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Old 12-31-2014, 09:57 AM   #11
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The more people you pile into the camper, the more free heat you get. Each one is good for 100 watts.

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Old 12-31-2014, 10:24 AM   #12
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You mention 50 degree mark. Is that noon or midnight. Early mornings (4-7am) are much cooler. We keep the inside temp around at 62 at night and 66 day. And use snuggies and slippers while watching TV. When temps are 40-50 outside and using a ceremic heater our propane is only used to cook and heat water. The furnance seldomly comes on (a 30lb bottle last 3-4wks). If we Just use the furnance then a bottle can last 6-8 days.

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Old 01-06-2015, 08:38 PM   #13
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Traded my lunch with a guy at work to be safe. All the weird sounds and cramps or spasms in the hand. Figured to be smart and see if was a sign of affection or something. Check on him in the morning to see.

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Old 10-04-2015, 06:33 PM   #14
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We just switched from a 32' towable trailer to a 42' Salem Park model this year at our seasonal site. We aren't full time, and generally use it for weekends and the odd week of vacation time.
We were used to going almost a full season on 2 x 30 lbs tanks, used for space heating, water heating, stove/oven cooking, and at times the frig.
On our new unit, the propane is only for the stove and space heating, and somewhat surprised that we just blew thru one of the 30 lbs over 3 days on a weekend just used for space heating with temps in the 60/70 range.
We replaced the dual stage regulator, main hose, and both tank hoses this summer, and I have sprayed them down with soapy water to ensure there are no leaks, but this rate of consumption seems excessive.
Should I be checking the black iron piping under the trailer too for leaks, or is this to be expected?

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Old 10-05-2015, 10:10 AM   #15
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There are 91,500 btu per gallon on propane and approx 7.5 to 8 gallons in a 30# cylinder, Add up you BTU load for the furnace (30,000 I think) water heater, fridge (9,000 I think) and range (burners are 9,000 ea I think) you can get this info from the manuals or off of the tags on the units. Then you can get a rough idea of consumption. When the furnace is blowing heat its usually at full flame same with water heater when its on its at full output.

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Old 10-05-2015, 10:52 AM   #16
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The Suburban P-40 Furnace is 40,000 BTU, and nothing else was run off the propane during this time, as the 20 gallon water heater is only electric, and my wife hasn't used the stove.

So can I assume that the furnance 40,000 BTU consumption would be over an hour if it was allowed to run that long continuously?

If this is the case, and (91,500 x 8 = 732,000 BTU's available) then divide by 40,000 ... when the furnace has run approximately 18.3 hours, the tank should be empty. This of course is assuming nothing is lost during the cycling.

We did notice that the AC unit cycled a lot during hot periods, which really is showing us how much difference insulation makes if this is the case.

Our last trailer has 2" walls of rigid foam and 3" thick rigid ceilings with fiberglass sides (instead of the stick frame and aluminum siding we have now) and the furnace hardly had to run to keep it warm.
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:06 PM   #17
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Are you sure that the bottles were full / filled totally?? ......... we have a 36 ft alum sided wood frame & can go on two 30 lb bottles including 32 degree temps at times.... for the whole season / year. We also run the water heater on gas as well....

Also aren't your calculations assuming that it ran continously without cycling ?????

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Old 10-06-2015, 03:12 PM   #18
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Yes as I had both tanks refilled the weekend before at Costco, and the gas was turned off when we left for the week, and turned back on this past weekend on Friday evening. The tanks are less than a year old.

At this point I am suspecting a slow gas leak somewhere as the consumption just doesn't make sense to me, given it is only the furnace consuming it.

We have not smelled propane at all, and as mentioned before, the Regulator (Marshall) tank hoses, and main regulator to steel pipe hoses were all replaced in the last two months and soap tested. This was done due to the cheap regulator failing the diaphragm inside.

The black iron piping under the trailer is the only place not soap tested yet, but all looked good when I was under there blocked the trailer and leveled when we parked it in July.
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Old 10-12-2015, 08:33 PM   #19
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While this weekend was somewhat warmer, I think I may have discovered one possible cause.

When we bought this new to us trailer, we had to replace the regulator, which I also decided to replace the tank lines as well given they looked rather dried out.

The new tank lines have plastic thread on tank connectors, which I discovered this weekend, will still turn almost a full turn after the point you normally would stop given the feel.

They are a different brand than I normally use, and my guess is that the seals are compressing until they physically bottom out and haven't taken a "form" yet.

I've replaced a number of propane lines and regulators over the years, but haven't seen this before ... time will tell if this is it.

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