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Old 08-13-2011, 06:42 PM   #11
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:16 AM   #12
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I agree with the battery suggestions your getting. Too many people never realize that their batteries aren't up to par because they pay little attention to them. I leave my little group 24 always connected and let the converter do it's thing.

And as pointed out above, always go to your stove first when trying to diagnose a possible gas problem.

With regards to your propane tanks, I always leave the one I'm not using with it's valve closed and the tank selector pointed at the tank in use. I was told that with the selector pointed up, I was drawing off both tanks and that left me uncomfortable with the chance of being caught totally out of propane.

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Old 08-14-2011, 08:56 AM   #13
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IWith regards to your propane tanks, I always leave the one I'm not using with it's valve closed and the tank selector pointed at the tank in use. I was told that with the selector pointed up, I was drawing off both tanks and that left me uncomfortable with the chance of being caught totally out of propane.
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Times two. Opposite tank off unless I am dry camping. When dry camping I leave both on and check for a red indicator on my nightly walk around. If I find it I switch it over and remove the dead bottle for filling immediately (if possible). I sometimes carry a 20 pound bottle for the Lil Red Campfire and have dropped it in place of the 30 pound when we needed "longevity" before heading to the fill spot.

I have heard the "lever up" statement before, but my research shows that it is not a recommended technique.
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Appreciate all the advice and the attachments. Love having this forum available to get the experience and knowledge of others.
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I agree with the battery suggestions your getting. Too many people never realize that their batteries aren't up to par because they pay little attention to them. I leave my little group 24 always connected and let the converter do it's thing.

And as pointed out above, always go to your stove first when trying to diagnose a possible gas problem.

With regards to your propane tanks, I always leave the one I'm not using with it's valve closed and the tank selector pointed at the tank in use. I was told that with the selector pointed up, I was drawing off both tanks and that left me uncomfortable with the chance of being caught totally out of propane.

Best of luck.
Whether to opt to open both tank valves is a matter of personal choice. However, if your only open one then you defeat the purpose of the auto-changeover regulator.

If you have an auto-changeover regulator, as most modern trailers do, the "tank selector" does not actually "select" one tank or the other. It's sole purpose is to simply point to the one in current use. And yes, regardless of the position of the "tank selector", left, right or straight up, you can eventually totally run out of propane. But, you are not drawing off of both tanks simultaneously, but rather sequentually as the auto-changeover regulator draws from one tank and then the other as the first one empties. That is why the regulators have a colored indicator to tell you when they have switched tanks. Curiously, an many instances, the operation of the auto-changeover regulators is not adequately explained during your purchase walk-thru .

Page 4 on Herk's Marshall regulator document reference explains this procedure. Other manufacturers regulators work the same but differ in appearance.

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