Composite propane tanks - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-04-2013, 05:47 PM   #1
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Composite propane tanks

I found this:

vikingcylinders.com – 31-pound vapor

Whic I thought was a pretty good price considering. Saves a bit of weight, allows you to see the fuel level and is not being recalled!

No idea on shipping though.

Is anyone using them?
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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According to the website, these tanks are not available until 9/15/2013. Some other sizes are not available until 2014.
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Old 08-04-2013, 07:53 PM   #3
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Most likely a new design because of the recall several months ago.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:07 PM   #4
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The May and June 2013 recalls of fiberglass composite tanks involved only the tanks of the Lite Cylinder company. I don't find recall notices for Viking. Is there a connection between the companies that we should know about?

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Old 08-04-2013, 08:26 PM   #5
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I'm not interested. When these first came out (Lite Cylinder) I was so close to making a purchase and they were not cheap. Fortunately, my checkbook won out. We have several members with fiberglass cylinders that are nothing more than anchors now. I'd wait for several years to see if the technology works. Which for me is a bit strange, because new technology and I get along well. But, this one.... hummmmm. YMMV
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Since I'm all electric I'm not interested at this time either.
But also agree with Donna. It's my operatus morendi to
wait and wait and wait to buy something new............LOL

Usually, that is.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:14 PM   #7
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There is no connection. I was reading a thread on a sailing forum about the recall and it was company specific. It had nothing to do with the technology, the company that got recalled was not doing what they needed to do to ensure they were safe. Since they didn't do that, they had to recall them.

It seems to have killed the company (awwwww!)

This is a different company, which is why I posted it.

Personally I am interested. It saves a lot of weight, on the tongue, even more if you do two 30 lb bottles. More tongue weight available for two golf cart batteries!
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:17 PM   #8
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This technology has been used for ages in firefighter air pack bottles. I was a volunteer firefighter in CT and we had them in the early 2000s. Saves a lot of weight there as well. Hauling steel cylinders around on your back is not fun!
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I like the look and functionality in that you can see how much propane you have. But I don't really think you'd save much weight if any. The 22 lb viking cylinder weighs 12 lbs. A 20 lb standard tank weights about 17 lbs empty. The main weight is in the propane therefore the viking will weight more when full than the 20 lb., but you'll have more propane for your trip! So there are advantages, but don't think you can count on less weight overall on the tongue giving you the ability to add more goodies to the tongue.
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Viking seems to be a subsidiary (or similar corporate relation) of Ragasco who have sold similar composite tanks under the Ragasco name for years - particularly in Europe - where composite tanks are more widely used.

The weight advantage (particularly as most propane tanks are carried on the tongue) is particularly important on trailers towed by smaller cars with very limited permitted tongue loads.

Any problems encountered so far seem limited to Lite Cylinder's products, and I would guess that Ragaso's products have been given extra close scrutiny by regulatory agencies in light of the Lite Cylinder fiasco. I understand the suspicion over newer technology, but its kind of ironic when so many folks here are towing (and tout the benefits of) an all fiberglass trailer!
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There are recalls of steel tanks; most recently Manchester tanks sold thru Ace Tru Value and similar retail outlets. Might be best to restrain ourselves from tarring with too wide a brush.

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But I don't really think you'd save much weight if any. The 22 lb viking cylinder weighs 12 lbs. A 20 lb standard tank weights about 17 lbs empty. The main weight is in the propane therefore the viking will weight more when full than the 20 lb...
Not quite. If a Viking with 22 lb capacity weighs 12 lb empty, that's 34 lb total. If a steel tank with 20 lb capacity weighs 17 lb empty, that's 37 lb total (and they usually have an 18 lb tare weight).

I agree that the weight savings of the composite tanks is not large, or significant as a fraction of the filled tank weight.
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Think of all the extra "rocks" we can collect with that savings........lol
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Perhaps the dream of offsetting the weight of twinned golf cart batteries by weight reduction in propane cylinders was only a dream. Having lifted my steel 40 pounder (69lb. filled) onto the tongue, I found the idea of a lighter tank appealing. The LC 25lb was like Baby Bear's chair--just right to my thinking in both handy portability and burn time. Alas not to be [sniff].

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