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Old 03-27-2012, 10:00 AM   #1
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Duel LP Tanks

Just looking for advice or ideas on any devices out there to monitor the levels on my duel LP tanks. The panel in the camper doesn't have this option. Just looking to take the guessing game out of the equation.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:05 AM   #2
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Not being sarcastic, but are they cylinders or tanks (i.e. portable or permanent)?

If they're cylinders (portable) you can buy them with levle gauges built in. You won't get a remote reading but you'll know how much is in them by looking at the gauge.

If they're permanent and they don't already have level senders installed you can have them installed and you can have a remote readout from it. If your indicator panel has the function it can be added to it.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:12 AM   #3
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They are portable. They just have the standard bracket to hold them down. Will the level gauges fit with the cover that's on the tanks?
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Just looking for advice or ideas on any devices out there to monitor the levels on my duel LP tanks. The panel in the camper doesn't have this option. Just looking to take the guessing game out of the equation.
I often wished for a way to monitor the levels in my 30 pound bottles. Retrofitting my 30 pounders with gauges is out of the question.

Additionally, they don't work all that well as I have one on the 20 pounder I use for the BBQ. My experience has been that by the time the internal pressure drops "into the yellow" you won't have enough time to finish the steaks (JK).

I found that the automatic switching regulator coupled with a daily peek behind the door is the secret to effective cylinder management. As soon as I see the regulator switch to the "reserve" tank (red pops up), I switch over; pull the empty bottle; and get it serviced. You have to look to see the gauge in any case.

The only time I got caught with 2 empty bottles was when the heat quit because I left on the camping trip with a partial (almost empty) bottle and the full one selected as Primary. I had some trouble getting the gas to flow before we left and while switching back and forth to ensure solid gas flow from both bottles, lost track of which one I should be feeding from. My mistake caused us to be pretty cold that night.

If I had a motorhome with a permanent 50 or 100 pound tank; I thought they came with a propane level monitor...
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:44 PM   #5
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The pressure type level indicators ain't worth using as a trotline weight!

The portable cylinders with the built in level gauges actually use floats magnetically coupled to a gauge. They're pretty accurate.

There are also systems out there that weigh the tanks but they're not very accurate either.
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I've found that with the auto change-over valve that comes with the dual tank set-up, when it changes from one tank to the other I just get the empty tank filled, that way I never run out and never have to worry about the level of one tank of the other.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:48 PM   #7
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Very true Indy, I forgot about the change over valve. So when the center dot changes to red that means that it has switched right? Then you just turn the switch to the other side.
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Very true Indy, I forgot about the change over valve. So when the center dot changes to red that means that it has switched right? Then you just turn the switch to the other side.
Yup.
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I use to use the auto changeover regulator indicator, but when the TM got eaten by a 2000 Camry the indicator went with the hulk. The new Puma has the changeover regulator, but no indicator. I leave one bottle off so at least I know when one is dry.

That has not caused me any problems with refer (it seems the refer will still run, not well, but run on low gas long enough for us to use the stove which reveals low gas), but I have had to get up at 2 AM on freezing nights to open the other bottle.
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The new Puma has the changeover regulator, but no indicator. I leave one bottle off so at least I know when one is dry.
Do you know who made your regulator? I can try to find the manual for you online. I find it hard to believe an auto-changeover regulator has no indicator for when it switches to the reserve tank. It may be different than the one that shipped with your previous camper, but it should have one.

This is the manual for the "Marshal" type.
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