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Old 02-24-2019, 07:58 PM   #1
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Buying used-another thing to check

In-laws just spent about two weeks at our place. They were looking for a used 5th wheel & figured the selection would be better around here than where they live.
They did find one that checked most their boxes. A 2017 Heartland Bighorn 39MB.
A few days after getting back home, they needed to refill the propane tanks. Turns out, either the original owner, or the consignment place they bought it through had swapped out the tanks for a pair that were out of date. For those that don't know, those tanks are certified for I believe 12 years. Then they need to either be re-certified or replaced. You can't get them refilled. This being a 2017 model RV, no way these were the tanks that came with it.
So if you're buying used, something else to be looking at. The dates are stamped on the tanks.

As an aside, I warned my in-laws about replacing the China bomb tires. They did not want to her that. What they did like hearing ( from the consignment people ), was those tires are good for 80 MPH. From my house to where they live is about a 5-6 hour drive. Two blowouts. The 2nd they didn't realize until it had destroyed the nice alloy rim.

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If they are 20lb tanks, just take the expired ones to Home Depot and swap for the pre-filled ones. You can usually get a recent stamped replacement. It will not be 100% full of propane, but you have new tanks for the next 10 years or so. I had to swap my grill tank for a new one before my local LP supplier would refill it.

You can replace "china-bombs" now or later. It won't be long either way.
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Old 03-07-2019, 06:29 AM   #3
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You can replace "china-bombs" now or later. It won't be long either way.[/QUOTE]

Apparently is wasn't long as they blew two of them on the way home and destroyed one rim.
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When I bought my 2014 TT from a local dealership I caught the tech that was doing the PDI in a lie. Part of a used RV purchase included full propane tanks and a new battery. The tech told me that they didn't fill the original tanks that came with the TT, they gave me new ones. I checked the dates on the propane tanks and saw that they were certified in 2013. I made him swap out the battery for a new one while the salesman and I watched.
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When I bought my 2014 TT from a local dealership I caught the tech that was doing the PDI in a lie. Part of a used RV purchase included full propane tanks and a new battery. The tech told me that they didn't fill the original tanks that came with the TT, they gave me new ones. I checked the dates on the propane tanks and saw that they were certified in 2013. I made him swap out the battery for a new one while the salesman and I watched.
If I recall correctly....the tanks on my 2018 Cherokee were manufactured in 2015 or 16. I'll have to look again if I can clear enough snow to find them. Another 5-6" last night. 6 weeks in a row with a storm each week.
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I have found the exchange propane tanks to be a crap-shoot at best. They tend to be kinda skanky at best-and about 2/3 full. Instead, I found the propane distributor near here that will take tanks in on exchange or you can get yours recertified in a few days. They are good for another 12 years. I think I paid 15.00 for each tank, and they were filled full.
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30lb tanks, so a swap out at Home Depot not an option.
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When I bought my 2014 TT from a local dealership I caught the tech that was doing the PDI in a lie. Part of a used RV purchase included full propane tanks and a new battery. The tech told me that they didn't fill the original tanks that came with the TT, they gave me new ones. I checked the dates on the propane tanks and saw that they were certified in 2013. I made him swap out the battery for a new one while the salesman and I watched.
Not uncommon to find LP Cylinders a year older than the RV. The cylinder manufacturers such as Worthington do not manufacture these cylinders for a specific RV rolling down the assembly line. Even at propane shops, hardware stores, or Tractor Supply, you'd be hard pressed to find a cylinder that has a proof stamp the same month/year you're purchasing it on.
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Never had my tank certification checked anywhere I've had them filled. I understand the requirement but haven't found anyone concerned about it as long as the "new" valve is there. This note will no doubt jinx me...

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Not uncommon to find LP Cylinders a year older than the RV. The cylinder manufacturers such as Worthington do not manufacture these cylinders for a specific RV rolling down the assembly line. Even at propane shops, hardware stores, or Tractor Supply, you'd be hard pressed to find a cylinder that has a proof stamp the same month/year you're purchasing it on.
Sorry, I wasn't clear on that, I bought my TT used in August of 2017. If the dealer had given me new tanks they should have been dated in 2016 or 2017. I believe that the tanks that I got with the TT were the originals, not new ones like the tech told me.
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