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Posted By: MikeSD on 03/01/06 06:59am

Quick question about propane costs on a Travel trailer. The one that I’m shopping for is equipped with dual 30 gal. tanks.

The tank on my gas grill is a 17lb tank, which costs roughly $15 to refill when it runs empty. That being said, doing the math and extending the cost out to account for 60gal capacity on the trailer, then filling these 2 tanks should be about $50-$55-

Does that sound about right for a rough ballpark figure?


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Posted By: millerfamily on 03/01/06 07:05am

we pay $43.90 every 10 days,That is to refill #100 propane tank
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Posted By: Joy on 03/01/06 07:05am

Depends upon the cost of the propane, obviously, but the 30 gal tank does not actually hold 30 gals. Probably not more than 25 at most.


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Posted By: millerfamily on 03/01/06 07:11am

You can only put 22 Gal of prppane in a #100 Tank


Posted By: RVN'S 4 US on 03/01/06 07:16am

It depends more on the sales conditions than anything else. Last year we paid as low as $11 per empty 30 lber in N Ft Myers FL area about a week after paying $20 each in the interior of the state because Glade Gas had a lack of competition in that area. This year in AZ we've paid less than $12 to $16, so, it is more balenced.


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Posted By: grindjv on 03/01/06 07:27am

I pay $13 for the bbq grill tank and $20 for the 30lb tank.


Posted By: starr138 on 03/01/06 07:34am

I checked with local supplier yesterday to have MH tank filled. $1,95 per gallon.This is in southern Iowa


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Posted By: snowhawkwoman on 03/01/06 07:35am

we are paying $1.55 per gallon of propane. Usually runs around $21.00 to fill our RV. At home we have a 1000 gallon propane tank - we won't even discuss that!! LOL


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Posted By: hotvdub on 03/01/06 08:12am

They do it by weight here. We pay $18.00 per 30 lbs. What is bizarre, they will not charge less if the tank is partially full. still $18.00.


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Posted By: JEBar on 03/01/06 08:15am

there is a truck that circles through Ocean Lakes at Myrtle Beach several times a day in the hope of someone flagging the driver down to fill tank(s) on a camper ... they have a flat rate of $1 a pound for the tanks rating no matter if it is empty or partly full ... 30 lb tank $30 ... needless to say I try not to fill while there

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Posted By: BigBears2 on 03/01/06 08:18am

hotvdub wrote:

They do it by weight here. We pay $18.00 per 30 lbs. What is bizarre, they will not charge less if the tank is partially full. still $18.00.


Hmmm the place I go to zeroes the scale before they start and only charges for what goes in the tank. Been so long I can't remember what it cost anymore. Guess I'll find out when I get the tanks for my new-to-me trailer. (found no tanks under the cover [emoticon] )


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Posted By: tom_kat on 03/01/06 09:03am

2.50 to 3.00 a gallon depending on where you go,some places charge a set fee for the tank size ,half full or not,some by the gallon,some by weight.


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Posted By: JohnDoe on 03/01/06 09:13am

A 30 pound tank holds 6.9 gallons, I paid 14 dollars and some change to fill up in Miami, last week.


Posted By: xfire82 on 03/01/06 10:36am

just filled mine about an hour ago. 2.30 per #. 7# per tank at local ace hardware. meter is reset to 0 before they turn on the fill hose. so only pay for what actually goes in the tank.


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Posted By: Bubtoofat on 03/02/06 06:16pm

BBQ tank is $11. 30# tank $18. I remember a few years ago we filled a 30# tank at the local gas station in Grand Bend Ontario for $2.50 Canadian. Those were the days.


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Posted By: robsouth on 03/02/06 06:40pm

I get an empty 30# tank filled for $13.25 at local propane dealer. Price has been the same for the last 3 years.


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Posted By: MrJoe on 03/02/06 05:54pm

Just for the record, propane weights 4.22lbs. to a gal and -44 degrees in a liquid state; A tank should only be filled to 80% of capacity which is where the dip tube bleeds off! In most states, the dept of weights and measure regulates the scales for an accurate count. You should only pay for what you receive; there are still propane fueled vehicles out there besides RVs! Don't forget the tank weight and inspection date also stamped on the tank; they should be inspected every 8 years according to the DOT. Don't rely on the kid at the gas pumps to know the math !!!


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Posted By: JEBar on 03/01/06 01:21pm

last time we filled a tank at a Flying Jay (in SC) was in January and they charged $1.799 a gallon

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Posted By: lonekazoo on 03/01/06 01:50pm

Flying J in Ogden, Utah was 1.399 in January. I filled two empty 30# tanks, and it only cost $17. He mentioned something about the counter not working properly, in my favor. The receipt shows it took 11.4 gallons.


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Posted By: CamperTech on 03/01/06 01:55pm

$15.00 here, for a 30#
The reason we charge for a full tank, whether empty or not, is because of labor costs. If you arrive with 20lbs in a 30lb tank, and we send a guy out to fill it, it costs us almost the $5.00 you would pay just for the employee, never mind the cost of the propane!


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Posted By: Quick trip on 03/01/06 02:41pm

If you have two tanks, you probably will not have to fill both at the same time. If it's a newer trailer, you might have the auto switch over feature. That is, when one goes empty, you have to switch the lever over to the full one. Then, when you get a chance, take out the empty and get it filled.
Even if it's auto, the lever is to let you know what tank you are using...






Posted By: rede2travel on 03/01/06 04:37pm

I just paid 14.00 for a 30 lb. bottle in Savannah. Ga.


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Posted By: hammerandsaw on 03/01/06 06:35pm

Pounds vs. gallons of propane is almost as confusing as womens dress sizes!

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Posted By: o2bpadln on 03/01/06 06:44pm

I payed $13 each for 2 20# cylinders a couple weeks ago.


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Posted By: wml410 on 03/01/06 07:35pm

In Chattanooga, TN, 2 30# tanks cost $28.00 to fill.


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Posted By: Ric & Lindee on 03/01/06 11:07am

30lbs/7 1/2 gal = $17






Posted By: rrheik123 on 03/01/06 11:45am

About $14 for about one empty 30# and one about 1/4 empty at KOA in Fredericksburg, TX.. Just paid for the actual gas needed. That was first week of February. The KOA in Fredericksburg, Tx. is really a great place for service. Going back there for a week starting Saturday, but both tanks are full and the weather is great, so probably won't empty one in a week. Last 30# lasted two weeks on the road with the furnace running every night, with temperature in low 30s.

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Posted By: lanerd on 03/01/06 12:20pm

MikeSD wrote:

Quick question about propane costs on a Travel trailer. The one that I’m shopping for is equipped with dual 30 gal. tanks.

The tank on my gas grill is a 17lb tank, which costs roughly $15 to refill when it runs empty. That being said, doing the math and extending the cost out to account for 60gal capacity on the trailer, then filling these 2 tanks should be about $50-$55-

Does that sound about right for a rough ballpark figure?


You mean 30 lb tanks...right? Not 30 gals...

Locally, I pay about $2.50 a gal and as mentioned above, that's about 7 gals per 30 lb tank.

Hope this helps

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Posted By: kampn on 03/01/06 12:24pm

$2.99/gallon - takes about 7 gallons for my 30# tank


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Posted By: MikeSD on 03/01/06 12:39pm

Thanks to all for the responses- this helped a lot.

And yes, 30 lb tanks insteads of 30 gal...[emoticon]


Posted By: luvtocamp2 on 04/09/06 04:04pm

Just had our two tanks filled Saturday and it was 19.50 per tank. They are the big tanks. Felt foolish, ran out and it was so cold. The camper only got down to 50 but still a little nippy when you are in night clothes.

We will turn one off and not let it automatically switch. We always did this with the old camper so will again with the fifth wheel.

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Posted By: pakman on 04/01/06 08:34pm

MinnCamper wrote:

I pay .99 per pound until 2008 per the dealer i bought from pro-mo special.Sweet Deal.


Hopefully you meant $0.99/gallon!


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Posted By: Bill 720 on 03/17/06 05:17pm

Hi: It cost me $29 the last time I filled two 30-pound tanks, which actually hold only 7.4 gal each of liquid propane. Bill


Posted By: pakman on 03/18/06 11:41am

nelsoje wrote:


If you are approaching a corner with 3 gas stations, do you not even look at the prices prior to pulling into the one you choose?

As a rational consumer I will go to the one with the lowest price of diesel and the easiest in&out.

The problem I have always found with getting LP tanks filled is the various pricing methods. My father just got a 30 lb tank filled and was told that they put 10 gallons in his tank. Since this is not technically possible, he was ripped off because he just decided that it was the price of being able to spend the month of February in FL rather than cold MD. In the future, I would hope that he would question this claim and at least not pay for 3 gallons that can not fit in his tank.

Outright fraud is totally a different issue. I will fight against that. But I will not spend time or energy chasing down some out of the way place to save a dime per gallon. Just me.



Posted By: Maintcpo on 03/17/06 05:29pm

I generally go with a figure of about $2 per gallon, keep 2 extra 30 Lb tanks, and 2 extra 7 gal tanks around for bbq, garage heater, or whatever. When a coule are totally empty I take them in and get filled.


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Posted By: shotgundan on 03/17/06 11:18am

Here in East Texas area I pay 13 dollars for the 30lb. bottles.


Posted By: pakman on 03/17/06 11:25am

per J. P. Morgan "If you have to ask you can't afford it"! My take on utilities (diesel, gas etc.) is that it is price I have to pay the piper to play and play I must!


Posted By: nelsoje on 03/17/06 01:14pm

pakman wrote:

per J. P. Morgan "If you have to ask you can't afford it"! My take on utilities (diesel, gas etc.) is that it is price I have to pay the piper to play and play I must!


I totally hear what you are saying. However, as some have pointed out, since the price varies so much it is nice to know whether you should look for an alternate place rather than continuing to get taken.

If you are approaching a corner with 3 gas stations, do you not even look at the prices prior to pulling into the one you choose?

The problem I have always found with getting LP tanks filled is the various pricing methods. My father just got a 30 lb tank filled and was told that they put 10 gallons in his tank. Since this is not technically possible, he was ripped off because he just decided that it was the price of being able to spend the month of February in FL rather than cold MD. In the future, I would hope that he would question this claim and at least not pay for 3 gallons that can not fit in his tank.


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Posted By: Philcapt on 03/17/06 01:32pm

How come at my campsite at the lake I pay $1.65 a gal for 20 and 30 # tanks.This dealer buys the gas from the same company that I have deliver to my home where I am on an early buy program and have to pay $2.09 a gal by paying for 600 gal up front.I havent found anybody that can justify this. Out ragousness


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Posted By: igboo on 03/17/06 02:30pm

In Dec & Jan in Sebring, FL it was $18.00 per 30# tank.
In Feb & March here in Lake Havasu City, AZ it has been $1.99/Gal and cost me $15.44 & $15.02 respectively.






Posted By: mtnman1989 on 03/17/06 05:34am

MrJoe wrote:

Just for the record, propane weights 4.22lbs. to a gal and -44 degrees in a liquid state; A tank should only be filled to 80% of capacity which is where the dip tube bleeds off! In most states, the dept of weights and measure regulates the scales for an accurate count. You should only pay for what you receive; there are still propane fueled vehicles out there besides RVs! Don't forget the tank weight and inspection date also stamped on the tank; they should be inspected every 8 years according to the DOT. Don't rely on the kid at the gas pumps to know the math !!!


Can someone jump in here and give out some more facts like above?
We know how much a gallon of gas weighs, 4.22lbs.
How many gallons does a 20 pound tank hold?
How many gallons does a 30 pound tank hold?
How much does a 20 pound tank really weigh?
How much does a 30 pound tank really weigh?
Add anything I left out.
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Posted By: Randu on 03/02/06 06:42pm

It pays to call around as at home the price is between $2.00-$2.60 a gallon, ($14-$18 per 30# tank) depending on the fuel store. Found the same to be true in Dec when in Myrtle Beach. As reported before, $30 per tank in campground, $17-20 per tank depending on which of 4 stores I called. Phone calls are cheap if you can save $$ per tank. Randy


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Posted By: GeoffW on 03/02/06 07:54pm

$10 for the 20LB and $16 for 30LB (Both in CDN)so only $32 for both tanks on the camper (So about $28USD)


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Posted By: Retired andLoveIt on 03/04/06 12:26am

There is no competition here so the local dealer gets $22 for a 20lb. tank, half full or empty. I haven't asked him about the 30lb. tank. I drop mine off at a local Mennonite diesel mechanic and he fills the 20# for $10 and the 30# for $15. I try not to make a special trip. I have extra tanks so I never run out. It's amazing how someone will gouge the public when they have the market cornered.


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Posted By: JayFlightFlyer on 03/04/06 07:50am

$45 for the Jayco dealer to refill two 30 lb tanks. Sigh.


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Posted By: wittmeba on 03/04/06 07:52am

MikeSD wrote:

Quick question about propane costs on a Travel trailer. The one that I’m shopping for is equipped with dual 30 gal. tanks.

The tank on my gas grill is a 17lb tank, which costs roughly $15 to refill when it runs empty. That being said, doing the math and extending the cost out to account for 60gal capacity on the trailer, then filling these 2 tanks should be about $50-$55-

Does that sound about right for a rough ballpark figure?

Just had 1 done about 3 weeks ago. The tank is a 30LB tank and holds about 7 gallons. It cost $21.00.


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Posted By: MinnCamper on 03/29/06 01:05pm

I pay .99 per pound until 2008 per the dealer i bought from pro-mo special.Sweet Deal.


Posted By: gouldc on 03/29/06 01:39pm

So if a 30# tank holds about 7 gallons at about 4# per gallon, it's costing you $28 per 30# bottle?

That doesn't sound like much of a deal.


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Posted By: thatguy1967 on 03/29/06 01:41pm

Just filled my 20# tank for $10.00 even.


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