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Old 09-17-2017, 05:12 PM   #1
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Prices of LP gas in the Denver area.

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We are making progress in unpacking hundreds of boxes and settling in our new home in Golden, CO, and it is time to think about the feeding of the Scamp as well. I would like to pose a question to the Denver area members - where are the best places to re-fill or buy the LP gas tanks (20 lbs.), and what kind of a price should I be prepared to pay? A few years ago I paid about $20 for a trade-in, but I am looking for something much lower. Thank you in advance.
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Old 09-17-2017, 09:19 PM   #2
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Costco usually fills propane bottles, not sure about the Denver area.
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Old 09-18-2017, 06:43 AM   #3
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I would never go with a trade in tank for my trailer. You can't top off a trade in tank but you can top off a tank that you own.
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...You can't top off a trade in tank but you can top off a tank that you own.
Why not? You do own the replacement tank after you swap.

Not that I think the tank swap is a good deal, but I did it once for convenience, and I have had the tank refilled conventionally several times since.
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We have only had swap tanks on our bbq at home. Somw places in the lower mainland B.C. won't fill swap tanks.
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Prices of LP gas in the Denver area.

How would they know the difference? Down here the only thing marking them as swap tanks is a plastic advertising sleeve, easily removed. There's nothing different about the tank itself. I traded in a tank I owned, so I consider the replacement tank mine to use as I see fit. Nothing in the transaction or on the tank indicates otherwise... Did I miss something?

Of course, different country, different rules. But you have piqued my curiosity.
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Can I ask why you guys go for a "swap" instead of a MUCH-cheaper fill? I just had some propane put in my tank at Tractor Supply Company- ala TSC- here in Tennessee for $2.79 a gallon. My 20 lb tank will hold a MAXIMUM 4.6 gallons and they will only charge you for what they put in. So the max my tank refill can cost me is $12.83; and this is to my still new-looking tank that came on my Scamp.
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I'm with you on that, Darral. It was a one-time situation for convenience' sake, and the tank on the Scamp was looking the worse for wear, so I had no particular attachment to it.
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I agree with you as well Jon in YOUR situation. When mine starts looking "skaggy", I'll trade it in...even if it costs a little more. I just saw where Home Depot does a $20 trade-in on a 20lb tank. (I think was the OP's original question)? That's not a bad price actually- about $7 for another nicer-looking tank over a refill. I just dont see doing it every time. Plus, MOST of the time, my fill-up will come in under $10 because I dont let it run out.

Whilst we're on the subject of propane, I just did an interesting experiment (to me anyway ). I went to a model airplane event in Ky. A couple of weeks ago with my Scamp. It's a field of corn but this club leases a good portion for their flying field. Some of our local guys and myself stayed at the field in our RVs. I could run my Champion gen at night with NO complaints...others ran as well. So, we're off the "grid" sorta- (gen off the grid?) Anyway, I weighed my tank BEFORE I left then AFTER I returned. I ran my water heater and 3-way 1.9 fridge during the day on gas- apx 15 hours each day for 4 days- no generator. I have a "HottRod" in my wh so at night on the gen, I switched over to 120v for the wh and fridge. I used exactly 1/2 gal of propane....out of 4.4 to 4.6. I didnt think that was too bad.

For what it's worth, running the gen at night - powering a small wall heater, wh, fridge, converter, water pumps etc. for 4 nights, I used about 9 gal of gasoline. So $23 in gas was ALOT cheaper than the hotel alot of the guys paid for in the nearest town- Henderson, KY. We were actually in Robards, KY. "Yes Virginia, there IS a place for generators."

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I'm with you on that, Darral. It was a one-time situation for convenience' sake, and the tank on the Scamp was looking the worse for wear, so I had no particular attachment to it.
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The clincher here in Eastern Iowa is that the swap tanks have an enticing price .... BUT are NOT FULL.
Much better to go to a place that fills them.
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Old 09-18-2017, 11:38 AM   #11
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Bought my 2015 Casita back in March of this year. Didn't bother to look under the propane cover. After a few weeks, finally took it off and found that the previous owner has traded in one of the 20# tanks for a 15#. Now have two sizes.
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[QUOTE=Paul O.;662012]We have moved!
We are making progress in unpacking hundreds of boxes and settling in our new home in Golden, CO, and it is time to think about the feeding of the Scamp as well. I would like to pose a question to the Denver area members - where are the best places to re-fill or buy the LP gas tanks (20 lbs.), and what kind of a price should I be prepared to pay? A few years ago I paid about $20 for a trade-in, but I am looking for something much lower. Thank you in advance.[/QUOTE[

I generally pay somewhere south of $3.00 per gallon. In that last couple of years I've paid as low as $1.99 per gallon. Always look for a place that pumps and sells by the gallon.

I've never looked in CO, but found places in TX, CA, NV, AZ, and LA that sell by the gallon. The worst was the store at Rio Grand Village, Big Bend NP at $18 flat rate.

I did run into a place in AZ that wanted $9.50 per gallon. I didn't buy.


I had as little as 1 gallon pumped in to as much as 4.5 gallons. All priced per gallon.

A quick Google search turned up sever places try "propane tank metered refill golden co" Remember Google is our friend.


FYI U-Haul has meter for $3.29 per gallon. Max for a 20# tank is 4.8 gallons 4.8*3.29= $15.72. If you look around a bit you can probably find it cheaper.
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I'm thinking I will trade out both my tanks as they empty this time. They have the old style tops, and I'm replacing the regulator and the fittings, line, and connections in the camper as I rebuild. Will likely take off the plastic from the trade in tanks, and then refill the newer ones. I trade out the grill ones, because I usually need that in a hurry and the trade place is a block away at the gas station.
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I'm thinking I will trade out both my tanks as they empty this time. They have the old style tops, and I'm replacing the regulator and the fittings, line, and connections in the camper as I rebuild. Will likely take off the plastic from the trade in tanks, and then refill the newer ones. I trade out the grill ones, because I usually need that in a hurry and the trade place is a block away at the gas station.
You might find that the trade in place might not take the old style tanks. They've gotten more picky in the last few years. Of course they might if the person doesn't know what they are doing at the trade in place. Just be aware that the tank will probably not be full. I've also seen where the tanks are rusty under new paint. Your safety is not in their best of interest. The Golden or Denver area should have a lot of propane available by the gallon. Just make sure they don't have a minimum of filling fee.
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