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Old 06-05-2014, 09:36 PM   #21
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you can take a tank off and fell if it has gas in it by shake t and can hear it in the tank if you fill two 30 pound tanks for the summer they should last
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:54 PM   #22
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That's the best way of doing it, that way you always have a full tank and don't run out in the middle of the night or on a weekend when you can't get them filled. Been doing it that way since our first trailer in 1975.

I still don't understand how this prevents you from running out in the middle of the night. In moderate cool weather (50 degree days, 40 degree nights), we'll go through a tank every other day or so. It varies somewhat, of course.

But anyway, if you're using a tank with only one open, how do you know when it'll run out? For instance, my in-laws were in our camper for a week and I only had 1 tank open- it ran out sometime after midnight and 8am. At 8am she sent him out to open the other tank up.

Sure they weren't out of propane entirely and had a full tank to switch to, but the one still ran out overnight.

Now, had they both been opened- it would have switched and regular glancing at the changeover would have alerted us without waking up cold one morning. (Assuming we remembered to check, of course.)

The remembering to check is where I think your way is better. If you're consistent, you will find one is out and fill the other leisurely. If you're not consistent, you run out of both and are more screwed if you run out.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:05 PM   #23
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I still don't understand how this prevents you from running out in the middle of the night...
Doesn't keep the single tank from running out but I'd much rather go out and switch over to a full tank than be completely out in both tanks which is what happens with both tanks on. Especially on a weekend when no refills are available. To each his own.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:07 PM   #24
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Doesn't keep the single tank from running out but I'd much rather go out and switch over to a full tank than be completely out in both tanks which is what happens with both tanks on. Especially on a weekend when no refills are available. To each his own.

Ok, so classic example of me reading more into something than there really is. I agree with you- running out with a full backup is hella better than running out entirely (that happened to me in Florida late one evening; I became the proud owner of a 7/11 20 lb. exchange tank for $50 or so).
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:12 PM   #25
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I believe I got them at Costco an number of years ago.
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Got 2 similar ones. You have to be cognizant that in the warmth of the afternoon, they will read full and if you check them early in the morning and not having used any propane and it's a lot colder, they will read a lot lower. Had that happen this year in FL. Had both tanks reading full when it was around 80 and went out the next morning when the temp was 35 and both read 1/2 full. Waited til around noon when it got to 70 and they both read full again. I don't put too much faith in them anymore, just a convenience.
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Got 2 similar ones. You have to be cognizant that in the warmth of the afternoon, they will read full and if you check them early in the morning and not having used any propane and it's a lot colder, they will read a lot lower. Had that happen this year in FL. Had both tanks reading full when it was around 80 and went out the next morning when the temp was 35 and both read 1/2 full. Waited til around noon when it got to 70 and they both read full again. I don't put too much faith in them anymore, just a convenience.
I agree, but good enough to find the one that needs attention. You can get the same false reading when running the generator and the tank starts to freeze up.
Do I still use them, no.
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I have those little magnetic strips on mine. haven't used much propane since I put em on so I don't how well they work. A buddy told me to use one of those Laser temp guns said to slowly go from the bottom up and when you see a temp change that will show how much you have left. I tried that but, again I haven't used much propane since I last filled em so I saw no temp change.
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I use a non contact infrared thermometer. You can get them for about $25 at Harbor Freight. I keep on in the TV. Pour a cup of hot tap water down the side of the tank. Use the thermometer and measure down the side. The tank will cool much faster where there is liquid. You will see a temp change at the top of the liquid. You can feel it with your hand too.
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In my short 5 years with a 5th wheel I check the change-over valve first thing in the morning. I grab a cup of coffee, go out with the dogs making a 360* check around the RV and check the change-over on the propane tank. When we had the motor home we had the one tank with a gauge on it, ran out one time and didn't like it.
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