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Old 11-11-2010, 09:28 PM   #1
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The Difference between RV and BBQ Propane Tanks

I did a quick search because I'm sure I'm not the first person to ask this; but why is there a huge difference in price between the propane tanks for BBQs and for an RV?

My new trailer came with a 20 pound tank; and I was thinking of bringing along a second one. It looks like the tanks at RV dealers are 2-3 times as much as what I can buy elsewhere.

Just want to make sure I'm not wasting my money; or making some sort of risk.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:36 PM   #2
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The tanks are the same, meaning the same value, but you will be paying more at the dealer.
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A propane tank is a propane tank. where you buy it and how much you spend doesn't matter, as long as it has the new valve in it, (required on all new tanks since 2000 or so). Dealers are trying to make money where they can, like car salesmen, extended warranties and accessories. You can get any legal propane tank and be fine. You can also buy a spare wheel and tire much cheaper sometimes.
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I meant to say "valve".
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:39 PM   #5
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Absolutely ZERO difference. I switch my gas grill and RV tanks on my Flagstaff around all the time. Get an extra at Sam's club...great prices. DON'T go to the 7-11 gas exchange cages in front of these stores- you only get 15 lbs. of gas for around 22.00! My local propane dealer fills my 20's for 14.00 each. Randy
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:45 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. That is kinda funny because the guy doing my walkthrough said something about it being certified for transportation or something.
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:11 AM   #7
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Thanks guys. That is kinda funny because the guy doing my walkthrough said something about it being certified for transportation or something.
He was correct -- partially. In fact they're called DOT cylinders because they have to be registered by the Department Of Transportation. BUT, so do the BBQ cylinders. If you look at the collar you'll see a DOT registration # on it.

Just for extra clarification, the permanently mounted tanks in motorhomes are not DOT registered but are ACME certified. You can find a U1 data plate on them.

Here's a good place to buy cylinders.
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:18 AM   #8
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You can probably get them at Home Depot. Our old TT came with a pair of 20 pounders and we took then off and use them as spares for the BBQ and bought a pair of 30lb ones and a cover for them.
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:35 AM   #9
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It’s nice to have a spare tank but storing another 20lb tank can be excessive depending on your camper.
I picked up a 5 lb cylinder from amazon.
For me it provides piece of mind without taking up a lot of room/weight.
It’s enough to get through most trips should I run out.

Check out these new tanks I recently ran across.
Lite Cylinder
They are near the top of my list for next year.
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It pays not to jump at the first price you see.

A couple years ago I went to Wal-Mart for a griddle for the camper.
In housewares they had one for $10.
I went back to the sporting goods dept & they had the same one marked as $12.
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