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herekittykitty

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Finding propane on the road?
« on: October 13, 2015, 01:02:19 AM »
My immediate question is: Is there a place I can get my RV-mounted tank filled on Hwy 101 somewhere between Seaside and Astoria, OR?

My main question is: How do I find places to refill on the road? Just Googling "propane" and the zip codes I'll be passing through is useless, as the results return RV parks which can only refill a non-mounted tank, and gas stations which have propane at the pump for propane-fueled vehicles.

Any tips?
Karen and Teddy-the-Kitty
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HueyPilotVN

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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2015, 01:07:05 AM »
Lots of flying j trucks tops can refill frame mounted propane tanks
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2015, 07:11:35 AM »
On 101 ,north end of Gearhart, there is a camp ground that use to have propane.  I moved away   1 7 years ago, so do not know if they still have that service.

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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2015, 07:21:40 AM »
sorry, don't know the area
but many campgrounds do fill MH's
also check U-Hauls.  many of them have LP fill

I would call up google maps on your phone, zoom to the area you want to check, and search for "propane".  You'll have to make a few calls to verify, but I'll bet you can find something in short order.

I was surprised once, I searched out a Propane distributor in an area near where i was camping once..... the kind that deliver to your home.  I thought all of those places would be set up for it.... not so.  I was shocked.
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2015, 08:03:57 AM »
Lots of flying j trucks tops can refill frame mounted propane tanks


and Pilots !
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2015, 08:43:35 AM »
Do an internet search.  Identify a few places, call to see if they can accommodate your RV.  Don't wait until you need it.  Keep the tank filled and when it's about 1/2 full start looking for dealers.  We let the tank get pretty low on our last trip and ended up spending about $1.50 a gallon more than the best price in the area.  When you don't know an area, you'll never get the best deal.  It just takes time.   
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2015, 08:57:05 AM »
U-haul centers often have propane.  Checked their web site and there is a center on 101 in Gearhart with propane for 2.69 a gallon and they are open seven days a week..  Don't know oregon well, so there may be others that are more convenient.
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2015, 09:13:50 AM »
Last year I called an Amerigas office near where we were traveling, and they gave me the names and locations of a couple of nearby refillers that could handle an RV mounted ASME tank. The tank fitting is the same as that used on residential bulk tanks. A couple of years ago, I stopped at a Paraco propane office to ask about a refiller, and they had one of their trucks pull up to the coach and fill it right there.
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2015, 05:09:34 PM »
Hi Herekittykitty,

Also check the local Ace Hardware, many do refill RV-mounted tanks; we've refilled with them quite a few times.

Cheers,
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herekittykitty

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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2015, 07:18:23 PM »
All great ideas! Thanks.
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2015, 08:53:09 PM »
you might try this:

http://propanefinderapp.com
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2015, 07:17:06 PM »
Also try Tractor Supply.
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2015, 07:48:59 PM »
we call a nearby RV park and they usually know a source.
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2015, 08:32:00 PM »
Lots of good ideas so far. I think Ferrellgas is the big distributer in that area You can google the number and ask for locations. You are to far north I found a dealer last year right after crossing the Or line. Traffic was slow and while waiting for a light I saw a place on the right side of the road with easy access. Just lucky some times. If you can find a place it will be cheaper in Or. because no sales tax.
Most KOAs have propane.
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herekittykitty

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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2015, 08:38:34 PM »
Yeah, these are all great ideas! I've made a list and every time someone new comments, I'm adding to it.
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2015, 08:57:28 PM »
Keep heading south south south so the farther you go, the less propane you need.  ;D

I mostly rely on U-Haul for propane refills because mostly they are open 7 days a week and have plenty of room for a rig to get in and out.

Truck stops and many RV parks fill up RV tanks too.

I have googled propane in specific towns and driven to a dealer.

You may find that while driving, your dash heater provides enough heat in a Class C to do the whole rig. It's only when you camping the cold, that you need heat and you can get a ceramic heater that will heat the entire rig and run off the campground electricity. They even have cute little ones that mimic a fireplace, they are popular with many RVers.
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herekittykitty

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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2015, 09:49:16 PM »
Keep heading south south south so the farther you go, the less propane you need.  ;D

Duh! Why didn't *I* think of that!  :P
(It actually was my intention to spend winter in Southern Cal. But I realistically can only drive 100 miles a day and decided that didn't sound like fun.)

I mostly rely on U-Haul for propane refills because mostly they are open 7 days a week and have plenty of room for a rig to get in and out.

That is going to be my main plan as well.

You can get a ceramic heater that will heat the entire rig and run off the campground electricity. They even have cute little ones that mimic a fireplace, they are popular with many RVers.

Yeah, I will have to think about this, since I pay nothing for electricity. I'm just trying to avoid filling up every inch of floor space with more "stuff". And more weight!!
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #17 on: October 19, 2015, 01:14:14 PM »
When you are really, really desperate and none of the above work, try calling the local Chamber of Commerce.  The people answering the phone have saved me a couple of times.

And even state park and national park campgrounds have lists of services for RVs, including information on things like urgent care and mobile RV technicians. 

Welcome to the world of women who full-time in an RV!  I've been on the road for more than three years and love it.  I spent a couple of months last year going down the west coast.  Just stay off highway 1 north of SF!!
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #18 on: October 19, 2015, 01:21:56 PM »
My understanding from other posts is that you are a relatively new full-timer.  If you have a tablet or smartphone and haven't already done so, I strongly recommend you get the AllStays "Camp & RV" app.  It works like Google Maps or other mapping programs, but has an overlay that shows campgrounds, WalMarts, truck stops, and (appropos to your question) places that sell LP.  Tap on the icon and it will bring up information, phone number and sometimes a web link.  When I purchased, it was about $7.  Not sure how much the app is now, but it's worth its weight in gold.

Edit:  I have never been to that area, so have no personal knowledge.  However, I just checked my Allstays app and see that "Bud's RV Park" just north of Seaside by Del-Rey Beach is listed as selling propane.  Phone # is 503-738-6855 if you choose to call.  Allstays does not show any place in that area that is specifically listed as just a propane retailer.  Also no Flying Js, Pilots or other truck stops shown.
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #19 on: October 19, 2015, 01:40:45 PM »
Keep heading south south south so the farther you go, the less propane you need.  ;D

Good advice but I'm what, about 50 miles from the FL state line as I-95 goes and last night...... 47 degrees out. it was 62 in when I fired up ye old heaters.   Of course today.. Air conditioning ins on... I love this time of year (Seriously, I really do).
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2015, 06:11:17 PM »
There's a gas station just about a mile north of the Circle Something (I can't remember the last name) RV park on the south end of Seaside. It has propane there against the fence.

There's also a weigh station that has the scales on between Seaside and Warrenton, maybe 5 miles north of Seaside.

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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2015, 07:12:01 PM »
Getting the propane tank refilled is probably the #1 annoyance of my fulltiming life.  It doesn't have to occur very often, but it's almost always somewhere I've never been before.  And if I'm traveling, I have the toad behind my 40-foot motorhome, further complicating matters.

Some RV parks can refill onboard tanks, but their price per gallon is often pretty high.  A couple of weeks ago, the RV park in New Hampshire wanted $5/gallon. 

I've found that U-Haul places aren't all that easily maneuverable in a big rig, especially with a toad.  Some RV dealers have propane; I got a good price, with easy access, at Baydo RV in Chehalis, Washington, a couple of years ago.  And for the record, I noticed a surprising number of gas stations that had non-automotive propane in the Pacific Northwest, and they often had the price posted out front.

Flying J has always been my back-up plan, but it's annoying because a lot of the time the propane is with the RV pumps in front (not in the "truck" part of the lot) AND you have to go through the RV pumps backwards. 

For future reference (since there aren't any locations in Oregon), here's a website that lists Tractor Supply locations that have propane (not all do):

http://www.tractorsupply.com/content_landing-page_propane#get-your-tank-filled

I know that some can fill onboard tanks, but not necessarily all.  And access by a big rig might be difficult in some locations.  But it's a start. 

There's also this website:  http://www.altfuelprices.com

I've updated it whenever I've found propane, including a comment if they will fill onboard propane tanks, but I think I'm the only RVer who has ever done that.  I wish it would catch on.

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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2015, 07:43:48 PM »
Why the 100 mile limit? Still 10 days will put you in San Diego. I usually don't drive over 250-300 a day my self. I don't have to be in a hurry.
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #23 on: October 21, 2015, 08:53:10 PM »
Why the 100 mile limit?

'Cause I fall asleep. (You don't go very far once that happens.  :) )

 
Still 10 days will put you in San Diego. I usually don't drive over 250-300 a day my self. I don't have to be in a hurry.

I never thought about it like that, but I'm like Judy, in that I wouldn't want to do that every day. So SD would be more like 20 days away.

The unfortunate thing is that I kind-of AM in a hurry. I still work, and travel days put a dent in that, big-time.

I'm still figuring this out, clearly. I thought once I started this, I would move with the weather. Now it feels more like I just want to be able to move every 3 weeks, but not very far.

Catch up with me in a year, after I'm tired of all the places I hang out in now  :). Maybe by then I WILL be in San Diego!

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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #24 on: October 21, 2015, 09:15:49 PM »
Can you recharge by taking a nap? 20 days 30 days you aren't on a schedule right.
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Re: Finding propane on the road?
« Reply #25 on: October 22, 2015, 03:37:56 PM »
When starting to need propane we usually just Google propane stations and that brings up Suburban, Ferrellgas, Amerigas and other large nationwide suppliers (Monday-Friday!) if an RV park isn't convenient.  I also just found this directory of alternative fuel sources which right now has propane 1,521 locations.  http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/propane_locations.html

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