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Old 11-06-2016, 02:06 PM   #21
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Have been camping in dual propane campers since 1975 and have never had both tanks on at the same time. Use one, turn the other one and then go fill the empty one... Never run out.
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Old 11-06-2016, 02:12 PM   #22
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We rarely camp with hookups but we have always carried an electric ceramic heater.
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Old 11-06-2016, 02:58 PM   #23
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Gspot01,,,,when you run out of heat in January when it's 26 degrees outside and 53 inside the rv at 3 A.M......you'll know which way you will want to do it from then on out. I used to do it that way, and I don't leave both open anymore. It's less of an inconveniece to just run out and reverse the valves at 3 A.M.,,,,,than to shiver until the propane dealer is open the next morning.
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Old 11-06-2016, 03:13 PM   #24
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You don't unless you check your auto switch over indicator on occasion. If I'm in an environment where I know I'm going to be using high volumes of propane I check often. If just normal fridge or occasional hot water I check less. It does require some amount of vigilance but so do most things with an RV..

For me, it's both on and be vigilant abount checking the auto switch over valve indicator..
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Old 11-06-2016, 03:16 PM   #25
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Both Tanks?

Well, here's how I do it, but it is not for everyone.
I do one tank at a time, but since we mostly boondock, we definitely wait until both are empty before running to town.
Here's how: We also carry a 5 gallon tank for the barbecue. No, we don't use a rv mounted barbecue, since we prefer a larger one, (it's a take-down model, but heavier than the Coleman every one has). So, when one runs out, I switch to the other, and whomever in camp (we have a 4 RV hunting camp) is running to town next can take it. If the second runs out, then I hook up the 5er and plan on a trip to town the next day. We've never run completely empty of propane since that 5er gives us plenty of cushion.
Since we spend an entire month in Elk Camp, we run to town about once a week, and on the day we fill propane, we do laundry, eat at a fancy restaurant in town, shop a bit, visit the surplus store and fill propane, diesel, and gas cans. That's like a 4 hour trip including a shower at the campground.
As to heating water, we almost never burn propane for that. I have a generator that I start about half an hour before a shower, which not only charges batteries, but heats the water by switching the water heater to 120. After both of us shower, I shut down the gen set, and quiet descends in camp once again. Next day I fill the fresh water and drain the grey water.
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Old 11-06-2016, 03:55 PM   #26
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Since 1984 run both tanks. There usually is an indicator on the regulator to let you know when it switches over to the other tank. When one tank empties I get it filled as soon as I can practically. We have never ran both tanks out at the same time and never had to go out in the middle of the night and switch one over.

We always run our water heater on gas and normally have to fill the tanks no more than once a year.

This year we have only camped 25 nights so far with a 8 nights left to camp at the end of the month due to family illness.

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Old 11-06-2016, 04:00 PM   #27
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I had TT's for 16 years and have always left both tanks on and have never run out of gas. Fridge and water heater don't use much if not on electric, only the furnace is a gas hog. I have always been very anal about checking to see if the regulator has switched over so never have had a problem. I also use the same set up with 2 30# tanks at home for the past 10 years when I got tired of paying the propane company twice as much to fill my old 100# tank.
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Old 11-06-2016, 04:25 PM   #28
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You don't unless you check your auto switch over indicator on occasion. If I'm in an environment where I know I'm going to be using high volumes of propane I check often. If just normal fridge or occasional hot water I check less. It does require some amount of vigilance but so do most things with an RV..

For me, it's both on and be vigilant abount checking the auto switch over valve indicator..
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Checking it is just part of my Daily Inspection checklist.
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Old 11-06-2016, 05:05 PM   #29
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Well this would seem to explain why I'm a little lost about what y'all are talking about: I don't appear to have one of those auto-switching regulators. There's no indicator of any sort that I can see.

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Oh, and the thread title should have been "or singularly," not "it." Stupid autocorrect.
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Old 11-06-2016, 05:09 PM   #30
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I won't EVER keep both tanks on, not only is it too easy to forget about the valve to see what tank you are on, but I like a full tank just in case. A loose/cracked line leaking can drain both tanks also, unless it is a major leak, then the tank valve would close, I always tend to think about the worse case ceanario!
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Old 11-06-2016, 05:38 PM   #31
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....I don't appear to have one of those auto-switching regulators. There's no indicator of any sort that I can see.

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I, too, have a Salem Cruise Lite with no auto-switching regulator. My auto-switching regulator is "myself".

I only run 1 tank at a time until dry, and then manually switch over, regardless of time of day. This is by far the best method for me, and also knowing I have a back-up spare.......Priceless!

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Old 11-06-2016, 05:56 PM   #32
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I, too, have a Salem Cruise Lite with no auto-switching regulator. My auto-switching regulator is "myself".

I only run 1 tank at a time until dry, and then manually switch over, regardless of time of day. This is by far the best method for me, and also knowing I have a back-up spare.......Priceless!

Whatever works for each other, is best for them. You'll find your best LP niche.
I do agree that if I didnt have a autoswitching regulator then yes I would run one at a time. And x100 on you will find your best LP niche, thats great advice!!!
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Old 11-06-2016, 06:59 PM   #33
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There is a rule, propane always goes empty at 0 dark thirty. I always leave one tank off so I can be a hero and get everything going again.Beats going to town in the middle of the night in your PJs
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Old 11-06-2016, 07:14 PM   #34
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One jug at a time.

I keep a hard eye on this, if a bottle is low it gets filled during daylight hours so there is no "midnight run"..

Must be the Boy Scout in me......
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One at a time, so I don't ha've to go through what you went through. Lol!
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Old 11-06-2016, 08:15 PM   #36
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I keep them both on, I have auto change over and I keep the tanks checked so when the regulator changes from green to red I know it's time to fill up one tank. I check the oil in truck, I check the air in my tires and I check the propane tanks, only takes a minute. I also have a 20 lb tank for my grill that I can use for emergencies.


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Old 11-06-2016, 08:55 PM   #37
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Both open for me. Have never run out of propane. Just check the indicator now and then. Summer, once a month, if it in the 30's outside then once week.


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One at a time and pull the empty one out for refill when I switch over to the second bottle. Never out that way.
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Propane pain!

I also use one at a time. I do keep an eye on the level after I have been using one of them a while by putting some warm water on the tank in use and feeling where the temperature difference is. As it gets nearer to the bottom, I switch tanks and get the nearly empty refilled. I have never run out. My dad did run out with our old catalytic heater when I was young camping in northern Michigan one late fall......froze our tails off. I vowed never again!
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Old 11-06-2016, 10:03 PM   #40
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I use several methods. I have a clip that I put on the tank in use so I always know which tank is on line. On most cold nights, I make sure both tanks are open and the changeover valve is operating properly. I always check for the red and green indicators and, so far, they have always been correct. Normally there is enough gas in a tank to last a season for us, but, during the November/December cold while we were remodeling the house and living in the trailer, I was changing bottles anywhere from once a week to once every 3 days. They always switched over and were always empty when it switched. We also had a small space heater for backup. We also found a hardware store (U-DO-IT) nearby that filled the bottles at a very reasonable price - about $4.00 less than the propane dealer and much cheaper than the campgrounds. You may have a hardware store near you that can do the same. I always get my own bottles filled and do not trade them for another bottle. Another trick you can use to tell how much propane you have left is to pour a cup of hot water down the side of the bottle slowly. After doing that feel the bottle and the level of the propane will be colder than the part of the bottle that had no propane. Not exact, but, good enough to tell you you will be needing more propane soon - or not. After you do it a while, you can pretty much gauge how much time you have left on the bottle. There are also plastic gauges you can stick on the bottle, but, I haven't had much luck with those at all.
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