Propane Tank replacement or certification?

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Propane Tank replacement or certification?

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Hi guys,

Our propane tank looks dangerously rusty. I have almost no experience with propane systems so I want to make sure it's safe before trying to use. First off is there a way to drain the propane tank so that I can safely work on it or just not be driving around with a hazard?

Are there service centers or specific RV places for refurbishing these?
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There's a vent valve on the tank. Make sure the area is well ventilated and no open flames. As far as I know, Rv tanks don't have to be recertified. New tanks are pricey and your tank may just have surface rust. Can you smell gas?


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I found a great local Amerigas vendor that is my go-to resource for such expertise. They are not all helpful, so phone around until you find a good one. Good luck!


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Oddly enough, tanks permanently mounted on motorhomes do not have to be recertified. The detachable bottles on trailers do, though.

As others said, call around to find someone who will be willing to test it for you. You might have to remove it.
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Hi all! I just replaced the 24-yr-old propane tank on my 1994. It was pretty rusty, and was often overfilled by attendants unfamiliar with our old-style tanks. The best match I found in a new tank is the Manchester 6814, which is 10”x32” and 7.9 gal. It’s a bolt-on replacement, and meets today’s ASME standards. I also bought a Manchester wired, snap-on 90-Ohm sending unit that connects to the monitor panel in the coach. Before he filled it with propane, the installer added about a cup of methanol, which takes care of any moisture that might be in the tank or in the propane. All in, parts, shipping and installation, was about $700. We are ready for winter camping now! I have a pdf of the tank drawing from Manchester. PM me if you’d like it.

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Thanks, Keystone! That is helpful information.
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Keystone wrote:Hi all! I just replaced the 24-yr-old propane tank on my 1994. It was pretty rusty, and was often overfilled by attendants unfamiliar with our old-style tanks. The best match I found in a new tank is the Manchester 6814, which is 10”x32” and 7.9 gal. It’s a bolt-on replacement, and meets today’s ASME standards. I also bought a Manchester wired, snap-on 90-Ohm sending unit that connects to the monitor panel in the coach. Before he filled it with propane, the installer added about a cup of methanol, which takes care of any moisture that might be in the tank or in the propane. All in, parts, shipping and installation, was about $700. We are ready for winter camping now! I have a pdf of the tank drawing from Manchester. PM me if you’d like it.

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That looks great. Definitely a job I’ll do at some point.
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