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Posted: 07/01/22 05:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My oldest son gave us a propane fire pit and one of those trade 20 pound propane tanks. Apparently it cost a little bit over $30 to trade for a full one. So I bought a new 20 pounder from Costco for the pit. Now I have 2 tanks for it.Both tanks have been emptied using them with the fire pit so I went to Costco had the trade in one checked to see when it was good to and that is 2027, so I had it filled and the cost was a tad over $18 a piece.


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Wife and I are in our late 70's and it's getting to be a struggle but we do it together. Often a kind neighbor will help. Thinking of going down to 3-20 pounders instead of 2-30 pound. We will just store the extra outside until we need it.

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Hi BO, Even for the younger folks these large tanks are difficult to deal with. I’m surprised, especially for a fifth wheel, that someone hasn’t come up with an easy way to get them in and out. Just putting them on a slide would help but getting them up and dow so much the better. Even as a $200 option, I’d pay it in a minute. Even the Macho-Men would because it would help in resale.

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Late to the show but if you happen to have side by side tanks, this may help. Our NuWa has the tanks on a slide out tray that puts them clear of the body. Disconnect hose on empty, loosen hold down handle and tilt outward, reverse to install. Unsure if one could find such tray in salvage yard, but I forget the company name that has slides trays in several designs.

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Pretty simple. Run your cylinders to empty and then refill them to 1/3 of capacity. No law saying they have to be refilled completely. No need to buy 20# cylinders. You will have to do it more often, but they will be lighter to remove/install. Sometimes we have to compromise as we age.

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" Sometimes we have to compromise as we age."

SCREW that!!!


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As Cummins12V98, so delicately said, the 1/3 tank is not a reasonable approach. Not if you need to run your genny for the evening for the air conditioning. That 1/3 tank would be swallowed up in a hurry.

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Mondooker wrote:

As Cummins12V98, so delicately said, the 1/3 tank is not a reasonable approach. Not if you need to run your genny for the evening for the air conditioning. That 1/3 tank would be swallowed up in a hurry.


It is if you can't lift a full cylinder. Let's see, lift a third full cylinder three times. Or, lift a completely full cylinder zero times because you are unable. Which allows you more propane?

To deny we might have to accept compromises as we age is delusional. I buy readymix in the 60 pound bags instead of the 90 pound bags now because I am more comfortable with the weight. Sure, I have to use more bags, that's the way the math works.

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Someone is always available to assist if a person just asks. ORRRRR many places have a propane truck come by to at your campsite.

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Both points are well taken guys and I thank you for each opinion. As we age both opinions apply depending on the day? [emoticon]

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