb refillable tank and a hose for our outdoor grille. Size, weight, etc etc. Tank, valve and hose fit upright in one neat box, under the BakFlip tonneau cover on our Frontier.
I have the same, with a splitter, so I can fuel two appliances at the same time.
I have a propane skillet, stove, and grill, and often use two for any given meal.

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I just tried the link in Donna's original post. It does not work for me. Is this a Canadian thing, or did they stop offering refillable 1lb cylinders?

BTW, Manchester also have a refillable 1lb cylinder, but not quite as affordable as $11.95:
https://www.amazon.com/1LB-Refillabl.../dp/B014QDDA6W
http://www.mantank.com/pdf/1lbflyer.pdf
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