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Posted: 01/12/21 03:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Land Yachters wrote:

A bit colder here in the south than I was expecting and using significant amount of propane. I have built in 24 gal tank and wanted to ask how everyone finds local sources for propane fill ups. Any experience with delivery, or too expensive to consider?

Upper 20's at night with highs in the 30's-40's in GA and Alabama for past few weeks and we just started full timing. Brrrrr.

Appreciate the help.


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Many MH owners have extend a stay hookups.
Works well if you have a toad that can take the tank to a fill station.


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Propane and fireplace stores that have a large tank on the side of the building, hardware stores, propane gas places, etc. Lots of places. First time I got mine filled, I was passing by a real nice looking fireplace and outdoor patio accessory place north of Albany GA. I turned around and went back and spied a large tank next to the building, so i went in and asked and the owner said he too owned a motorhome and yes, just pull it up. I told him the dealer filled it when I bought the mH and had no idea what I had used. Seem to recall I took about 5 gals was all. Ace Hardware Apalachicola FL has a tank next to the building, I spied while eating next door. I walked over and asked, they said they filled RV's all the time, so you just gotta keep your eyes peeled for the large tank.

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So, the answer is effectively anywhere that sells propane in bulk that your rig fits or have it delivered.


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Most places that sell propane in bulk will be accessible to most motorhomes, at least in my experience. Maybe less so if you have a toad attached (and so it's difficult or impossible to back up). Around me in New England, at least, many hardware stores (as distinct from big-box home improvement stores) sell propane, as do Tractor Supply, some UHaul dealers, propane distributors, some gas stations, etc.

Some Pilot/Flying J truck stops have propane, and their web site lets you search based on that criteria. I stopped at one a couple days ago found with said web site and filled up my tank that was approaching empty.





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Most ACE hardware stores also sell propane.


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One note for the OP

Propane usage for heating is very common across the US once a person gets away from large urban areas. The first few times might be a concern, but you will quickly learn what to look for, and how to get your tank filled.

Yes, it is a bit more of a chore if you have a motorhome unit, but not a major pain unless you intend to stay parked for several weeks/ months at a time. Even then, a supplemental external tank can be easy to arrange and keep full.

You might be surprised like I was at the number of people who winter in places with snow up past their hind end in RVs, TT, 5er, Class C, Class A - some RVers are in Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, the upper peninsula of Michigan, Maine even now.


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Thanks all for the input. Asked CG where we are staying, and where we are going, and no delivery available, but now know what to look for. I passed a large "gas" dealer here outside of Birmingham and called for delivery, and was told "NO" we don't do delivery to RVs. I was a bit put off on their attitude and was going to ask if was ok to pull RV into lot, but decided I didn't want to give them business due to attitude. We still have 30% left in the tank. God, I am tired of being cold here down south. Wake up cold, go to bed cold. Took the dog out last night in "freezing fog", and thought I was in the Twilight Zone. Couldn't see the dog at the end of the leash. I have been in lots of weird weather and seen this before, but it was odder than previous because there was no light besides my headlight and it kind of blinded me. That's why we love doing this ....right?


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Get a 30 or 100 pound tank and an extended stay kit and run off it. Assuming you have toad and able to load the tank.

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