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Propane Converted Cargo Van... thoughts?

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Propane Converted Cargo Van... thoughts?

I'm considering purchasing a propane cargo van from a shuttling company to use as a work vehicle. His whole fleet has been converted to propane to save in gas costs. Various vans in his fleet range from 60k-1.5mil kms, so it shows that they are indeed reliable.

What are your guys thoughts on it? Good? Bad? Does anyone have a website where I can see gas stations that provide propane?
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May 27, 2015
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It's definitely a solid choice if you're an individual that puts a lot of mileage on their car. However a few things to consider are whether or not the fueling locations are convenient for you, finding a mechanic with experience working on that system, and how economical it would be if propane prices were to go up. I hear certain trucking companies are converting a part of their fleet into propane vehicles but only for certain routes.
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At Bell we had propane vehicles. Even with their deep pockets, we ended up getting rid of them anyway. Propane runs out fast, so they don't have the range. Heat sucked in the winter and getting stuck with them in a snowstorm was scary because you had low heat and were going to run out of propane idling in slow moving traffic. The cost to fix them was above normal, so when they died, we let them die.

Maybe things have changed.
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I drive a 07 caravan on propane. Mines dual fuel, so can run on gas or propane. No problemS beside regular maintenance, have 400k on the van. With propane I get 20l/100km whereas on gas I get 15l/100km. Costs is 40cents lite propane, dollar a liter gasoline. So as you can see you save $7 each 100km at today's rate. So the savings add up for those with higher annual distances. Theirs a lot less propane fill stationS outside the gta, but plenty here so you should run in no trouble their. Heat/AC work the same no noticeable differences.
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manveer_369 wrote: I drive a 07 caravan on propane. Mines dual fuel, so can run on gas or propane. No problemS beside regular maintenance, have 400k on the van. With propane I get 20l/100km whereas on gas I get 15l/100km. Costs is 40cents lite propane, dollar a liter gasoline. So as you can see you save $7 each 100km at today's rate. So the savings add up for those with higher annual distances. Theirs a lot less propane fill stationS outside the gta, but plenty here so you should run in no trouble their. Heat/AC work the same no noticeable differences.
Is there a website that shows which stations carry propane?

I won't be putting on too many kms annually as it is only to pick up materials and deliver to clients location. But it seems ill be getting a good deal on the cost of the van
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May 27, 2015
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Kaeoue wrote: Is there a website that shows which stations carry propane?

I won't be putting on too many kms annually as it is only to pick up materials and deliver to clients location. But it seems ill be getting a good deal on the cost of the van
Unfortunately I don't remember which website I was on when I was researching this particular topic in the summer but a quick petro canada search shows one location in your area.

http://retail.petro-canada.ca/en/indepe ... =+&R=&B=PA
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I'm sure the technology has improved since then but the last time I drove a propane-powered car was in 1990 and it was the most gutless POS I ever had the misfortune of sitting in.

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