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Old 11-01-2013, 06:59 AM   #1
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How long should propane supply last?

Still a newbie at this stuff. Any ideas how long 30lb tank of propane will last? We have 8 weeks of trips thus far. I have used the furnace about 12 hours but have no idea how often the gas back up comes on for the hot water heater. The stove top is used very little. The gas grill probably has 15 hours of use. The two 30lb tanks in my windjammer 3008w are far from easy to access so I don't think a tank mounted gauge is my answer.

If I had known how much we could enjoy traveling in our windjammer, I would have started years ago.

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Old 11-01-2013, 07:13 AM   #2
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Depends on your use of gas appliances. I'm still on the first bottle in my new rockwood since may. More than 5 weeks camping. But we'll use more as weather cools. Make sure to set you regulator to use only one tank at a time. When its empty, switch over and refill it. And enjoy. : -)
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:25 AM   #3
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The last line what Dcheatwood said! Switch & Refill!! Youroo!!
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Last winter when the temps stayed at, or below freezing during the nights, (and some days) we were going through a tank every 4-5 days. At $3.39 a gallon, it was a bit on the expensive side. Under normal usage (what's normal) we were getting 10-15 days from a 30 pounder. Warmer days, with out shore power perhaps as much as a month. Now that we are plugged into shore power, a tank will last 10-12 weeks, maybe more. My wife likes to bake stuff, and that is our primary use of LP gas right now. This winter we will heat with shore power. We cook with shore power, and the water heater works off shore power. Free electricity is a good thing.
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Furnace use is by far the most consuming appliance of propane. I typically go through both bottles in a season. Water heater is next probably followed by the grill/stove top and the fridge should use the very least. If you could find data on the gas consumption of all the appliances and figure out the avg time they are used you could do a little math and estimate when the tanks would run dry. I like it keep it exciting and set the regulator to not change over when Tank 1 empties so that at least i never completely run out.
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He meant "already paid for electricity" I'll bet.

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The two 30lb tanks in my windjammer 3008w are far from easy to access so I don't think a tank mounted gauge is my answer.
Lucky, those gauges measure pressure not volume. You'll have pressure right up to the moment you run out. If you do any mod to the propane system, get a sensor to tell you when the tanks have switched over so you know one needs refilling.
Here's a link to the mod: RV Propane Tank Changeover Indicator | ModMyRV

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I've been doing mostly weekend camping (4-5 days at a time) for the last 20+ years. That would be both dry camping and in the winter months seek out campgrounds with full hook ups. Some of the tricks we've done to conserve on propane when dry camping is only run the water heater when we plan to shower and wash up dishes. We've found with this new rig, the insulation isn't quite as good and the heater kicks on a lot.
When hooked to shore power, we have a space heater to keep it nice and warm inside. We'll run the furnace first thing in the morning to get the damp and chill off, but limit it from running constantly. And the water heater has the electric option, so we can save on propane there as well.
So, doing a few things like that, we get 2 weeks + out of a 30 lb tank.
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To directly answer the OP's thread title, until it's empty.

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