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Old 06-23-2012, 09:38 PM   #15
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I filled my 20 lb propane tank today at the local farmers coop cost was $16.00 and it took only 5 minutes
The hardware store in town 5 miles away wanted $29.00 for an exchange tank
To me that's a big difference in cost !! Plus I just purchased 2 new tanks last summer and I do not wish to exchange them for tanks that may be ?? years old
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:26 AM   #16
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Gas stations, super markets, home improvement centers, all have propane exchange which makes it convenient. I exchange my tanks at the local Lowes for under $19 when they get rusty or beat up. Otherwise I get them filled. One thing you have to be aware of though, when doing the tank exchanges, they aren't actually filled up to the max, they only contain 4-4.5 gallons instead of 5.
Absolutely correct Thomas. I've checked every exchange location I see while driving around our local area as well as adjoining states. There are several different 'brand names' but the 'biggie' in our area is Blue Rhino, or Ozark Mtn Gas. If you look closely, they ALL have in smaller print, somewhere on the information sign, the amount of propane you're getting with the exchange. All are around 15lbs or so of actual gas, & you invariably pay a higher (often much higher) price than having your tank filled with 20lbs of propane. Actually in the USA you're probably getting a little less than 20lbs since most states have signed on to the NFPA compact requiring the overfill protection device (OPD) which cuts off delivery at just under 20lbs when properly adjusted. It's still much more gas for significantly less $$.

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Old 06-24-2012, 12:29 PM   #17
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I've had easy LP fill ups and I've driven around for ages unsuccessfully and ended up with an exchange tank to keep from freezing that night. Both have advantages. If every gas station would do refills, I'd just get a big fiberglass tank and be done with it. But they don't, so having the exchanges around is a convenience and at times a godsend.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:00 PM   #18
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So much for the topic !!!
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:23 PM   #19
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So much for the topic !!!
I do find it can be challenging keeping a thread on topic around here.

I am curious about the composite tanks. I'm mostly concerned about tongue weight.

Is theft a worry with a fancy, expensive tank?
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:16 PM   #20
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... has anyone used one of these type tanks, and what did you think of it?
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So much for the topic !!!
You are right Daniel,

No insult to either; the topic has been discussed at length in a number of threads before. You can find those threads by doing the Google search under the search at the top and entering the phrase "fiberglass tanks".

Perhaps the moderators might determine if portions of this thread need to be separated into a separate topic.

On the other hand, I would like to thank those who brought it to the members attention that the exchange tanks may contain less propane.
I say may, because I wonder if there are geographical rules as to how much propane the exchange tanks should contain.

Those that use exchange tanks for propane can evaluate the convenience vs. the cost of time and money for the value we receive when it comes to exchanging or filling at any given point of time.
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I do find it can be challenging keeping a thread on topic around here.

I am curious about the composite tanks. I'm mostly concerned about tongue weight.

Is theft a worry with a fancy, expensive tank?
Part of the that depends on where you live, most thefts occur while trailers are in storage, home or otherwise. Little happens in campgrounds. When in storage one could remove the tank.
Second, a cover will hide the fact that it's composite.
A method of mounting that takes wrenches to remove.

There's a risk to everything. The above should reduce the risk of theft.
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:23 PM   #22
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put you tank in the garage or shed when you don't want to carry it.
but don;t you find it a hassle taking it off and putting it on?
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I use an aluminum 33.4 lb forklift tank. It takes up less space because it lays down. I changed the valves. The tank came with a valve on the liquid draw and a quick fill port on the vapour draw. It now has a valve on the vapour draw and a quick fill port on the liquid draw. I just found a fiberglass version of a forklift tank.

Lite Cylinder 33# Horizontal Fork Lift Cylinder

Looks like changing the valves would be kinda difficult. Also they say that it is 20% lighter then a steel tank, but the aluminum tank is also lighter then the steel tank. If my calculations are correct, the aluminum tank is 33.3% lighter then the steel tank. I am getting my numbers from:
Manchester Tank: Forklift & Buffer Cylinders

The 33.5 lb aluminum tank, with a float level gauge, is 24 lb, where the steel tank is 36 lb. The steel tank is 150% the weight of the aluminum tank.
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I don't think that basic question about "Holding" a tank was addressed. But the bottom line is NO, the system isn't geared to do that. All of the ones I have used simply exchange your empty(?) tank for a full one. If you don't have an empty, you have to buy one. I haven't seen any system that just charge a deposit for the tank.
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put you tank in the garage or shed when you don't want to carry it.
but don;t you find it a hassle taking it off and putting it on?
I have storage in California I see a few times a year. But other than the Scamp I'm homeless. There's no garage or shed for me to store things in that I see regularly. We'll see, good chance I'll have a real apartment with a parking space in Vancouver.

But I'm pretty happy being homeless besides the Scamp. It's a great home.

I have not found it all that hard to take on/off.
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I don't think that basic question about "Holding" a tank was addressed. But the bottom line is NO, the system isn't geared to do that. All of the ones I have used simply exchange your empty(?) tank for a full one. If you don't have an empty, you have to buy one. I haven't seen any system that just charge a deposit for the tank.
I sorta suspect that each outlet is a business, that pays a set fee to the holder of the franchise name. As such, you cannot expect a Wal-Mart in California to give you a tank after you left yours off at the Lowes in Kansas. Not the same company!
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:55 PM   #27
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I bought a fiberglass tank to replace the steel one on my Scamp. I did this for a variety of reasons, most of which have been mentioned, but I'll do it again:

1. Weight. I'll do just about anything to get the tongue weight down to a reasonable number. I believe it is about 10 pounds lighter than steel.
2. The ability to see the propane level. As others have mentioned, this can alleviate some of the stress of finding a place to fill the tank, because you get plenty of warning.
3. No rust. The tank stays nice and clean looking for its whole life. Also, the tank is translucent and white... So it matches the Scamp!
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I don't worry so much about the weight - but that's a self defense issue - if I mention "weight", my otherwise patient and understanding bride pokes me in the tummy and starts talking about diets.

However the ability to see the level in the tank is nice. I should look into how big a tank I can get. I run other stuff off the trailer tanks so for me a pair of 30 pounders is minimum
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