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Posted: 11/12/19 11:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Around here also, many places charge by the fill, not the amount. Even our propane company charges a straight rate to fill a 20 or 30 pound tank. Amount is irrelevant.
I'd find another propane place. I've =never= seen that and, if I did, I'd just say, "not interested", and go elsewhere. F'n ripoff!
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laknox wrote:

fj12ryder wrote:

Around here also, many places charge by the fill, not the amount. Even our propane company charges a straight rate to fill a 20 or 30 pound tank. Amount is irrelevant.


I'd find another propane place. I've =never= seen that and, if I did, I'd just say, "not interested", and go elsewhere. F'n ripoff!

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You are certainly free to do however you want, but that is common around here, and this isn't California. However, I was merely stating that there are places that fill tanks that way. Maybe the next time you're out on the road and you need to fill a half-empty tank, that's all you'll find.

Not everything operates the way you think they should, last time I looked very few businesses get your okay before they do things. Don't like it? That's life.


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fj12ryder wrote:

I was merely stating that there are places that fill tanks that way. .
I believe it's westernrvparkowner who tells the story of crawling under a Class A to "top off" the propane and it takes 75¢ worth. So I think he charges a minimum.

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2oldman wrote:

fj12ryder wrote:

I was merely stating that there are places that fill tanks that way. .
I believe it's westernrvparkowner who tells the story of crawling under a Class A to "top off" the propane and it takes 75¢ worth. So I think he charges a minimum.
Yes and I have seen a line of 2 or 5 lb cylinders getting filled. PITN compared to filling a single 30 lb. A certain amount of propane is vented off too for each connection.

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ford truck guy wrote:

agree..i'm not paying for the full bottle if I am topping off for a trip..
maybe it;s a Cali thing?


Not a California thing. None of the places I get propane at do it this way. And no one has ever whinged because it wasn't totally empty when I came in.


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time2roll wrote:

2oldman wrote:

fj12ryder wrote:

I was merely stating that there are places that fill tanks that way. .
I believe it's westernrvparkowner who tells the story of crawling under a Class A to "top off" the propane and it takes 75¢ worth. So I think he charges a minimum.
Yes and I have seen a line of 2 or 5 lb cylinders getting filled. PITN compared to filling a single 30 lb. A certain amount of propane is vented off too for each connection.


So I guess now everyone should have 30lb container only because anything less is not worth doing the job.

Obviously not everyone thinks they are a PITN if there are lines of them being refilled - neither the customers who use them or the business that fills them.

I don't care if you want to wait until your tanks are empty, but I prefer to fill mine at home before the trip than in the middle of my trip - if that means filling it somewhere between 1/2 full and empty then so be it.

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Obviously not everyone thinks they are a PITN if there are lines of them being refilled - neither the customers who use them or the business that fills them.
Was charged the same minimum as a 20# fill for each of the small cylinders. My 30# was just charged the straight gallon rate. Actions are motivated by local costs.

You might do the same if your local charged as such. Be glad they do not.

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The industry offers an replacement OPD valve/gauge combo that uses a float inside the tank. Y can get it added next time your tanks are due for re certification.
Search OPD gauge in google.


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Those gauges/valves look like the way to go. Ebay had them for about $40 for two of them. Thanks for the heads-up.

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Contact your propane supplier/dealer about upgrading your bottles with float gauges/ valves. That ebay price might not look so good with the installation which must be done when they are emptied. you may end up with a higher cost than buying new bottles with the float giage valves.
Then sell your standard bottles to ?

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