With the memory of the Tacoma Propane explosion (pictured above) still fresh in my mind, dealing with our messed up LP tank valve wasn't my idea of fun. I suppose I should start from the beginning. On the very first night we left Washington State, I went to open the LP valve and it sprayed out all around the stem, even when fully opened. I took most of that spray on 3 fingers that were instantly frostbitten.
With the tank still almost full, finding someone to work on it wasn't going to happen. So, on the advice of a few LP supply companies, I took Taj out to the middle of a field and shot her...Back up, just kidding :) I waited for a very windy day and in the middle of a field with both the van battery and coach batteries disconnected, I let that full tank empty out. Made me a little nervous, but it worked out just fine.
With the tank empty, we took Taj to Range Bottlegas in Coleraine MN where I led the first employee I saw out to the parking lot for a look. He went back inside and was right back out with a box of parts and a few tools. About 10 minutes later, a new valve core was installed and I was headed over to the fill station where he put just enough of a charge in it to test all the fittings in the tank area for leaks. All checked out well and the tank was then topped off. So, now the interesting part. Total Bill: $18 including the LP. No charge for him installing the valve or testing the fittings, just the gas and $6.50 for the valve guts. He was a really nice guy, even reluctant to accept the tip we gave him, just don't find such great service like that very often. We were extremely thankful for the work they did and that the LP is now good to go once again!