U-Haul Rolls Out Refillable 1-LB Propane Cylinders in California - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-16-2016, 01:20 PM   #1
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U-Haul Rolls Out Refillable 1-LB Propane Cylinders in California

This was just posted over on the U-Haul Facebook page. Neato!

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Doing some calculations, I would need to spend $120 US to get the tanks and amount of propane that's in my refillable 10 lb. tank. My tank cost me $40 and a fill costs about $10. You can also buy 5 lb. tanks.
So, it's OK with me that the offer is only U-Haul US.
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In this case, bigger is cheaper. In the state of Oregon, a lot of our state parks have huge recycle bins for the disposable 1# containers. Those bins are overflowing full every time I see one. This may help with that problem as not everyone wants to lug around a larger tank. So, I still think it's a NEATO idea.
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I like the idea. I don't use more than 1-2 lbs of propane on a trip so don't like carrying the big tank. I could get a 5 lb tank but this would be much more convenient.
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I have some empties but I think the deal for the free refillable was before I seen that on Facebook
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In this case, bigger is cheaper. In the state of Oregon, a lot of our state parks have huge recycle bins for the disposable 1# containers. Those bins are overflowing full every time I see one. This may help with that problem as not everyone wants to lug around a larger tank. So, I still think it's a NEATO idea.
This is good news for HC1 owners as it is designed to use the smaller tanks and should make it much cheaper to use.
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People who have large tanks are not their target market.
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People who have large tanks are not their target market.
Obviously.
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Bet a handy guy/gal could refill one of these him/herself at home.
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Well if you use the 1 lb disposables, and you live in California, you might as well go ahead and buy a few of these refillable ones. I am sure that California will ban the disposable ones as soon as the refillable ones are proven to work. Ask yourself why Uhaul started this in California instead of anywhere else.
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Is it only California? I know our local Uhaul here refills bottles for grilles etc
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If you click on the link that Donna provided, you can read all about it.
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1 lb tanks can be purchased around here for a little over $3 each. I think this refillable tank is great for the environmentally motivated individual, but not so much for the financially motivated person.

5 lb tanks? I didn't know they made that size. I'll have to check it out.
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Five pound tank is more expensive than ten and ten is more expensive than twenty.
I opted for the ten as a compromise; capacity and convenience.
Earlier I had a five pound tank and ran into a problem getting it filled, because the person doing the fill had only been trained ( if you can call it that ) on filling twenty pound tanks. That only happened once in a small town.
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I had a five pound tank and ran into a problem getting it filled, because the person doing the fill had only been trained ( if you can call it that ) on filling twenty pound tanks.
Wonder how the concept of filling three different sizes of water jugs went for them.......
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1 lb tanks can be purchased around here for a little over $3 each. I think this refillable tank is great for the environmentally motivated individual, but not so much for the financially motivated person.
But those $3, 1 lb tanks are not refillable.. or it's not recommended and yes, I do know people have done it, some successfully, some not.

For $11.95 you get a tank that's refillable for 12 years. If you use the 1 lb tanks, how many do you go through in a ten year period? U-Haul says it costs $1.95 to refill. Bet I can find it cheaper than that.
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Exactly. Twelve refills to break even is not bad. Right now, getting refills might be the inconvenience- I'm guessing the equipment to refill them is proprietary, so you have to find a U-Haul store.

If the idea catches on, price and convenience may improve as more vendors offer the service. I think the concept has merit. I just hate throwing away those canisters, and even where available, recycling is far less efficient than reusing.

I'm toying with swapping the single 5 gal. tank on my Scamp for two 2.5 gal. tanks- one to fuel the trailer (stove and furnace only, no fridge, used infrequently) and one to fuel the camp kitchen (stove & lantern). I already have one from my tenting days- love the size, and plenty of capacity for our camping style. Might make the battery box easier to access. Expensive, though, and no after-hours swaps at convenience stores... hmmm...
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It's about time. I've carried a 5 lb for years because I hate the waste and now cost of the 1 lb canisters. I do carry a couple of canisters for backup but really never need them. If these work well and become widespread I'll likely switch back.

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It's about time. I've carried a 5 lb for years because I hate the waste and now cost of the 1 lb canisters. I do carry a couple of canisters for backup but really never need them. If these work well and become widespread I'll likely switch back.

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You'll need to carry the 5 lb as backup in case you can't find a U-Haul dealer near by with propane.
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https://www.amazon.com/Shnozzle-SAFE.../dp/B00EV59S1W
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