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Old 06-29-2009, 07:06 AM   #11
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I left both open until I read these responses!! I will open one from now on though, just to be safe. I'm not convinced my automatic valve is working correctly!
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:18 AM   #12
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I always leave both cylinder valves open. Yes, I've had a regulator leak but that's not common and I've made it a habit of checking the propane every couple of days.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:27 AM   #13
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I have always only opened one valve when setting up camp and when I'm heading out, I close it. Are most other folks leaving the gas valves open at the tank all the time and relying on control knobs?
So you don't keep your refigarator running while traveling?
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:21 AM   #14
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When I am ready to leave for a trip, I turn both valves on. When I return, I look at the red/green indicator. If it is green, I close both valves. If it is red, I switch arrow to other tank, close both valves, remove empty tank and refill it. When I put it back on the trailer, I leave the valve closed.

Next trip, I go through the same procedure. I make several trips before having to replace a tank, so I never have to worry about running out.

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Old 06-29-2009, 02:24 PM   #15
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When I am ready to leave for a trip, I turn both valves on. When I return, I look at the red/green indicator. If it is green, I close both valves. If it is red, I switch arrow to other tank, close both valves, remove empty tank and refill it. When I put it back on the trailer, I leave the valve closed.

Next trip, I go through the same procedure. I make several trips before having to replace a tank, so I never have to worry about running out.

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We do the same. We figure, whats the point of having an autochangeover valve if you don't use it? And a couple of nights camping in the cold makes it all worthwhile!
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:34 PM   #16
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When I am ready to leave for a trip, I turn both valves on. When I return, I look at the red/green indicator. If it is green, I close both valves. If it is red, I switch arrow to other tank, close both valves, remove empty tank and refill it. When I put it back on the trailer, I leave the valve closed.

Next trip, I go through the same procedure. I make several trips before having to replace a tank, so I never have to worry about running out.

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Anyone has a picture of this red/green indicator? My indicator came apart so I don't know how it looked originally. For now, I just turn the knob to a tank which I think is filled.

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Old 06-29-2009, 08:20 PM   #17
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I have been pointing the arrow to one of my tanks and turning the valve on on that tank only. I don't even touch the other tank until this one runs out.

As far as running with the gas on for the Refrigerator I do that as well. I hook up to power a day or two prior to leaving and get the fridge cold. Then we load it up with o items such as mayo, ketchup, mustard, etc. (Usually we wait until we get somewhere before we buy the bulk of our food.) Then when I hookup to the truck I turn on the gas and un-hook the power and pull out. Depending on where you are heading some states want you to turn off the tanks before you go through a tunnel. Some states even make you pull over at an inspection station. It is not much of an issue to pull over before you get to the tunnel and turn off the gas and then turn it back on when you get out.
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So you don't keep your refigarator running while traveling?
I'm under the impression its running off of 12v power. Regardless though, I typically am not traveling more than an hour or two.
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I'm under the impression its running off of 12v power. Regardless though, I typically am not traveling more than an hour or two.
Most full sized campers do not have a 12 volt option. That is usually just for pop-ups and fold down campers.

If you have the fridge in the automatic mode, and the propane tanks on, most fridges will switch from 110 volts to the propane when you unplug the shore power.
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