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Our tanks came up on the expiration date so we had our RV guy inspect them. He did, passed them, the stamped new dates in them for us. Good to go.


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Take them to any exchange place like Blue Rhino, located at stores everywhere.

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There are a few things not listed in this thread.
1. DOT portable tanks HAVE to be recertified every 12 years
2. IF you have a out of date or damaged Cylinder, just go to an EXCHANGE service like HD or Lowes. The profit model takes in to account damaged or out of certification cylinders.
3. Below is the DOT law

§ 180.605 Requirements for periodic
testing, inspection and repair of
portable tanks.
(a) A portable tank constructed in
accordance with a DOT specification
for which a test or inspection specified
in this subpart has become due, must
be tested or inspected prior to being returned for transportation.
(b) Conditions requiring test and inspection of portable tanks. Without regard to
any other test or inspection requirements, a Specification or UN portable
tank must be tested and inspected in
accordance with this section prior to
further use if any of the following conditions exist:
(1) The portable tank shows evidence
of dents, corroded or abraded areas,
leakage, or any other condition that
might render it unsafe for transportation service.
(2) The portable tank has been in an
accident and has been damaged to an
extent that may adversely affect its
ability to retain the hazardous materia

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2oldman wrote:

Take them to any exchange place like Blue Rhino, located at stores everywhere.
THIS!!! And usually they'll let you select the cylinder you want off the shelf. Pick the one with the newest date.


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TurnThePage wrote:

2oldman wrote:

Take them to any exchange place like Blue Rhino, located at stores everywhere.
THIS!!! And usually they'll let you select the cylinder you want off the shelf. Pick the one with the newest date.



This is what I do. I even exchanged a 25 year old style tank.


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miltvill wrote:

I even exchanged a 25 year old style tank.
I exchanged my old 7 gallon tanks, and they don't even sell those.

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Many places that sell propane will also recodition the cylinders.

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Last month I was a the city waste disposal site and someone had dropped off a BBQ grill with an LP tank attached. I took it and stopped at WalMart on the way home to exchange it. I ended up getting a nice, shiny, new LP tank with 15 pounds of LP in it for $15. Not a bad deal.


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dougrainer wrote:

There are a few things not listed in this thread.
1. DOT portable tanks HAVE to be recertified every 12 years
2. IF you have a out of date or damaged Cylinder, just go to an EXCHANGE service like HD or Lowes. The profit model takes in to account damaged or out of certification cylinders.
3. Below is the DOT law

§ 180.605 Requirements for periodic
testing, inspection and repair of
portable tanks.
(a) A portable tank constructed in
accordance with a DOT specification
for which a test or inspection specified
in this subpart has become due, must
be tested or inspected prior to being returned for transportation.
(b) Conditions requiring test and inspection of portable tanks. Without regard to
any other test or inspection requirements, a Specification or UN portable
tank must be tested and inspected in
accordance with this section prior to
further use if any of the following conditions exist:
(1) The portable tank shows evidence
of dents, corroded or abraded areas,
leakage, or any other condition that
might render it unsafe for transportation service.
(2) The portable tank has been in an
accident and has been damaged to an
extent that may adversely affect its
ability to retain the hazardous materia


It's actually 10 years with recertification extending the expiration 5 years for a visual inspection with 2 recertifications allowed or a 10 year extension for a proper pressure test with both giving a maximum life of 20 years.


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2oldman wrote:

Take them to any exchange place like Blue Rhino, located at stores everywhere.

and only get 15 lbs of propane instead of 20lbs

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