DOT recalls hazardous cylinders manufactured by The Lite Cylinder Company - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-09-2013, 07:40 AM   #15
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Wow what a bummer...glad Im poor and didnt spend the money on one yet. I was planning on switching over to 1 30lb fiber/composite tank...now I wanna see what they come out with as the findings. There is another manuf out there...wonder if the same thing will happen to them?
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:13 AM   #16
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Deryk, it looks like the center seam was the weak-point in these tanks. If somebody has come up with a different process, the tank may be OK.

What is it that attracted people to these tanks in the first place?

Was it the lighter weight and rust?

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What is it that attracted people to these tanks in the first place?

Was it the lighter weight and rust?

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All that plus the ability to VIEW how much propane was left in the tank.
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Lower tare weight. Visual cue to amt. propane remaining. The latter advantage was oversold IMO. I couldn't see the level of contents except in bright sunlight or by rocking the tank to make the meniscus apparent.

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Lower tare weight. Visual cue to amt. propane remaining. The latter advantage was oversold IMO. I couldn't see the level of contents except in bright sunlight or by rocking the tank to make the meniscus apparent.

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Its interesting nobody has come up with a metal tank with a "window" in the side. I've seen stick-on gauges for metal tanks, but nothing more sophisticated than this.
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Not only are they facing a recall of previously manufactured cylendars, but they arent allowed to make new ones either. Although this doesn't necessarily mean bankrupcy, it does take away Lite Cylinder's income stream. Any money that remains at this point will probably be eaten up by the legal system.
as some of the links suggests that the report includes a number of serious incidents involving people using the product you can be sure that pretty well every last cent & more of what the company has will go to legal fees..... sadly thats what happens when people are hurt or killed.
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Its interesting nobody has come up with a metal tank with a "window" in the side. I've seen stick-on gauges for metal tanks, but nothing more sophisticated than this.
I have used for a number of years now a propane gauge I picked up at Costco that works pretty well. Its not perfect but find its pretty good at giving me enough warning that I need to get a refilled before I run out. As it on top of the tank its pretty hard to miss each time your shut the tank on or off for travel or storage. The ones that stick to the side of the tanks are a pain to try and read if you have any kind of tank cover.
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I was intrigued by these, but I'm now glad that I wasn't tricked into buying one. I told you camping was dangerous!
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eff the eff, I just filled mine.
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Me too! And I'm going to use them till its gone.
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I have two. They came with my new trailer. I'm very unhappy about this because the tanks were the only thing not breaking down on my 2012 evergreen element trailer. I miss my 1986 Bigfoot . It never let me down.
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I miss my 1986 Bigfoot . It never let me down.
You should have come here before you sold it, especially since you bought a stick built fiberglass trailer. We would have at least, tried to talk you out of it
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I really liked the idea of being able to see how much propane is in the tank. I tried one of those gauges and it wasnt very accurate one day it showed it was half full the next day tank was empty. I did buy a hand scale that gives an idea of how much is left in the tank. Im sure my one full and one at 3/4's is good for the summer but when the cold weather hits I dont want to be surprised by it getting cold all of the sudden inside lol.
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.......... I tried one of those gauges and it wasnt very accurate one day it showed it was half full the next day tank was empty. ......
Yea, those gauges only measure vapor pressure which is essentially constant (except for temperature changes) until just before the tank runs out. Silly design.
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