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Old 11-07-2016, 01:34 AM   #41
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I run one at a time but for some reason, one tank ALWAYS runs out in the middle of the night and I have to go out and switch it over at 3AM.
x2 middle of the night every time
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Old 11-07-2016, 06:13 AM   #42
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I run one at a time until it gets low. Then I open both and check it daily to see when it jumps over to the other tank. That way I never worry about going outside at 3AM, and I don't worry about running out.

I also bought a scale so that I can check how much is in the tank that I'm using. I REALLY do not want to get caught without propane.
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Old 11-07-2016, 11:16 AM   #43
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I feel your pain we had that happen a couple years ago, only the outside temp was below freezing. Our trailer has an automatic switchover between the two bottles, the big trick is to ALWAYS check your bottles BEFORE you leave on a trip. There is an indicator on the top of the switchover valve which indicates that the bottle selected has gas or is empty. I always loosen the hold down bar and manually lift the nonselected bottle to determine if it is full or empty. Another choice for you would be to carry a 5 gallon bottle of propane in your pickup for your outside cooking and as a spare for the trailer.
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Old 11-07-2016, 11:37 AM   #44
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I used to run two and have run out of gas twice. I'm thinking of putting a small piece of clear plastic on my opaque tank covers to monitor the auto change over.

I now only run one. It's a lot easier to have something to switch over to than having to find someplace to refill the tanks.

I have also gone to a 1500w heater. It keeps the TT a comfortable temp. I save on propane and use the CG's electricity. I would guess 60% of my propane is used for HW, 20% refrigerator and 20% for cooking.
Here's what I did to the cover on my Roo. You can't open the top with the front bunk folded out. (sorry for out of focus on a couple.)

I used a small piece of plexiglass from HD. Be careful when cutting and drilling it; it cracks easily.
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Old 11-08-2016, 07:52 AM   #45
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Went and got propane yesterday evening at the Uhaul. $24 for both bottles. After I hooked up the full bottles and turned on one of the valves, I could hear, smell, and feel a pretty good leak coming from where the hose connects to the regulator for not one, but BOTH bottles. Unfortunately, since it was pitch black already (thank you, fall time change), I'm going to have to look into that issue now this afternoon. :sigh:
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Old 11-08-2016, 09:23 AM   #46
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I, for one, always run both bottles open. I also have a auto switch over regulator with an empty tank indicator. I just check the indicator every few days. I never have to get up at 3am to switch over, and I've never run out unexpectedly. If you don't have an auto switch over, or an indicator, or can't see it because of a cover, FIX IT😉.
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Went and got propane yesterday evening at the Uhaul. $24 for both bottles. After I hooked up the full bottles and turned on one of the valves, I could hear, smell, and feel a pretty good leak coming from where the hose connects to the regulator for not one, but BOTH bottles. Unfortunately, since it was pitch black already (thank you, fall time change), I'm going to have to look into that issue now this afternoon. :sigh:
Oddly enough, I went out there to fix the leaks tonight and nada. Even did the soapy water test on all the connections. That's the first time I've ever had something fix itself when I wasn't looking

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Old 11-08-2016, 06:30 PM   #48
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Here's what I did to the cover on my Roo. You can't open the top with the front bunk folded out. (sorry for out of focus on a couple.)

I used a small piece of plexiglass from HD. Be careful when cutting and drilling it; it cracks easily.
If your bottle cover was turned around the top door cover wound not open and break off when the little hold done screws loosen up going down the road! Youroo! !
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Old 11-08-2016, 07:05 PM   #49
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Rockfordroo,

Thanks. That's exactly what I want to do. I have two 30's and the cover is difficult to remove.

Having a viewing port. Makes a whole lot of sense.
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Old 11-09-2016, 01:12 PM   #50
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We keep both opened but also have always had an auto switching regulator. The lever on the regulator is always pointing to the tank being used. Once that tank is empty the indicator shows red and it switches over automatically. As I regularly check the tanks, once it is red I switch the lever to point to the new tank and turn the empty tank off until I refill it.
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One tank open only. Have gauge on them and can pretty well determine when to switch over. Later RJD
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Old 11-13-2016, 11:53 AM   #52
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Old 11-13-2016, 12:29 PM   #53
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No matter how you do it, if you don't check them periodically, you'll wake up freezing.
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Old 11-13-2016, 01:11 PM   #54
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I have auto changeover on both trailers. On the sunset trail the 20 pounders have gauges, I bought the bottles from Sam's Club for a good price. I leave them both open.
On the Windjammer I have 30 pounders and haven't found bottles with gauges but I still leave them both open.

I live in my trailers for work and keep 2 extra full bottles chained to the trailer tongue with the safety chains and a lock for whichever trailer I'm in. If I'm just taking the wife camping for a few days I just make sure the bottles are full.

I have 2-30 pounders in the back of my truck right now that I need to get filled before I make the drive back north in a few hours.

I slacked off the other day and didn't replace the one empty tank on the Windjammer. Boss asked if I wanted to work over, said not if I wasn't needed, I was wore out. He said ok. Got to trailer and turned heat on, it ran for about 20 minutes and quit, out of gas. Luckily I got to change the tanks out in the daytime instead of the dark (which I would have had to do if I worked over).

If I change out the empty one when I should there's no problem.
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No matter how you do it, if you don't check them periodically, you'll wake up freezing.

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That's what my TPMS is for. Wish there was an inexpensive device to transmit tank volume or when the auto valve switches over. My tank covers are difficult to remove to check.

I'm going to cut a viewing window in the cover with a clear plastic window so I won't have to remove cover to check auto valve in the future.
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We have an auto switch over, but I still only turn one tank on at a time. Too lazy and with CRS, wouldn't remember to look.
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That's what my TPMS is for. Wish there was an inexpensive device to transmit tank volume or when the auto valve switches over. My tank covers are difficult to remove to check.

I'm going to cut a viewing window in the cover with a clear plastic window so I won't have to remove cover to check auto valve in the future.
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That is interesting. and I am a gadget freak. May order one for the house, but it wouldn't work for my 30 lb bottles nor apparently any bottles screwed down like on many RV's.
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That is interesting. and I am a gadget freak. May order one for the house, but it wouldn't work for my 30 lb bottles nor apparently any bottles screwed down like on many RV's.
My thoughts also. I have two 30's and have them screwed down tight.
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