Any experience with Lite Propane Tanks?

Anything to do with camping, fundamentals, secrets, etc...

Any experience with Lite Propane Tanks?

Postby nevadatear » Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:26 pm

Did a forum search without any luck. I am looking at the fairly new composite clear propane tanks called "lite cyclinder," particularly the 10lb one for the tear. Current price is $85 for either the 10 or 20 lb, which is at least twice a regular 20# but they are half the weight and you can see the level of fuel, both of which are very appealing. Anyone with any review of these?

http://store.uhaul.com/master_product_detail.aspx?id=602&cid=9038
Debbie (with Randy looking over my shoulder)
Our build thread: http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=41295&highlight=monstero
2009 Homebuilt woody, Kenskill inspired 5 wide
Owner,Desert Metal Products. Custom machine shop. Inventory of thousands of bearings and seals, from the common to the archaic.
ImageImageImage
User avatar
nevadatear
Silver Donating Member
 
Posts: 2229
Images: 145
Joined: Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:37 pm
Location: No. Nevada

Postby rladams39 » Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:47 pm

A friend of mine has 2 of those on his camper, they are really nice, Only down side is you would have to be able to find a place clost to your campsite to get them refilled if you ran out.

Also wonder how well they would hold up out in the weather?, Most would be under a cover of some sort i guess...
User avatar
rladams39
Teardrop Master
 
Posts: 124
Images: 30
Joined: Fri May 07, 2010 5:42 pm
Location: Indiana

Postby caseydog » Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:55 pm

There was another thread on this very topic about a year ago. Maybe someone who is better than I at using this forum'd search function can find it.

CD
Image

My build journal is HERE
User avatar
caseydog
Platinum Donating Member
 
Posts: 12408
Images: 515
Joined: Tue Jan 16, 2007 1:44 pm
Top

Postby nevadatear » Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:04 pm

CD, Yeah, I remember it too :o But I sure can't find it by searching.
Debbie (with Randy looking over my shoulder)
Our build thread: http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=41295&highlight=monstero
2009 Homebuilt woody, Kenskill inspired 5 wide
Owner,Desert Metal Products. Custom machine shop. Inventory of thousands of bearings and seals, from the common to the archaic.
ImageImageImage
User avatar
nevadatear
Silver Donating Member
 
Posts: 2229
Images: 145
Joined: Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:37 pm
Location: No. Nevada
Top

Postby caseydog » Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:20 pm

nevadatear wrote:CD, Yeah, I remember it too :o But I sure can't find it by searching.


I haven't figured out the key to the search function on this forum. I type in some keywords, and tell it to search, and get just about every post ever written on just about every subject. :lol:

CD
Image

My build journal is HERE
User avatar
caseydog
Platinum Donating Member
 
Posts: 12408
Images: 515
Joined: Tue Jan 16, 2007 1:44 pm
Top

Postby slowcowboy » Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:35 pm

Do they use a diffrent fill adapter to fill them. I seen them a couple years ago at amerigas in a catloge. they looked like the normal dot tank valve to fill them.

I would not know though how tough to damage they are. and you would not have the atvantage of exchanging them at a place like walmart after hours.

To me I don' t like to be at the mercy of a propane plant just to get propane.

Especialy if you dare to use amerigas. They can rip you off big time on refilling a bottle.

The added cost to buy one would turn me off any way.

you might reconsere these type of dot bottles if you need propane like on sunday at noon and run out when camping. There is no way to trade one out at a store in town. This could be a big headache. My thoughts. SLowcowboy.
Plans. there was supposed to be plans to be followed when I built this thing. Opps! AH, gee, tum,tee tum. I think I forgot about the plans 2 years ago. ------Tow vehicles, 1995 ford explore, 1994 ford ranger, 1993 ford F-150, 2009 4x9 Off road teardrop, on harbor freight greatly modified frame.
User avatar
slowcowboy
6000 Club
6000 Club
 
Posts: 6884
Images: 162
Joined: Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:25 am
Location: pavillion, wyoming.
Top

Postby nevadatear » Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:59 pm

Thanks for the thoughts. Being that we live in a one stoplight town, trading out at walmart has never been anything we have done, so that isn't really a discouragement. And since we can see the level of the tank, I should hope running out wouldn't be a problem. That happens to us now, running out, and no one who fills propane here is open on Sunday, so we are used to punting. We would always carry a spare 1lb bottle. We use about 1 1/2 bottles per weekend now, soo... These tanks, I think, are different from the ones that came out a few years ago. They are supposed to have the same valve. The way I am thinking right now, the added cost for the subtraction of weight is a pretty good deal.
Debbie (with Randy looking over my shoulder)
Our build thread: http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=41295&highlight=monstero
2009 Homebuilt woody, Kenskill inspired 5 wide
Owner,Desert Metal Products. Custom machine shop. Inventory of thousands of bearings and seals, from the common to the archaic.
ImageImageImage
User avatar
nevadatear
Silver Donating Member
 
Posts: 2229
Images: 145
Joined: Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:37 pm
Location: No. Nevada
Top

Postby asianflava » Sat Jul 24, 2010 2:01 am

Bruce has one on his Boxcar. Maybe you can PM him.
User avatar
asianflava
8000 Club
8000 Club
 
Posts: 8410
Images: 45
Joined: Mon Aug 02, 2004 5:11 am
Location: CO, Longmont
Top

Postby Shadow Catcher » Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:49 pm

My understanding is that some places refuse to fill them. I feel you could force the issue as they are certified. Found the previous thread.

http://tnttt.com/viewto ... 69526081a1

http://www.litecylinder.com
User avatar
Shadow Catcher
Donating Member
 
Posts: 5599
Images: 192
Joined: Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:26 pm
Location: Metamora, OH
Top

Postby slowcowboy » Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:47 pm

You wouldn't force the issue at a amergas plant. them guys are real ass holes. they won't fill if you aruge. they will just flat out refuse and they won't budge. just tell you its company policy. I used to work there I know. If there is the least little thing that could be seen wrong with a tank. I was told not to fill it. and they don't have a heart for the customer. Amerigas flat doesn't care about the customer.

You might aurgue with a diffrent company and get them to fill it. But not amerigas. most propane companys even v-1 when they refuse to fill a tank, its done over, history on the auruging. No one working for a propane outfit wants to get in trouble with mangement. Like amerigas the managment is real jerks and the propane companys I have found when you work for them are real overboard on saftey. With amerigas. they breath down your back treathening to fire you at any breach of saftey so if it looks diffrent, are risky, no one there will fill it at all.

I just would not want them tanks just for the headaches of refilling them every time I turned around and every propane company has a diffrent policy. If I was travel acrross country I would not want the hassel in a diffrent state and a diffrent town.

I like the convence of just trading one out when i need it after hours. And walmart is not the only one that exchanges bottles I filled up every diffent type of store in wyoming for amerigas on exchange bottles. You can exchange a propane bottle any where.

If you did echange your new typ of tank you would be loosing it for good and giving about 60 bucks away on the new more expesice style and your new typ of tank can't be replaced with out buying a new one for 80 more bucks. way more than just fresh new tank of propane cost.

You could do like you said and pack a extra bottle but are you going to refill your bottle in your home town every time? Slowcowboy.
Plans. there was supposed to be plans to be followed when I built this thing. Opps! AH, gee, tum,tee tum. I think I forgot about the plans 2 years ago. ------Tow vehicles, 1995 ford explore, 1994 ford ranger, 1993 ford F-150, 2009 4x9 Off road teardrop, on harbor freight greatly modified frame.
User avatar
slowcowboy
6000 Club
6000 Club
 
Posts: 6884
Images: 162
Joined: Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:25 am
Location: pavillion, wyoming.
Top

Postby High Desert » Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:00 am

slowcowboy wrote:You could do like you said and pack a extra bottle but are you going to refill your bottle in your home town every time? Slowcowboy.


Why not? Anyone that carries a bigger tank does that every time anyway. Lots of places sell propane in this part of the country, not just the distributors. Top off before you leave town and no worries. I can't tell how many times I've refilled the tanks on my rig and have never taken them to a plant. And that is in several states worth of travel over several years. And from the prices I see on those exchange stations in this area a person really pays big for the convienience. I personally prefer to pre-plan a bit and save the money.

sorry Debbie, drifted off topic a bit there. I think those are slick, had not seen them before.
Shaun

"it's not the years honey, it's the mileage"
High Desert
Platinum Donating Member
 
Posts: 8780
Images: 27
Joined: Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:46 pm
Location: SW Washington state
Top

Postby Shadow Catcher » Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:04 am

U-haul will fill them.
User avatar
Shadow Catcher
Donating Member
 
Posts: 5599
Images: 192
Joined: Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:26 pm
Location: Metamora, OH
Top

Postby nevadatear » Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:23 pm

Yup, highdesert and shadowcatcher. I have never traded out a tank, just not on my radar. We refill at the local U-haul here, and one other gas station and the local propane place (not amerigas) That is actually much less of a hassle than trying to find a place to trade out in my neck of the woods. Although the local hardware store does trade out, it is almost twice the cost of having it refilled! The next closest is Walmart at 60 miles away. I would rather spend the money on the tank than the gas I am going to use up. The hassle of refilling the same tank is a non-issue. I used to be married to a hot air balloon pilot. Refilling a measly 10 lb propane tank ain't got nothing on them! 8). Slow Cowboy I appreciate your thoughts, but for me, trading out is the hassle, not refilling!
Last edited by nevadatear on Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:15 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Debbie (with Randy looking over my shoulder)
Our build thread: http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=41295&highlight=monstero
2009 Homebuilt woody, Kenskill inspired 5 wide
Owner,Desert Metal Products. Custom machine shop. Inventory of thousands of bearings and seals, from the common to the archaic.
ImageImageImage
User avatar
nevadatear
Silver Donating Member
 
Posts: 2229
Images: 145
Joined: Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:37 pm
Location: No. Nevada
Top

Postby bdosborn » Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:18 pm

I have one and I really like it. I liked it so much I got another one for the grill. They don't weigh hardly anything, they don't rust and you can see how much propane you have left. The valve is the same as the metal ones and I haven't had any trouble refilling them.

http://www.propaneproducts.com/lite-cylinder.html

Bruce
2009 6.5'X11' TTT - Boxcar
Image
Boxcar Build
User avatar
bdosborn
Donating Member
 
Posts: 4212
Images: 450
Joined: Wed May 05, 2004 11:10 pm
Location: CO, Littleton
Top

Postby Hillmann » Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:09 am

That seems like a lot of money to spend for very little benefit. The site says 30% lighter but most of the wight of is the wight of the propane inside the tank, you will only save a pound or two, which depending on your situation might or might not be worth it. And as far as seeing the level of fuel that might be worth it but if you plan to top it off every time before you go on a trip it really doesn't matter. As far as not being able to exchange it, if you plan on using something other than a 20lb tank you wouldn't be able to exchange it anyways so that isn't really a valid concern. The only reason other than cost that I would worry about is how impact resistant is it, if you plan on mounting it on the tongue of your trailer. But lets face it having ten gallons of gas splashing around in your gas tank is pretty dangerous as well but we don't think any thing of doing that all the time
Hillmann
Teardrop Master
 
Posts: 212
Joined: Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:41 pm
Location: Wisconsin
Top

Next

Return to Camping Secrets

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest