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Old 04-15-2013, 09:57 AM   #11
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You can check by pouring hot water down the side of the tank. The empty space in the tank will allow the tank to warm...the propane in the tank will keep the tank surface cool. You can easily tell where the propane level is.

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I kind of do a combination of methods. I do get my empty filled after switching over to the full, but it may be later on in life before I get around to it. I always weigh, my second tank, when pulling the empty to make sure how much propane it has......then may end up getting both filled at the same time depending on this.

Dave, You got me to wondering though if a thermal gun would do the same thing. I could use it to check the temps on the bottle. I do carry one of those and check wheels/bearings/tires when stopped on trips.

I may go home around lunch and try it all out.
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I kind of do a combination of methods. I do get my empty filled after switching over to the full, but it may be later on in life before I get around to it. I always weigh, my second tank, when pulling the empty to make sure how much propane it has......then may end up getting both filled at the same time depending on this.

Dave, You got me to wondering though if a thermal gun would do the same thing. I could use it to check the temps on the bottle. I do carry one of those and check wheels/bearings/tires when stopped on trips.

I may go home around lunch and try it all out.
Definitely report back
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:19 AM   #13
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Will do. I have to get several 20# tanks filled anyway for a big camping/cookout we are having this weekend. I plan to weigh the tanks to find out how much propane they actually do have left in them, and should be able to guesstimate pretty well where the liquid propane levels should be in the tank, after subtracting the 20% expansion/vapor space, which we discussed before in the forum below:

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I'll do before-filling and after-filling temp checks.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:23 AM   #14
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I use Dave's method (hot water) with the temp gun. Works great.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:30 AM   #15
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Will do. I have to get several 20# tanks filled anyway for a big camping/cookout we are having this weekend. I plan to weigh the tanks to find out how much propane they actually do have left in them, and should be able to guesstimate pretty well where the liquid propane levels should be in the tank, after subtracting the 20% expansion/vapor space, which we discussed before in the forum below:

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I'll do before-filling and after-filling temp checks.
Looking forward to here how this turns out...
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:28 AM   #16
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We bought a fish weighing scale weighed a new full tank marked on scale had an empty tank weighed and marked it on scale this works great for us. Scale was 6$
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You can check by pouring hot water down the side of the tank. The empty space in the tank will allow the tank to warm...the propane in the tank will keep the tank surface cool. You can easily tell where the propane level is.

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Well hold on to your Sombrero cowboy...

Truma, LevelCheck, Measuring device
Dang it Herk, something else I need to go "shopping" for.
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Hey Herk...are you going to pay $100 for one of those?
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Think you have every toy ever made for RVing?

Well hold on to your Sombrero cowboy...

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So whats the price or did I miss it ?

Someone threw out a hundy but is that phor real ?

I think I will just do as I do its free and easy

Tank one emtpy switch over to tank two , fill tank one and wait for tank two to go empty .
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