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Old 02-03-2013, 12:12 AM   #1
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Fiberglass/plastic propane tank

I saw this tank today it is brand new it passed the DOT regulations. Made of fiberglass/plastic. I read about it on RV Travels.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:22 AM   #2
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That should lighten some tongue weights (...and some wallets).
I've seen some sailboats at the marina with these. They look nifty! No rust or oxidization.

Now if only they could make stoves and furnaces that ran off of hydrogen (lighter than air!)
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:00 AM   #3
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I've been looking at them too and like the look. I'm jus not sure how it would mount to my 13' scamp except with straps that go up the sides and under the handle. Has anyone here mounted onto the tongue?
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:14 AM   #4
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Considered it, but the cost and only 20% tank weight savings didn't sway me.
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I have thought about one of these for my trailer, the only thing that holds me back is the thought of someone stealing it.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:23 AM   #6
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The 20 # tank weighs 30% less saving 4-5 lbs; a nice savings for those like me that attempt to control tongue weight with a lighter tow vehicle. I also like the fact that it's something that does not rust and that I can clearly see the propane level, particularly handy because we have only one propane tank.

Lastly I don't worry about theft because only another RVer would know its value and I trust other RVers based on feelings and experience, nothing stolen in 2000+ nights.

Harley had one...Jim did you have any issues with it?
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:53 AM   #7
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I saw this tank today it is brand new it passed the DOT regulations. Made of fiberglass/plastic. I read about it on RV Travels.
We have one and love it. Nice to be able to see how much propane you actually have.

As a former bicycle tourer, I still follow the thought process that if you take care of the ounces, the pounds will take care of themselves.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:20 AM   #8
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It doesn't fit into the propane holder and the hold downs are not the right length, so some modifications are needed. We go through so little propane that we just filled it half full to decrease weight even more. At the time the 10 lb unit cost more than the 20 so we bought the 20. Sorry I did now. would have liked the smaller 10 lb tank.

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I have used these for several years in several trailers. They will fit the standard 20lb metal strap propane holder and do save weight. With one 25lb unit, you can observe your capacity and eliminate the double tank set up needed for the unobservable metal tanks. Thus you can save weight by going with a smaller overall tank capacity. Very expensive but worth it.
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Anyone know how many years a fiberglass tank is certified for? Seems that steel tanks are certified for 12 years before needing recertification but I see conflicting information for the fiberglass tanks (5, 10, 12 etc).
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Anyone know how many years a fiberglass tank is certified for? Seems that steel tanks are certified for 12 years before needing recertification but I see conflicting information for the fiberglass tanks (5, 10, 12 etc).
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According to the FAQ on this page, which is the same image Chuck posted, it's five years in the US: Frequently Asked Questions

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Does a cylinder have to be recertified and if so how often?
Re-certification is every 5 years for the US. This consists of visual inspection of the outer casing and pressure testing of the cylinder. Other countries may have differing times. Check with us for information on re-certification for markets outside the US.
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It seemed like last year when I was looking at these, there was one brand that was suppose to be better than some others ? Anyone know anything about the different brands ?
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From Amazon- you decide

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so clear. July 26, 2011
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I have both a 20lb Clear View tank and the competing Lite Cylinder composite tank. It's very difficult to see the liquid level in the Clear View cylinder. The tank itself is less transparent and the protective cover for the tank provides less visible tank area. The Clear View has a nicer handle than the Lite Cylinder, and the Clear View has more room for making tank connections. But checking fuel level is difficult enough that I'm considering another Lite Cylinder to replace it.

Another issue with Clear View you should check before buying: the tank is certified for 5 years after the date of manufacture. You should make sure you're buying a recently manufactured tank, otherwise you may find certification expiring soon. The manufacturing date is hard to find, but it's molded into the handle section of the tank cover. It's on the ring just above the seam where the handle meets the white section of the cover. Molded into the handle on top is a notice of the 5 year certification after manufacturing date. I suggest highlighting these two bits of info with a permanent marker so you can find them for your propane filling service to see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best new product on the market November 21, 2012
By George P. Tyson Jr.
The Clear View cylinder by Ragasco is the latest in a safe, convenient replacement for the old metal LP cylinder. I no longer have rust rings on my deck from the rusty metal cylinders. I have two Clear View cylinders and I can stack them on top of each other. They are lighter than any cylinder on the market and I can see the fuel level easily. I read that the Clear View cylinder has been approved for a 10 year inspection cycle retroactive to all Clear View LP cylinders.
If you read the product documentation the Clear View cylinder is the only LP cylinder with a one piece pressure vessel with NO seams. It is also the only LP cylinder with NO failures, NO explosions. If safety is important to you then you should purchase the Clear View cylinder.
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Thanks Jim, I do remember seeing those but I couldn't remember where. So which kind do you have Jim ?
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