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1ed

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Posted: 11/06/19 09:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Where do you fill propane while traveling?
I know a lot of campgrounds will have someone that is mobile and can come to your site, but what if you are going boodocking.
The company that fills my house tank use to do but now they have a new truck and something to do with increased pressure.
My tank are 30 pounds so not that easy to move around. Ed

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Posted: 11/06/19 09:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All I ever do is put the empty in the back of the truck and go find a place to fill it.
Yeah a little heavy when full but not that bad.


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My tanks each weigh 36 lb when full. The good news is that when they are empty, they weigh less than 20. So it is not a big problem to put the empty one into the back of my truck and go get more propane.

Also, a tank will usually last me three weeks or a month, so it is rare that we need a refill while on a camping trip. When one gets empty, we usually just switch to the full tank and then refill when we get home.

Propane is amazing stuff -- very high "energy density." (A little goes a long way!)


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My tank are a few years old and I take them to my propane dealer in town. If I run out on the road, I swap them out for the best looking tanks at the local gas station LP exchange. If they were new tanks I probably would not do that.

I do carry a extra tank in a milk crate secured in the truck bed.


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Posted: 11/06/19 09:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just keep my eyes out for the word PROPANE. Or if I see a bulk tank I just pull in. Have used a campground service also. Never been a big deal unless well below freezing and the place I was going closed an hour ago....


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Posted: 11/06/19 09:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My tanks are 30 pounds and weigh 55 pounds when full. All of the exchange places in my area ONLY swap the 20 pound tanks. Hence the question.

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1ed wrote:

My tanks are 30 pounds and weigh 55 pounds when full. All of the exchange places in my area ONLY swap the 20 pound tanks. Hence the question.


Last time I was getting my tank(s) filled the guy in front of me had a 9 gallon tank. He was pushing 80 years and could not lift the full tank, so I lifted into his truck for him, really not that bad.


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rbpru wrote:

My tank are a few years old and I take them to my propane dealer in town. If I run out on the road, I swap them out for the best looking tanks at the local gas station LP exchange. If they were new tanks I probably would not do that.

I do carry a extra tank in a milk crate secured in the truck bed.

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When we go camping I put two full 20# tanks on and carry an additional 20 in the bed of my truck.
The extra 20 usually powers one of my Blackstone Griddles or a single burner
for Low Country Boils.
I'd rather have a half dozen 20s rather than 30s.
Easier to carry, easier to trade out when the Expiration date is coming up,
And our local garbage men pick up lots of them on the curb.
A case of beer and I can pick thru them for the best 4 tanks.
Yep I bribe civil employees... I'm a retired LEO.
I'm a little low on scruples since I retired...

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Posted: 11/06/19 10:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

New 2020 Rockwood comes with 30 pound standard.

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FWIW, those plastic milk crates are great for hauling propane bottles. You don't have to tie them down so they don't roll around in the back of your truck.

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