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Old 02-25-2015, 03:01 PM   #11
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Saw this on Amazon. Bothers me a bit that there are more 1 star ratings (9) than there are 5 star (7). As best, it must be hard to use. No?
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Old 02-25-2015, 03:04 PM   #12
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Saw this on Amazon. Bothers me a bit that there are more 1 star ratings (9) than there are 5 star (7). As best, it must be hard to use. No?
I can not comment on it's use, I don't have any. I just weigh my tanks......
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Old 02-25-2015, 03:19 PM   #13
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Sounds like you haven't ever taken your bottle covers off (PDI should have went through this). You should have this (pictured below) which has a rather crude level detector. and x2 Mojojo.
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Old 02-25-2015, 03:27 PM   #14
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I guess I'm the exception, I don't check them at all.

On the RV I only turn on one bottle at a time, when that one is empty I turn on the other and get the empty filled. My Weber grill at home has a pretty accurate gauge that weighs the tank with a spring and indicator, but I rarely check it since I have two tanks and just swap them when one is empty.
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After finding out we have a auto switch valve I leave the second tank valve closed. Better then swapping to the 5 gallon reserve on in a bath robe at 10:00 at night. Now I just open the second tank and refill in the am.
I thought the auto change over valve eliminated the need to switch tanks in the middle of the night? Leaving the second tank closed eliminates the ability of the auto feature? I'm not understanding....
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I thought the auto change over valve eliminated the need to switch tanks in the middle of the night? Leaving the second tank closed eliminates the ability of the auto feature? I'm not understanding....
Yes it will, but unless you check the auto switch valve on a regular basis you'll find out when both tanks are empty. When I run out of propane, I only have one empty tank.

As to needing to switch in the middle of the night, we are usually on shore power when camping so the Fridge/WH are on A/C and if its cold we probably have a space heater running in the bedroom. I'll open the other tank valve in the morning while coffee is brewing.

On a very cold night where I wanted the furnace to run a bit for plumbing protection, I filled the tank we'd been using from prior to that trip, or switched to the full tank before I went to bed.

Everyone has their own way of doing it and it's not wrong if it works for you.
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:30 PM   #17
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Sounds like you haven't ever taken your bottle covers off (PDI should have went through this). You should have this (pictured below) which has a rather crude level detector. and x2 Mojojo.
Nope, I haven't. I've only had the camper at home for a month. We've had some pretty nasty weather since then. As for PDI, I felt it was thorough, but no, they did not go over that aspect.
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I have the Truma Levelcheck mentioned above and think it's great. I'm able to narrow down the level in the tank to a quarter inch or so. Much faster than the old "pour boiling water down the outside of the tank" method.
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Spill some hot, and i mean some-a cup of hot water onto your tank. You will see the frost line on it.
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Old 03-02-2015, 03:26 PM   #20
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First, thanks for all the replies! I appreciate it!

How difficult is it to take the black plastic cover off of the propane tanks?
Just a little note on the "Pull Hard" thing, on mine I have to loosen the large wing nut that secures the upper tank mounting bracket down against the tanks to allow the tanks to rock a bit in order to remove the cover as it is so tight against the head of the electric tongue jack. I can remove remove the cover without doing so, but it feels like I am going to break something.

You may have plenty of clearance on yours, just thought I'd share that in case you don't.

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