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Old 08-17-2013, 08:56 PM   #1
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Aluminum propane tanks

I just found out that aluminum propane tanks don't have an expiration date. I have an original tank from my 1989 sabre trawler; I had it inspected and filled for $17.50!
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:21 PM   #2
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If you take that empty original 1989 tank into a propane tank exchange store (i.e. Blue Rhino) they'll exchange it for a current OPD valve tank filled with propane for about $20.
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:15 PM   #3
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I just found out that aluminum propane tanks don't have an expiration date. I have an original tank from my 1989 sabre trawler; I had it inspected and filled for $17.50!
Have a source for that info..I have searched but have not seen any specific difference in cert requirements for aluminum.

What I have seen...All DOT tanks...12 years, then recert and visual inspections at 5 year intervals...not sure about 5 year intervals whether just one then another recert...my sources not clear.
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Flyweight: I don't think blue rhino will replace a 20 lb aluminum tank for $20.
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Flyweight: I don't think blue rhino will replace a 20 lb aluminum tank for $20.
If you're talking about a standard 20 Lb propane bottle like this



that is often used on propane grills and many boats, just bring in the empty and leave with a full bottle. I do it all the time in my neighborhood.

I replaced both of my boat's old propane bottles like this (with the old valve style) with new OPD style tanks for about $20 each. The price varies by location. I've seen some charge $18.99 and others $23.99. It costs slightly more than just refilling a tank, but you get a newer tank with a current standard fitting in the deal.

Here's a link to their website. You can text them with your zip code to find the closest outlet. http://www.bluerhino.com/BRWEB/Tank-...t-Propane.aspx
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:46 AM   #8
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For a cruiser the ability to swop a tank almost anywhere is grand.

A BBQ tank is the way to go with the least hassle.
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