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Old 07-10-2010, 08:14 PM   #11
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Yeah, that's what my antenna looks like. Highest point on the trailer is 13 feet and this is higher still? I must have hit a low branch or something.

Any info on the usage of 2 x 30 lb propane bottles. I will be dry camping for 20 days in August and the closest propane refill centre is 50 miles one way. My wife is worried that we will run out. I carry a spare 20 lb bottle for a bar-b-q that we would use if the others run out.

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I dont dry camp, but I do have 2-30# propane tanks that I fill once a year. I camp about 30 days a year maybe more. Use propane for heat, occassional refridgerator operations, and hot water and some occassional cooking inside. I have not run out yet. In fact I just filled them today one was empty the second was 50%.

I do suggest that you work off one tank at a time, therefore if you run out of the first tank in less than 10 days you will know to reduce consumption. I dont rely on the valve in the camper, I shut the tank off that I don't want to use.

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Old 07-11-2010, 12:03 AM   #12
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I do suggest that you work off one tank at a time, therefore if you run out of the first tank in less than 10 days you will know to reduce consumption. I dont rely on the valve in the camper, I shut the tank off that I don't want to use.

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Good advice. While camping in June, I noticed the changeover valve was showing red for the RH tank, so I switched over to the LH tank. When I got home I took the tanks off the tongue & got them refilled. I could hear sloshing in the RH tank & the LH tank seemed noticebly heavier.

When I got them filled @ a local truck stop (there's always a person or 2 getting tanks filled), the attendant asked why I was getting them filled as they didn't really take much propane to fill. I said, I wasn't sure about how full they were before I left for camping (trailer had sat on lot for a year & I had been trying out the various systems) & didn't know how much was left.

When I got home, both 20 pound bottles weighed 36 pounds on a digital scale. I guess I'll just have to weigh them to make sure.

About the changeover valve. Is the red indication quite distinct or is it faint? I may have seen a red reflection thru the glass & thought it was red & ready to change. Instructions for the valve are a poor translation from Chinese to English.
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Old 07-11-2010, 12:34 PM   #13
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The fridge is pretty efficient- minimal gas usage there. However, the water heater- depending on how thrifty you can be on hot showers and dishes. Also, if you happen to need gas heat for those cool nights, that is a big energy hog, on your battery and your gas. Good luck, Randy
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