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Old 12-08-2013, 05:31 AM   #1
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My LP tanks are probably past due for servicing. I kept smelling LP odor and looked inside the valve. The rubber seal inside there looks dry and brittle and cracked. What is the proper way to maintain LP tanks? I don't want to use rental tanks where simply swapping out would solve the problem so owning and keeping my own tanks safe is required.
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There really is no way to "maintain" a propane tank other than to wipe it down, check it for leaks using a spray bottle with soap and water periodically and of course check for heavy rust. If it is a newer OPD tank (the triangle valve) I'm pretty sure you can rebuild the valve with new seals. If not replace just the valve. Hope this helps.
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I think you would be opening a can of worms trying to repair a propane tank valve me I would trade it in at WalMart just take a good look at the date on the tank and get the newest one you can find.
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:21 AM   #4
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Isn't there a time limit that LP tanks should be reconditioned? What do they do to "recondition" tanks?

Guess I'll check WW for another set and get it over with.
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You can purchase tanks at any "good" RV store.....and just have them filled at a propane dealer. I'm not sure of the "age" of a tank but I do know we had 2 tanks (80#)for a propane stove we used when we did catering at events.....when we moved to the North Country our propane dealer would not fill them - so they went to the dead cylinder yard......
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No, the whole tank does not need to be junked.
They can be re-certified by a full service propane dealer like Amerigas

Take them to a service center that works on propane devices. They re-certify them by replacing the valve on the tank. If it is an older tank with non stop-fill valves, they will be replaced with the new style valves.
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I did read that the tank needed to be re-certified every 12 years and my tanks were from 2000. I guess if I keep these tanks, and don't see why I shouldn't since there is no rust, a new valve is in order for each tank. Might call our local LP dealer to see how much that event costs.

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I did read that the tank needed to be re-certified every 12 years and my tanks were from 2000. I guess if I keep these tanks, and don't see why I shouldn't since there is no rust, a new valve is in order for each tank. Might call our local LP dealer to see how much that event costs.

Thanks for the replies.
I'd be interested in your results, as I may need to do the same.
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Yep 12 years and 5 years there after. As far as I know they get a new valve or the should have a new valve. For the 30-40 dollar fee I would just trade them in pick through the tanks and grab one with the newest date. I fill tanks for a local camp ground and I have yet to see a full tank from any propane refiller but if you get a good tank it's worth the 1 or two of propane they stiff you for. I trade mine when they get a little rust on them nice new paint and 17# of propane.
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After checking my options I think I will go with the Blue Rhino tanks and be careful about what tanks I choose. Since we do most of our camping here in Florida the LP lasts us a long time. these tanks were last filled in 2010 so three years on two 20# tanks ain't so bad and shouldn't break the bank when replacing tanks later on. I do like the idea of being able to go to many outlet stores and get LP any hour the stores are open, like 24 hours for some, instead of waiting for a LP truck to run thru the campground or spending a long time waiting for someone to finally get to the LP filling station. there is something to be said for convenience. Knowing to visually check the rubber gasket in the valve and the date of the tank puts me ahead of the game when buying.

Hope this thread will help others when filling their tanks.

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On the plus side for the exchange tanks is that they are constantly checked for certification by the company filling the tanks. When my old tanks needed to be changed from old style valve to new style I just swapped them for a good looking pair.
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You can purchase tanks at any "good" RV store.....and just have them filled at a propane dealer. I'm not sure of the "age" of a tank but I do know we had 2 tanks (80#)for a propane stove we used when we did catering at events.....when we moved to the North Country our propane dealer would not fill them - so they went to the dead cylinder yard......
OK so I spoke out of line.....I checked with Leo and he said the tanks did not go to the dead cylinder yard......our propane dealer did fill them, then Leo gave them to our daughter and son-in-law for use at their home......and they are still using them....oes to show you how much I get kept in the loop.

All this time I thought they would not fill them.........opps!!!!
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LOL! I'm wrong quite often and more so when I post opinion as fact online, *grin*
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