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Old 01-21-2014, 08:13 AM   #1
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New RV'er and FR3 owner. Trying to understand many days and nights of camping in cold 20-30 degree temps can I go before I need to refill my lp tank?


We have camped about 12 days running it at 70 with water heater too. It's on 1/4 tank remaining. Does that sound right? The reason I ask is it was on 3/4. For most of the trip and next time I checked it the gauge read 1/4! I was thinking wow thats quite a drop

What do u guys think?

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Old 01-21-2014, 08:19 AM   #2
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New RV'er and FR3 owner. Trying to understand many days and nights of camping in cold 20-30 degree temps can I go before I need to refill my lp tank?


We have camped about 12 days running it at 70 with water heater too. It's on 1/4 tank remaining. Does that sound right? The reason I ask is it was on 3/4. For most of the trip and next time I checked it the gauge read 1/4! I was thinking wow thats quite a drop

What do u guys think?

Grotto

I would suggest to look at your tank's gauge for a more accurate reading. The control panel light may not always be correct...
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:21 AM   #3
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That is the gauge I was looking at. The one on the tank itself.
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:24 AM   #4
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That is the gauge I was looking at. The one on the tank itself.

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Old 01-21-2014, 08:32 AM   #5
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After the trip. I could have sworn it read 3/4. That was thanksgiving week. We park in storage facility. I went there this weekend and it read 1/4. I was thinking its leaking or something
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After the trip. I could have sworn it read 3/4. That was thanksgiving week. We park in storage facility. I went there this weekend and it read 1/4. I was thinking its leaking or something

Interesting. Did you refill the tank and monitor or are you going to take to dealer to check your gas lines? It could have been just a lot of consumption during your stay. I live in SoCal and I rally run the furnace. Good luck on your project...
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:58 AM   #7
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Speaking of propane usage... does anyone know what the BTUs are on the FR3 furnace? Or where I can find that information? I'm trying to figure out what my expected propane use is for running the furnace. Looking on the web, I found the following info:

1 gal propane = 4.7 lbs (beware the answer on ask.com where it says one gallon of propane weighs 40 lbs! I saw that and said, 'I don't believe it.' Found a better number.)

Saw a site where people were talking about a furnace using 1.5 lbs/hour. Then another that said propane has 90,000 BTUs per gallon. So, the 1.5 lbs/hour would be about .3 gallon or 30,000 BTUs.

Anyway, I'm trying to figure out if I should be using electric or propane for heating. I'm at a park on a monthly basis, so I have to pay for the electricity.

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Old 01-24-2014, 10:20 AM   #8
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What is your cost for hydro per KWH. What is the cost of propane. When we were camping in BC for the winter the hydro was 10cent/KWH and propane was $1.00/lb. If I heated with propane I would use 30lb in 5 days or $180/month. Heating with propane my hydro cost were $50 per month. Using 2 electric heaters and a dehumidifier my total hydro bill was $150 per month. I heated my HW with propane. One tank of propane lasted 1 1/2 months. So i was saving about $50 per month by heating with electric heaters.
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Good question. I'll have to check at the park office what the KWH cost is. I don't have enough data on my LP usage to know what that will be. Have only been running the furnace for a week.

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I just happened upon this thread. We had 2/3 of a tank (on the tank gauge) when we spent one very cold night (19°F) and had heat set at 70°F. By the next morning we were down to 1/3 of a tank. I know the heat ran a lot, but that sounds way excessive. This is on a 2014 FR3 30DS.
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