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Old 10-17-2015, 09:57 AM   #21
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This "discussion" lost me at 'dry docking (off the grid)'.
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Old 10-17-2015, 01:09 PM   #22
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For me at least, conserving propane is not so much about saving money as it is about avoiding the hassle of removing and refilling the 30# tanks.

This was our first year with our new to us TT and we went through just a bit more than one 30# tank of propane using it for cooking, the WH, the fridge and the furnace. I leave the WH on overnight most of the time but I've experimented with turning it off. It didn't take long to re-heat the water in the morning - maybe 5 minutes.

We always have electric sites so most of our propane conservation comes from using shore power for the fridge and an electric ceramic heater rather than the furnace. The ceramic heater is quieter than the furnace, too.
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Old 10-17-2015, 01:13 PM   #23
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One trick we use when dry camping is to fill the tea kettle from the kitchen hat water faucet just before taking our showers, as that uses just enough of the water from the hot water line to bring hot water to the shower from the water heater, thus saving water.
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Old 10-17-2015, 01:43 PM   #24
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If your using gas and are camped near another rig be courteous and turn it off at night. Water heaters on propane are very noisy, more so for your neighbors than inside your rig.
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Old 10-17-2015, 03:08 PM   #25
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If your using gas and are camped near another rig be courteous and turn it off at night. Water heaters on propane are very noisy, more so for your neighbors than inside your rig.

No kidding on the noise- our neighbor in Colorado Springs had the noisiest water heater I've ever heard. And, with the way their camper was and the site layout (they had the campers back to back), it was right outside of our bedroom slide.
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Old 10-17-2015, 03:10 PM   #26
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$30 a tank? I live in Canada and we pay double for everything and I pay only $18 for 30 lbs at Costco. I would say you are getting a bad deal for propane.

I was excited to pay just $27 one time. I was so surprised, I had the guy double-check that he was charging me correctly. Other than that, it's been significantly more expensive.
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Old 10-17-2015, 03:21 PM   #27
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This "discussion" lost me at 'dry docking (off the grid)'.
Sorry there we dont call it boondocking in New Zealand we call it, Off The Grid, or Freedom Camping.
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Old 10-17-2015, 04:27 PM   #28
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I guess I am stupid. First...what is dry camping? I will admit. I am spoiled. I want electric and water. I am also VERY conservative. I just assumed you should turn it off when not using it. I will tell you that we are different. That would be for a different topic.


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Dry camping- camping in campground with no hookups(like 99% of California State Parks)

Boondocking- camping in areas with no developed campsites, such as US Forests, deserts, Walmart, rest stops, truck stops or BLM land.

Our WH is right next to our bed, so we turn it off at night, so we don't get woke up when it fires up.
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We are dry docking (off the grid), does anyone know if it uses more gas to heat water from scratch or keep it hot all night.
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Since you are dry camping possibly -- leaving it on uses a little more of your battery reserve ?

When dry camping I keep everything that I can in the off position.

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Sorry there we dont call it boondocking in New Zealand we call it, Off The Grid, or Freedom Camping.
Oh, I wasn't referred to your terminology. I don't plan to camp off the grid on any continent! We love us some water and electricity hook-ups!
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