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Old 08-24-2016, 09:50 AM   #11
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I think you'll save about$40 by getting your propane tanks filled at costco
Back in May I went to ETI a day before my new trailer pickup and retrieved the propane tanks from them. The tanks already had stickers on them to indicate they were purged and good to go. I drove down the highway about 30 Km to Abbotsford Costco and paid $21 Cdn to fill them.
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Old 08-24-2016, 09:59 AM   #12
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Brand new tanks need to be filled and purged several times in order to get the full tank. Most places will not do the first filling. We have to take new tanks to a propane storage facility to have them filled the first time and that normally means we have to leave the tanks and pick them later. That would be a real pain if you headed home.
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:02 AM   #13
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That answers the question about purging the tanks. Did not know had them done.
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:06 AM   #14
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Hi: C&G in FL... We also let ETI do the first fill!!!
The Flying J near your place charged $23. USD for two 20# ers . Here at home Dowler Karn Propane, Fuels,& Lubricants charged me $12.39 + tx = $14. each CAD. Alf
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Didn't realize that Flying J was so expensive. I get them filled at a tractor dealership which charges $16, including tax.
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:13 AM   #15
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Brand new tanks need to be filled and purged several times in order to get the full tank. Most places will not do the first filling. We have to take new tanks to a propane storage facility to have them filled the first time and that normally means we have to leave the tanks and pick them later. That would be a real pain if you headed home.
Any reputable propane dealer will purge and fill new tanks. If the place you choose won't do a new tank purge, in my opinion it's time to find another supplier. Besides, the propane dealers are much less expensive. Propane is what they do.

They're also not that hard to find - they're in most towns.

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I thought tanks came pre purged these days, the last couple 20lb'ers I bought were.
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:41 AM   #17
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I thought tanks came pre purged these days, the last couple 20lb'ers I bought were.
The ones we got from ETI in 2010 had pre-purged labels on them too. One I bought recently at Menards was also.
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My biggest reservation about having ETI fill the tanks is the tanks they provide. I want tanks with built in floats. You already know exactly how much you have left. I can get them at Costco or Sam's. Maybe I'll bring them me.
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:51 AM   #19
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Someone closer to a Camping World location can probably chime in better, but don't I recall CW offers $.99 propane during the camping season? It might be for Good Sam members only but it's worth checking out. There's a big CW in Burlington and, if you're heading east, another in Spokane.

We have a local RV dealer that does the same, from the US Memorial Day through Labor Day. We're spoiled. Filled both my tanks for under $10 last week.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:43 PM   #20
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While newly manufactured propane tanks do need to be purged of air before their first use, and many refilling locations (not specialty propane businesses) might not purge them, this is no longer a concern as the tanks (apparently including those from Escape) come from the factory ready to go; they're "vacuum purged".

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My biggest reservation about having ETI fill the tanks is the tanks they provide. I want tanks with built in floats. You already know exactly how much you have left. I can get them at Costco or Sam's. Maybe I'll bring them me.
Just for clarity... they all have floats now, to run the Overfill Prevention Device (OPD); what you need are tanks equipped to use that same float to run a gauge.

Since you can get gauge-equipped tanks at all major retailers of propane tanks, you can get them anywhere, presumably including in the Chilliwack area. I've seen them at Canadian Tire, Walmart, and Costco... but sometimes Costco only has tanks without the gauge. I'm sure they're cheaper in any major U.S. city than anywhere in Canada, but if you're short of space in the tug with all your trailer stuff in it for the pickup trip, you don't need to squeeze in two five-gallon tanks. Maybe this isn't a concern, with a pickup truck.

I think Escape's base pricing includes the propane tanks, but not the propane. If you have the space to carry extra tanks, you could bring tanks with level gauges, get only those ones filled, and safely carry the empty tanks (that come on the trailer) with you as spares.
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