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Old 07-16-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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Propane Usage

Just checked the propane gages on our new MH (Forester 3051S). Propane supposedly was filled by the dealer, but I didn't verify on the gage. The tank is 60# and shows 2/3 on the LED monitor and 1/2 on the tank-mounted gage. That means we've used about 30# of propane on our first trip! We only use it for WH and fridge, and very briefly turned on the furnace one morning to be sure it worked. In our previous TT we only used one 20# tank through 3 camping seasons, again for WH and fridge. The MH has 12 cf fridge and the TT had 6 cf, so I'd expect higher propane usage on the MH, but this seems like a lot.

What is your typical propane usage? Any experience with the accuracy of the propane monitor/gage?
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:34 AM   #2
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That is a lot, and I would be checking for leaks.
We don't go through that much in a season!
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:38 AM   #3
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You stated you used WH and fridge...while the fridge does not burn a great deal, the WH is a propane hog. I would monitor your use and see if it is consistent. Some RV water heaters are set to a very high temperature (probably to make the hot water go further) which takes a lot of BTU energy to maintain that heat. If there was showering, I would be suspicious you really just burned all that propane.
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60# in a season depending on furnace usage.
Why not use electric on wh and fridge?

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We run wh and frig on propane constantly and they have not been turned off since getting the 5er in Feb12 and one tank is still full and the other is about 1/2. The furnace will eat your lunch using propane. Only used it one night in FL last winter to supplement the EdenPure electric heater.
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With all the hot air in your camper - I am pretty sure your furnace does not burn much propane...
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With all the hot air in your camper - I am pretty sure your furnace does not burn much propane...
Someone dump 'nasty' on your cereal this morning?
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The WH has been set for both electric and propane. Does anyone know if it "favors" electr over propane when the MH is connected to 110v? I imagine I may have been heating the WH while we're on the road. Thanks for suggestion to check the temp setting. The water temp doesn't seem too high though.
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The WH has been set for both electric and propane. Does anyone know if it "favors" electr over propane when the MH is connected to 110v? I imagine I may have been heating the WH while we're on the road. Thanks for suggestion to check the temp setting. The water temp doesn't seem too high though.
you want to turn both off when travelling, but yeah - if you had the gas turned on when travelling your HW heater was burning propane the whole time. it only needs 12v off the battery to work.

And to my experience when both are on, usually the 110 keeps it hot enough I do not hear the propane kick on that much. but as soon as there is a draw the propane element will kick in because the 110 element is not very quick to heat up.
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The WH has been set for both electric and propane. Does anyone know if it "favors" electr over propane when the MH is connected to 110v? I imagine I may have been heating the WH while we're on the road. Thanks for suggestion to check the temp setting. The water temp doesn't seem too high though.
Normally, the wh will favor electric for just keeping the water to temp. The propane will come on when using a large volume of water like when taking a shower. I doubt very much if the propane comes on very much while on the road unless you're using hot water. The tanks are insulated pretty well and can go several hrs without coming on provided no hot water is used.
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