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Old 05-12-2015, 09:48 AM   #1
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Propane indicator/switch

Not sure what this is exactly called. The gizmo that sits between the propane tanks that indicates green/red. Pretty sure its not the regulator. anyway, I looked all through my literature and can't find info specifically for this. If anyone can point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it. I thought the dealer said when we did our PDI for our 2016 Roo 21SS that you can open both tanks, and when one empties, it will switch automatically to the full one and you can remove the empty and replace. Was I dreaming? Do you have to manually switch over when you run out of one?
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The safest way is to turn on only one tank and when the gauge turns red, you can manually switch it over to the full tank and then get the empty one filled. If you open both tanks, it will switch automatically and you will wake up one morning or late night with no propane and it does get cold in a camper. VOE
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Thanks for the fast reply. But can you tell that one tank has emptied and it has switched? If you only leave one tank open, isn't it just as likely to run out in the middle of the night, and then you have to get up and switch it in the dark? My thought is to keep each tank more or less full, so when it switches automatically (which I assume it will do from your reply) you always have that reserve and you can refill the empty in the morning..
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Thanks for the fast reply. But can you tell that one tank has emptied and it has switched? If you only leave one tank open, isn't it just as likely to run out in the middle of the night, and then you have to get up and switch it in the dark? My thought is to keep each tank more or less full, so when it switches automatically (which I assume it will do from your reply) you always have that reserve and you can refill the empty in the morning..
The indicator will show red when it switches. As for using one tank at a time, at least when it runs out in the middle of the night you will have more propane. If you use both tanks and it switches over and runs that one dry, you are SOL.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:24 AM   #5
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Here is the product info.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:26 AM   #6
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There is a pointer on the regulator. With both tanks full the tank the pointer is pointing to is the one it's running off of. When it turns red that tank is empty turn the pointer to the other tank. Window will turn green. Fill the empty tank. Repete.
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The safest way is to turn on only one tank and when the gauge turns red, you can manually switch it over to the full tank and then get the empty one filled. If you open both tanks, it will switch automatically and you will wake up one morning or late night with no propane and it does get cold in a camper. VOE

Yep emptied one tank in March woke up freezing then knew I had to switch tanks . This process I know I always have one full one and when the other empty gets filled we reverse this process, I never run out this way.


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There is a pointer on the regulator. With both tanks full the tank the pointer is pointing to is the one it's running off of. When it turns red that tank is empty turn the pointer to the other tank. Window will turn green. Fill the empty tank. Repete.
If you have covers on the tanks, you never know when it flips and on a 5er they are in separate compartments. It's just something to overlook too easily. Out of site, out of mind.
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If you have covers on the tanks, you never know when it flips and on a 5er they are in separate compartments. It's just something to overlook too easily. Out of site, out of mind.
While I mostly agree with your premise, lots of people make a cutout in the cover and rivet a piece of Plexiglas in to act as a viewing area for the gauge.


EDIT: http://www.doityourselfrv.com/rv-pro...ank-cover-mod/
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How accurate are the propane gauges you buy? I was thinking of getting one to attach to the tank every so often to determine how much fuel I have left. I know they also sell magnetic gauges but don't know how accurate they are either


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