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Propane tank initial recertification now 10 years


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The DOT has changed the age limit for initial recertification of propane tanks to 10 years instead of 12. This went into effect on Jan 23rd, 2017. The changes were part of a Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) rulemaking titled HM-233F, which was published as a final rule on Jan. 21, 2016.

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Kirk, so if i got this correct. My 2000 RV DP. don't need to do anything Correct?.

That is correct. While the way the tank is mounted has little to do with the issue, permanently mounted tanks in motorized vehicles have been required to be ASME for many years. I'm not sure when that was made a part of the law but I do know that it was that way prior to the 70's when I had a vehicle converted to burn propane. Federal highway codes state that all permanently mounted propane tanks in motorized vehicles must be ASME. I don't know for sure about towable RVs but suspect that would be true if they are permanently mounted but have never seen one that way to check.

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Having worked in propane for a big chunk of my life, the recertification dates and stamps are a joke.  All that is required is a leak check of the valve (with soap) and a visual inspection of the tank itself for any corrosion, dents, gouges etc.  You know, common sense.  All the exact same things that are supposed to be checked each and every time the tank is filled anyway.  Unlike a welding cylinder that is hydrostatically tested.  The date just gave us an excuse to not fill the beat up rusty unsafe old tank that the customer with no common sense expected us to fill for him.  You could stamp a date on it yourself and nobody would ever call you on it, they would still continue to fill or not fill the tank based on it's condition when you bring it in like always.

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