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Comments for New federal regulations have some effect on RVers

  • As always…you all are a fount of information! THANK-YOU! BUT…..where does one get the tank inspected? And by whom?

    • Carole: We’ll supply a link to a list of authorized inspection agencies; should have that available by Monday.

      • If you pass through or stop in Yuma Arizona go to Cactus Storage/Foothills Propane. They are certified to do the visual inspection on portable propane tanks. They do a dozen, or so, each day. And the people are really friendly.

    • My experience has been that there are no facilities locally to inspect these tanks. Maybe in a large city but not anyplace I lived. This is an example of more waste because the tanks end up scrapped. My tanks looked brand new when scrapped. The propane facilities sell you new tanks this way. Another caveat, check the dates on the tank before you buy, I’ve found new tanks with 2-3 year old dates that had set around the warehouse forever.

      • In Canada those “scrapped” tanks end up at one of those tank trading outfits that are literally everywhere. They recertify them, repaint them, refill them and resell them for about 50 bucks or trade your CURRENT 20lb bottle for 20 to 30 dollars. I’m pretty sure that they are all over the states as well but I just can’t see them in my mind right now.

  • I went to one of our local LP delivery companies to see how much a “re-certification” would cost. The lady said not to bother getting a re-cert because it cost too much. They no longer do it at their facility and instead, would have to ship them to some magical place in CA (we’re in Nevada), and would cost a fortune. Just buy a new tanks. Hurumph!

  • As a supplement to the article, I don’t think permanently mounted tanks are affected by this regulation. Maybe someone can elaborate.

    • Drew: You’re correct; the permanently mounted tanks found on motorhomes are ASME certified, and the ruling doesn’t apply to them.

      • What is asme and how does it differ from however the portable bottles are certified. How is the tank different and how can anyone be confident in a tank that is in most instances openly exposed to and within a few inches of a salt, sand and water covered highway and thousands of which are over 30 years old?

        • Roy: There’s a manufacturer plate on all propane containers. The plate will indicate the certification as being ASME or DOT. Rest assured, in the US, all motorhome permanent tanks are ASME certified. As to how they handle being smacked with road debris, shaken (not stirred), and exposed to salt water in winter and still come off without blasting us to Kingdom Come is one of those unresolved mysteries. I wouldn’t be surprised that, for a fee, one of those DOT recertifiers would be happy to eyeball your ASME tanks to suggest that it’s still safe. As to the differences between ASME tanks and DOT cylinder construction, you’ve hit a great question, and one that we’ll try and research and present in a future newsletter. Thanks!

  • Since my family is in that RV at the RV park parked next to you, thank you for getting YOUR bottle requalified every 10 years.

  • Ferrel Gas and Amerigas are 2 of the companies that will certify tanks. Look for a propane service that delivers to houses since they will certainly be able to rectify the tanks.