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Old 09-28-2012, 03:44 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by sself1219 View Post
I looked and I can't find any kind of lever to adjust the thermostat on the water heater or a way to cut the gas or otherwise turn the water heater off, other than killing the gas at the regulator where the bottles connect.
I don't know of such lever either. That is why I asked thebrakeman for a photo. If there is such a puppy, I want to know about it.


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Old 09-28-2012, 03:56 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by thebrakeman
Great news! Hope that works out for you.
I also have an '04 261T. We went on a 2-week trip around Michigan's Upper Peninsula (awesome trip!), staying at 7 differnet places. So we were running the fridge on gas a lot. 1700 miles over the 2 weeks. But we always keep the fridge on "Auto", so it automatically switches to AC power as soon as you plug it in. If you are plugged into AC shorepower, but still forcing it to run on gas (while camping) you are wasting propane. The only time I force it on gas is when the DW put stuff in the freezer that isn't already frozen solid.

As for the water heater, those thing use very little gas. Just be sure you don't have the outside lever turned all the way up, making the water hotter than it needs to be. I keep mine right in the middle.

For that trip, between finishing off a partial tank, and using part of the 2nd, we probably use about the equivilent of 1 30 lb tank, or maybe a bit more.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:02 PM   #13
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I would recommend against the auto-switchover regulator. It's a good way to find out you are out of gas on a cold night.

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