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Updating Unique Propane Tanks

The LP tanks on my boat are really old and need to be replaced. The problem is, they are so old that no one seems to manufacture them anymore, nor can I find anyone who can replace the valve (OPD is required). Why not just get a new tank, you ask? Because the locker that houses mine is built specifically for them and there is scant room in my cockpit to accommodate larger tanks without cutting holes in the glass. Pictured below is the setup. The 6 lb. tanks readily available by Worthington would fit, but are 6" too tall. The LP hose runs from the galley on the Starboard side to the transom then back out into the cockpit through the custom PVC housing. Not pictured is the lid, which has a seal. Any suggestions?
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Re: Updating Unique Propane Tanks

Here is a wild stab in the dark:
The Lite Cylinder - Revolutionary Propane Cylinders > Products > Details
diameter 9.6 inches
height 17.25 inches

and maybe a short hose from the bottle to the bulkhead fitting.
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Re: Updating Unique Propane Tanks

Talk to an RV store and see who re-certifies tanks in your area. They will certify them and replace the valves for a fee. Maybe as expensive as new bottles bu it will save you a big hassle.
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Re: Updating Unique Propane Tanks

Talk to an RV store and see who re-certifies tanks in your area. They will certify them and replace the valves for a fee. Maybe as expensive as new bottles but it will save you a big hassle.
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Re: Updating Unique Propane Tanks

my old valves were replaced when i went in to refill. no big deal. wasnt a lot of money. lot cheaper than buyng new tanks.
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Re: Updating Unique Propane Tanks

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Talk to an RV store and see who re-certifies tanks in your area. They will certify them and replace the valves for a fee. Maybe as expensive as new bottles but it will save you a big hassle.

Second that, a lot of those motor homes have tanks that are built into the frame, should be a pretty standard procedure, except they are probably used to the motor home coming to them, so having to come to the boat might be a little different. But call around and I'm sure you'll get some answers...

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... they are probably used to the motor home coming to them, so having to come to the boat might be a little different. But call around and I'm sure you'll get some answers...

Austin
The tanks can be taken to the rv dealer. The boat doesn't have to be there.
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Re: Updating Unique Propane Tanks

I have taken them to RV stores in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I have taken them to Propane Distributors in both states. They all say the same thing- because of the size of the opening, they can not replace the valve. I can fit a 10 lb tank in the space, but not with a locker. They also tell me that the rule of thumb is that tanks should be replaced regardless after 12 years of use. I've been in contact with reps from Worthington and Manchester who say a tank that size does not exist in their inventory.
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It looks like you may have to modify the locker to fit available tank sizes.
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The LP tanks on my boat are really old and need to be replaced. The problem is, they are so old that no one seems to manufacture them anymore, nor can I find anyone who can replace the valve (OPD is required). Why not just get a new tank, you ask? Because the locker that houses mine is built specifically for them and there is scant room in my cockpit to accommodate larger tanks without cutting holes in the glass. Pictured below is the setup. The 6 lb. tanks readily available by Worthington would fit, but are 6" too tall. The LP hose runs from the galley on the Starboard side to the transom then back out into the cockpit through the custom PVC housing. Not pictured is the lid, which has a seal. Any suggestions?
What are the dimensions of your tanks?
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