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Old 07-01-2015, 06:05 PM   #1
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How to fill 30lb propane tanks

This is the first time that I have a fifth wheel with 30lb tanks and I am wondering how you get them filled. The 20lb tanks were no problem taking them off and bringing them to get filled, but there is no way that I am going to bring the 30lb to get filled as I won't be able to handle them full.

Do most of you get them filled on site from a mobile or what?



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Old 07-01-2015, 06:08 PM   #2
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My 30 lb. tanks weigh 24 lbs. empty, and 54 lbs. full.....still doable to remove and install, but those puppies seem to be getting heavier as I age.


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Old 07-01-2015, 06:11 PM   #3
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I just pull them out because every place I have been will not fill them in the trailer.

On mine I undo the two metal straps turn off the tank valve and then lift it enough to slide it out bottom first.
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My 30 lb. tanks weigh 24 lbs. empty, and 54 lbs. full.....still doable to remove and install, but those puppies seem to be getting heavier as I age.
Between the small compartment door and the metal band-with-the-wingnut arrangement that secures the tanks... yeah, filling up my 5ver 30 lb tanks can be a challenge. I might need to modify the metal band arrangement at some point to make it a bit easier.

But I take them out and down the road to an LP dealer to get them filled. I have not asked about the cost of having one of his trucks come out to do the job.

Might be worth $10 to the teenager across the street to help you with them?
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The correct way to fill those tanks is to weigh them . no dealer will fill them on the 5r .Radio had a good idea about the boy next door .
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To make it easier to remove the 30# tanks, I removed the straps , bolts and wing nuts and made plywood cups and bolted the plywood cups to the steel platform in the 2 compartments. Doesn't make lifting them any easier, but it sure makes it faster than messing with the straps when removing or replacing them.
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:36 AM   #7
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tanks filled in motor homes by the gallon. seems like same would be with trailers. 30# tank 7 gallons
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:36 AM   #8
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Mobile trucks normally only fill MH permanently installed tanks....They are awkward to handle for some people..It does not hurt to ask for help......Some refill stations weigh the tanks to full others fill by gallons pumped......Most tanks today have an auto shut off valve
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:42 AM   #9
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I remove the tank and take it to have it filled. Yep I'm not young any more but I can still do it. Only place that had Mobil LP is when we attend NASCAR races. Later RJD
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If it is cost wise ok i would go back to the 20's

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