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Old 04-20-2019, 03:01 PM   #1
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Question Refill Propane Tank?

My latest challenge with my 1997 Solaris T2653 is to refill a propane tank for the first time. I've looked in the files section but don't see one on how to do it. Can anyone tell me how to detach the empty propane tank safely and to reattach after I get it refilled? I've included a picture of the hoses and attachments. Thank you.
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Ok if you a familiar with removing bolts/nuts that's the wrong direction to loosen the fitting! Yes they are left handed threads they go backwards tighten to loosen make sense right? Don't forget to turn the gas valve off first!
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Don't forget to turn the gas valve off first!
Where's the fun in that?

Something to be prepared for is that if the tank is more than 12 years old, it's illegal to fill it without re-certification. I mention that because of the rust spots I see in the pic.

If the fill station turns you away, usually the most economical alternative is to take it to one of those places where you trade in your empty cylinder for a full one.
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I would suggest a campground that fills cylinders they are a good bit more lenient. The trick I have found is someone like WalMart they are all most clueless so you get a new/recertified tank that any one will fill. The down side they, and all refilled corporate co. will stiff you for a bit over a gallon claiming they can't put 20 lbs in a 20# tank. So next go around take the tank to someone that will put 20# in.
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As FYI on the LP gas recertification. The original 12 years is now 10 years even it if it stamped 12 years on the bottle. The law changed here in Ohio and I suspect it may be a national thing.

I take my tanks to my local LP gas company. They can recertify the tanks, it cost me about $3.50 a tank and the re-cert is good for 5 years. The price of LP from them is always cheaper then say Tractor Supply or other places that refill LP tanks by the gallon/pound as a side line. The flat rate places are even higher in many cases then those selling by the gallon or pound.

I will admit, it is getting harder and harder to find places that will recertify tanks. It's all about the liability as their name is on it and they only get $3.50 a tank or so to do it. Or LP place is 5 minutes down the road from our house. I'm one lucky duck for sure, just I have to be there at 7:00am or 2:30 PM as it is a satellite place as they are out delivering LP with their trucks.

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The exchange tanks are certified so if your tank is not certified exchange it then the next time you can take it anywhere and have them fill it it's a cheap simple way to get a certified tank all most full of propane.
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Actually the question is: How do I DETACH the propane tank? It's turned off. No rust, just dirt.





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As FYI on the LP gas recertification. The original 12 years is now 10 years even it if it stamped 12 years on the bottle. The law changed here in Ohio and I suspect it may be a national thing.

I take my tanks to my local LP gas company. They can recertify the tanks, it cost me about $3.50 a tank and the re-cert is good for 5 years. The price of LP from them is always cheaper then say Tractor Supply or other places that refill LP tanks by the gallon/pound as a side line. The flat rate places are even higher in many cases then those selling by the gallon or pound.

I will admit, it is getting harder and harder to find places that will recertify tanks. It's all about the liability as their name is on it and they only get $3.50 a tank or so to do it. Or LP place is 5 minutes down the road from our house. I'm one lucky duck for sure, just I have to be there at 7:00am or 2:30 PM as it is a satellite place as they are out delivering LP with their trucks.

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Other than the part holding it to the camper there is only the fitting at the valve. From your picture it will require a 7/8 inch wrench or crescent wrench and it will turn clockwise to loosen, the fitting will stay connected to the hose but free from the tank.
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On the right side of your picture there's a large "wingnut". Loosening that will allow you to detach the bar holding the cylinder in place.
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Actually the question is: How do I DETACH the propane tank? It's turned off. No rust, just dirt.
Wow... Sorry. We sort of missed the actual question as we "thought" you were talking about. We thought you wanted to know how to detach the hose fitting from the tank which is left hand thread and not a normal right handed thread.

To remove the "tank" from the camper.

1. Remove the LP gas hose from the tank. This is LH thread. I think we have this covered.

2. Loosen the large wing nut in between the 2 tanks on the threaded rod. This is normal right hand thread. You have to loosen it enough to be able lift the silver cross bar under it. This is what Tinstaaffl is mentioning.

3. Lift up the silver cross bar between the 2 tanks and slide it out of the way.

4. Lift the tank up off the tank rack. Note: Sometimes the bottom of the tank gets stuck in the tank rack. You may have to wiggle it around to break free the rust, dirt and or a bent tank flange on the bottom or a slightly bent tank rack. The tank feels stuck. Once you get it off, you can see the area that was "stuck" and it may need attention to straighten it or de rust it etc.

Hope we have it right this time.

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Maybe this can help

The Sunline LP tank racks are "normally" made out of small formed plate that has an angle lip on it around where the tanks fit.

Sometimes the bottom ring on the tank gets rusted to the tank angle side lip and it seems like it really stuck on there. Wiggling the tank normally breaks the rust free and the tank comes off.

Here is my T310SR going through a painting process. You can see the tank tray on the A frame.








Hope this helps

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Thank you. Yes my questions are pretty basic; I was a tent person and I have never used a camper in my life before! This answer is just what I needed. Propane is a little scary! Thanks again.


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Wow... Sorry. We sort of missed the actual question as we "thought" you were talking about. We thought you wanted to know how to detach the hose fitting from the tank which is left hand thread and not a normal right handed thread.

To remove the "tank" from the camper.

1. Remove the LP gas hose from the tank. This is LH thread. I think we have this covered.

2. Loosen the large wing nut in between the 2 tanks on the threaded rod. This is normal right hand thread. You have to loosen it enough to be able lift the silver cross bar under it. This is what Tinstaaffl is mentioning.

3. Lift up the silver cross bar between the 2 tanks and slide it out of the way.

4. Lift the tank up off the tank rack. Note: Sometimes the bottom of the tank gets stuck in the tank rack. You may have to wiggle it around to break free the rust, dirt and or a bent tank flange on the bottom or a slightly bent tank rack. The tank feels stuck. Once you get it off, you can see the area that was "stuck" and it may need attention to straighten it or de rust it etc.

Hope we have it right this time.

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Thank you. Yes my questions are pretty basic; I was a tent person and I have never used a camper in my life before! This answer is just what I needed. Propane is a little scary! Thanks again.
No worries. We are all glad to help. Just the "lingo" on a camper to a new person is also a learning experience. We try and decode what you tell us, and sometimes we read it wrong. And then the english language can use the same words with very different contexts making the whole problem worse.

Seeing a perfect picture of the older left hand gas tank all brass fitting, for sure had me thinking you could not get the hose off the tank. All the new LP tanks have the plastic nuts that are all right hand.

Don't worry, we were all new at this the first time. And we all have fire chat along stores of our early days blunders... I made some big ones. And still do...

Ask away. Any and all questions welcomed! Pic's help too!
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Attached is a picture of my tanks, showing what recertification looks like via the silver sticker. My (original) tanks were stamped with a 6-96 manufacture date.
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