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Old 07-23-2014, 08:12 AM   #11
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Pssst, and probably a license and ..., it might be illegal where you are or the bulk dealer might remove your tank?
Don't speak out loud what you're thinking, but you're on the right track .
Lol, I did say potentially...
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:17 AM   #12
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I leave my fridge setting on auto. When pluged into shore power it auto switches to electric. I use the gas only setting when I am plugged in and want the fridge to cool faster.Does yours not operate the same way?
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:43 AM   #13
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Good discussion, thanks everyone.
I'm betting my gas company would not install a wet line, but I'm sure they'd fill my tanks when they come out to fill the big one.
I need to find a suitable place and get them filled now anyway. I didn't realize my fridge was on auto so it ate my gas. Newbie mistake,lol.
I would suspect a leak drained your tank unless you left the fridge on for months. They use very little propane and the burner only comes on for a short time every 2 -3hrs or so if the fridge is not opened.
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:49 AM   #14
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I would suspect a leak drained your tank unless you left the fridge on for months. They use very little propane and the burner only comes on for a short time every 2 -3hrs or so if the fridge is not opened.
Yeah, I'm not too familiar with the operation of this fridge... yet. Been traveling a lot, but not in the TT, unfortunately. Definitely need to get up to speed on all this.

Dude I bought it from said it had a tank and a half, but when I checked the other day, both showed empty. Oh well.
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:19 AM   #15
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Ok let me chime in here on the safety aspect of gravity filling your bottles from a bigger tank. To fill a trailer bottle or forklift bottle from a bulk tank without a pump you need a "wet line" as stated above. That consists of a Liquid check lock adaptor, a valve and relief valve, hose, hose end valve and necessary connection to connect to tank being filled. (avg retail $250) To fill the tank you must reduce the pressure by opening the bleeder (aka spitter) on the valve. Once pressure is reduced liquid will flow BUT while you are doing this propane vapor is collecting around your ankles and or any low spot (propane is heavier than air) in the vicinity. Since the normal consumer bulk tank is anywhere from 10 feet away to right up against the house(depending on size) this creates a very hazardous environment. Let alone the chance for a freeze burn from splash. Be safe let a professional fill it.
PS It is ILLEAGAL and very unsafe to refill 14oz and 1# DISPOSABLE bottles they are a one time use cylinder. You assume all liability if you do this.
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:26 AM   #16
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Ok let me chime in here on the safety aspect of gravity filling your bottles from a bigger tank. To fill a trailer bottle or forklift bottle from a bulk tank without a pump you need a "wet line" as stated above. That consists of a Liquid check lock adaptor, a valve and relief valve, hose, hose end valve and necessary connection to connect to tank being filled. (avg retail $250) To fill the tank you must reduce the pressure by opening the bleeder (aka spitter) on the valve. Once pressure is reduced liquid will flow BUT while you are doing this propane vapor is collecting around your ankles and or any low spot (propane is heavier than air) in the vicinity. Since the normal consumer bulk tank is anywhere from 10 feet away to right up against the house(depending on size) this creates a very hazardous environment. Let alone the chance for a freeze burn from splash. Be safe let a professional fill it.
PS It is ILLEAGAL and very unsafe to refill 14oz and 1# DISPOSABLE bottles they are a one time use cylinder. You assume all liability if you do this.
Good info, thanks.

No, I do not refill the small bottles, never have, don't want that risk.
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:28 AM   #17
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I agree with OC. Refrigerators use very little gas. I am more suspect of bad info from the seller or a small leak in the tank system.

Also, when I stop at Flying J on my way to Florida for my annual propane refill I also top up my little 5lb grill tank. When they do that they change adapters from what they used on the Motorhome 100lb tank to fill the little one. Just FYI...

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Old 07-23-2014, 10:20 AM   #18
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I would advise unless you are Hank Hill or licences to do so not to fill your own tanks.



This was many city blocks in Toronto after a worker who died transferring propane between two trucks. The place is out of business and lawsuits underway. This change propane filling and storage standards in Ontario. I use Costco for $16- $18 a 30 lb is cheap here in Canada.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:59 AM   #19
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Propane fill

Maybe not caught in the replies, but my neighbor had the Gas Company install a pump on his very large bulk tank that was for the house. I don't know what they charged him, but we both had motorhomes and he would fill mine for practically nothing. This was 20 years ago but can't see why you couldn't go that route.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:14 AM   #20
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x's 1000 on not refilling the green 1lb tanks. I learned the hard way. Bought the adapter and was doing it fairly regularly until I had one green tank that would not seal and was letting gas escape via the valve at a high rate. I tossed it in the yard until it ran out. Threw out the adapter that day...not worth the risk. More I thought about it the more it has the potential for an explosion of the green tank should they corrode to the point of failure. When metal sheers under pressure...sparks fly and well you know how the rest of the story goes.
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