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Old 04-16-2011, 11:25 AM   #1
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My Propane will last how long?

I've used the little propane coleman stoves but never used the bigger tanks like are on my TT.
Any idea how long they'll last, on average?

I know that varies based on usage - we'll usually be on city water and electric but our water heater is propane only and we'll cook dinner most nights on the stove. The fridge should off the AC.

I just need an idea so I"m a bit prepared.
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:40 AM   #2
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Check your water heater. Open the outside hatch and look for a small, black switch in the lower left corner. It will likely have a small cotter pin through the switch and be hidden behind some plumbing. If you have that switch then your water heater will operate on shore power electricity as well as propane. Never use it unless you are sure that there is water in the heater. As your trailer is a 2011 model, I would be quite surprised if it has a "propane only" water heater.

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Old 04-16-2011, 11:45 AM   #3
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Our fifth wheel has 2 30lb tanks. The fastest I have ever depleted one tank was 5 days. That was boondocking in cool weather, running heat at night, water heater on gas, refrigerator on gas and cooking. I usually can go over one week before I empty one tank.
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:50 AM   #4
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We have (2) 30lb. tanks and camp basically every other weekend from April to October camping at water/electric sites & barely use a 1 tank if that all season. I also have a small propane grill from Walmart so as to not only keep the heat out of the trailer, but I like to barbeque too!. We only use the stove for basically breakfast, or if its raining during meal cook time. I use the portable electric space heater to knock the spring/fall chill off & save on gas & really only use the propane for the water heater, or furnace if the temps get too low for the space heater to keep things comfy.
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:51 AM   #5
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According to the website, the Grey Wolfs have a propane only water heater as standard. A Gas/Electric DSI is an option, so the OP may have a propane only water heater, but take a look to find out. No use burning your propane if you can run it on the campsite electric
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:52 AM   #6
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I'll go have a look and see what I see- I had a good look when I was putting the anode it and didn't see any wires that would feed a heating element, but I'm not sure what I"m looking for.

At the walkthru I asked and he said our heater was propane only. I thought that kind of odd so I spoke up and he said it again - manual start, propane only.

So I guess my next question would be out to upgrade it, assuming I don't see any elec element.

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Check your water heater. Open the outside hatch and look for a small, black switch in the lower left corner. It will likely have a small cotter pin through the switch and be hidden behind some plumbing.

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Old 04-16-2011, 12:11 PM   #7
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We went out on our 2011 shakedown trip last week and among the things we had to remember fron our first trip last fall was the how to start the water heater.
As it turned out we had no furnace, no hot water, and finally thought about the gas bottles might be empty.
Went out...turned the valve to the second tank...and WOW...everything worked.
Our trip last fall was a 3+week trip...so if that gives you any idea about length of time per 30# bottle.
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We have had 5 propane fills in the last 2 1/2 years. Most of our trips are with the fridge on propane, using the oven and stove, and a little furnace use in spring and fall while campng. The propane usage does sometimes include running the furnace on extremely cold nites here to keep the vinyl flooring from cracking.
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Is it me or am I the only one that runs out of propane at 2:00am when it is cold out side.
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We went out on our 2011 shakedown trip last week and among the things we had to remember fron our first trip last fall was the how to start the water heater.
As it turned out we had no furnace, no hot water, and finally thought about the gas bottles might be empty.
Went out...turned the valve to the second tank...and WOW...everything worked.
Our trip last fall was a 3+week trip...so if that gives you any idea about length of time per 30# bottle.
The same thing happened to me but with a longer time period. I checked the stove and it worked so I waited to see if there were fuel in the lines or something. I finally switched over and eveything worked. With hookups I like to use a small electric heater instead of the furnace which helps save propang.

However, when I went to get the empty tank refilled - there were still about 2.5 gallons in it (with 9-11 nights of camping). Next time I will heat water on the stove to make sure there's isn't any air in the lines or something.

Another lesson learned from this experience - don't pre-pay ahead of time. Wait and see how much the tank actually takes.
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