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Old 08-21-2015, 09:58 PM   #1
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Check propane without removing cover?

First morning into our first real outing with our new 23IKSS (more on that later). Half way through my morning shower - just starting the rinse phase - the water goes cold. Fast. Yikes! We're up in the mountains and it is chilly. The problem, I believe, was the propane. I had only turned on one tank and when I checked it was empty.

Yes, I know I should have checked before setup. But I didn't.

Of course when I recovered, dressed and went out to check it was a pain as I had to lift the bed to get the cover off the propane tanks so I could see the gauges. Does anyone know of a way or a mod that allows you to check the propane levels without needing to remove the cover?

And while I'm on the topic of propane, is it best to run with only one tank at a time or use both together?
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:05 PM   #2
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Use one tank first. That way when one is emty you will have a full reserve. Later RJD
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:10 PM   #3
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Many of us Roo owners have cut a rectangle in the propane tank cover and added a clear piece of lexan or plexiglass in order to see the changeover regulator without removing the cover. Thought I had a pic of it but couldn't find it.

Heres a post with a couple of photos on how to do it if interested.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...d.php?p=727760
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:10 PM   #4
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It would be better to run both tanks when it's cold. In each tank there is liquid propane that evaporates into the gas we use. The evaporation in the tank is reduced when the tanks are cold, so when it cold out run both.

If the Roo has an automatic change over regulator it will typically draw from the one bottle before switching to the second bottle.

In this case you will not have a choice of run two bottles at once. There are remote gas monitors that can be added to the panel of the Roo.


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Old 08-21-2015, 10:22 PM   #5
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It's part of our setup procedure to take the tank cover off, before lowering the front bunk.
And we only use one tank at a time.
Much easier to switch over, than finding both tanks empty in the middle of the night.
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:24 PM   #6
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Here's what I did on my Roo 19:
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It's part of our setup procedure to take the tank cover off, before lowering the front bunk.
And we only use one tank at a time.
Much easier to switch over, than finding both tanks empty in the middle of the night.
That's what I do as well
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1 tank at a time and DW's make up mirror works great.
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:57 PM   #9
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Thanks, Everyone. Good stuff. I'll probably do the plexiglass rectangle but may also remove the cover when I remember.
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Old 08-21-2015, 11:01 PM   #10
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I use one tank at a time so as not to get the cold shock.. I also painted the arrow of the selector yellow so I can see what way it is pointed.
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