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Old 11-12-2012, 10:12 PM   #1
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Question Propane & Propane Products

I have a Freedom Express 292 BHDS.

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Question for the board regarding propane tanks. I have seen gauges that go on the bottle outlet and I have seen what appears to be stickers that adhere to the sides of the tanks. I am not sure how many pounds my two tanks are, however they are much larger than the standard tanks you pick up for a gas grill.

What do you use to keep you informed as to the amount of propane in your travel trailer tanks? Any cool items out there that make keeping track of the levels easy?
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:16 AM   #2
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I have a Freedom Express 292 BHDS.

Where is Hank Hill when you need him.

Question for the board regarding propane tanks. I have seen gauges that go on the bottle outlet and I have seen what appears to be stickers that adhere to the sides of the tanks. I am not sure how many pounds my two tanks are, however they are much larger than the standard tanks you pick up for a gas grill.

What do you use to keep you informed as to the amount of propane in your travel trailer tanks? Any cool items out there that make keeping track of the levels easy?
To be honest I don't keep track. We have two propane tanks with an automatic change over valve. When the valve shows red the tank is empty and has changed to the full tank. I refill at the first opportunity. You can pour some hot water on the tank, where the tank is cold is the propane level. That is the principal of the tape on the side of the tank.

I don't really follow how the gauge works as the propane pressure is always the same no matter how low the propane in the tank is. Only when the propane runs out does the pressure drop to zero. No propane at the stove tells you the same thing.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:52 AM   #3
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I also have auto switch over valve.
When one tank switches over I take the empty to be refilled.

Next size larger from grill tanks are 30 lb tanks.

The gauges you speak of work "ok" but mildly inaccurate.


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Old 11-13-2012, 09:38 AM   #4
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The Schaffer's RV Trip Log: Measuring Propane Use

Follow the link above, that's how I measure occasionally to see where I am with respect to the propane amount remaining and what we are doing. Found that running our furnace on these cold fall nights really used the propane, but cooking/grilling was very little. Using a simple scale I can get a good idea. When the popup is closed, I can just loosen the one nut enough to let the tank lift and get a close weight, without having to remove it all the time.

Talking with others at the campground about the screw on meters, some liked them, some didn't. Some noticed a pressure drop on their stove due to the additional restriction it adds, others said they didn't notice. Also, it seemed common not to move much during use, and then Boom,... dropped to red and you were out of propane. Which makes sense, as the pressure would be rather steady till the very end as mentioned by another post above.

The strips that adhere to the sides of the tank can show you the level, but typically need HOT water to activate the strip. Even then, it can be difficult to read sometimes if the water temp isn't hot enough.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:47 PM   #5
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You might get a few more ideas if you post tho under the Propane systems forum under General Tech and Repair.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:01 PM   #6
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You might get a few more ideas if you post tho under the Propane systems forum under General Tech and Repair.
Excellent idea. The thread has been moved.
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