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Old 11-29-2015, 10:45 PM   #1
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Propane question

I have the dual propane tanks. If one runs out, is it a bad thing? I know that you can switch the regulator over to the other tank. I've just been really worried about running out in a tank. Didn't know what it would do to the heater?
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Old 11-29-2015, 11:13 PM   #2
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Shouldn't affect the heater if you have set the regulator to switch to the second tank.
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Old 11-29-2015, 11:18 PM   #3
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How do you do that? I turn the dial to the tank in use. The other tank is closed. When I refill tanks, I switch the dial to the other tank and open it. I'm new so its possible I don't know the best way to do things.
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I did a search on Google, found a video to help me set mine. Sorry I didn't write it down ! Has to do with which side has the green dot and red dot and what the center dot reads. And both tanks have to be set open.Now you are probably really confused !
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Old 11-30-2015, 12:36 AM   #5
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They neglect to tell you that once the auto switch over occurs all you need to do is now turn the selector switch to the fuller tank. Turn the empty tank valve off, remove the tank and refill it. Replace it and turn the gas back on slowly. Once the other tank is used, just repeat the process.
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Old 11-30-2015, 12:59 AM   #6
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Even though you can let the propane switch automatically, I prefer to leave one tank open and one tank closed. When one is empty then open the full one. That way I KNOW that I just emptied a tank and time to get it refilled. I've been there when I didn't know the first tank was empty and run the second out at 3 am with no back up propane. Who remembers to check the tanks to see if they switched over.

When a tank goes empty the furnace, water heater, and fridge may need to recycle to purge fresh propane into them but it should be OK.
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"Who remembers to check the tanks to see if they switched over." I do. It's part of the camping process for me. I check every couple of days and even more often when the furnace is in use. It just isn't that big a deal. Turn both tanks on, slowly, and have at it. When the tank you're using runs out it automatically switches over to the other tank. When you check you will see the indicator in the middle of the valve is red. It means that tank is empty. Turn the switch to the tank now in use, shut off the empty tank, remove, fill, replace and turn on slowly. When the furnace is in use and you run out of propane in the middle of the night and it's cold you will be thankful you are using both tanks instead of waiting for one to run out and then turning the full one on. It also means you might have to relight the fridge stove and furnace after purging the air out of the lines. I certainly find it much easier to use the tanks the way they were meant to be used.
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Old 11-30-2015, 07:11 AM   #8
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Getting up at 3 AM when it's frosty outside to then have to get dressed and
GO outside in that frosty air to open a 2nd tank valve sux!

I have a white plastic tank cover but I hole sawed a window in it right
in front of the regulator and screwed a piece of lexan over it. Now I can
see the green/red tell tale on the regulator with just a glance. I check it
at least every time I hitch or unhitch. It's part of my daily walk around
check also.

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To answer your question . . . no, its not a bad thing to run out in one tank. I prefer to run out in one tank then switch over and refill the empty. That way you never run compleyely out. Using auto switch feature, when you run out, you are completely out!
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To answer your question . . . no, its not a bad thing to run out in one tank. I prefer to run out in one tank then switch over and refill the empty. That way you never run compleyely out. Using auto switch feature, when you run out, you are completely out!
At 3AM and the second tank runs out. BRRRRRRR!!!!!
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Propane question

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I keep them both open all the time and just keep an eye on the empty/full indicator. I ran all this camping season on the same tank. Last trip before winterizing I got the red indication meaning one of my tanks were empty. Turned the indicator knob to the full tank and got green then turned the supply valve off to the empty tank and removed it and loaded it up and had it filled. Now I start next camping season with both tanks full.

On our previous RV I used the method of waiting until one tank was empty before manually switching over.

The key is that if you are using the auto switch over with both tank valves open that you have to keep an eye on the indicator so you will know when the tank is empty. I checked it every time we took it out.

That one tank lasted me all season running the fridge and occasional furnace use in the spring and fall. We also used a small electric heater to minimize furnace use.

I have a mental checklist of things that I have to do when I hook up and before I leave a campsite. The gas indicator is one of those things that I check pretty much every trip.

Use either method but just know that if you plan on manually switching it over that you can ALWAYS count on running out in the middle of the night. It is kind of like batteries on smoke detectors. They almost always start beeping in the middle of the night to let you know to change them out. It is called Murphy's Law..........

Use the method that works best for you and that you are most comfortable with.

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if working with electric hookups then consider getting a small electric heater, saves on the price of the gas
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At 3AM and the second tank runs out. BRRRRRRR!!!!!
Yeah. You are right. It is cold in pjs and slippers at 3AM in the snow. Did that north of Little Rock after the Christmas day snow blizzard a couple years ago. Then i filled the empty tank before leaving the campground. Not fun!
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Even though you can let the propane switch automatically, I prefer to leave one tank open and one tank closed. When one is empty then open the full one. That way I KNOW that I just emptied a tank and time to get it refilled. I've been there when I didn't know the first tank was empty and run the second out at 3 am with no back up propane. Who remembers to check the tanks to see if they switched over.

When a tank goes empty the furnace, water heater, and fridge may need to recycle to purge fresh propane into them but it should be OK.
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Ok, so I've connected both tanks. I've opened both tanks. I have the selector opened toward my right tank. It has been running a few days. Everything is green.

Is it only drawing propane from the tank the selector is pointed to?

I do look every morning, but am afraid to run totally out.

Is the tank the selector is not pointing to remain full until the other is empty?
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Yes it only draws from the tank it's pointing to, until that tank runs out. It will then draw from the other tank. Now with the indicator pointing to the empty tank, it will show red, indicating that the tank is empty. Rotate the indicator to the full tank. Now it will show green. Turn off the empty tank, remove, fill, replace, hook it up, turn on slowly and voila you're set to go. Mine actually show an orangish green when getting close to being empty. At least that's what these senior eyeballs are seeing. If you're using the furnace in cooler weather then you will use the propane up faster therefore it's a good thing to check your tanks more often, At least once a day if you don't already do that. That's what those transfer valves were made for. So you don't run out of propane in the middle of the night and then get the look from the better half, get dressed, go outside, shiver and shake, curse and/or mumble to yourself, turn on the other tank, then possibly have to bleed the gas lines in order for the furnace to light up again. Then you climb back into bed, find that the covers are over to the side of the bed you don't sleep on, mumble to yourself again, get dressed, climb back into bed with your clothes on, mumble some more whilst berating yourself and then wait for morning to come and steel yourself for the blast of hot air that will be coming your way.....it's so easy...if you just check your tanks while walking past them.
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Ok, so I've connected both tanks. I've opened both tanks. I have the selector opened toward my right tank. It has been running a few days. Everything is green.

Is it only drawing propane from the tank the selector is pointed to?
Until the indicator turns red, yes.

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I do look every morning, but am afraid to run totally out.
If both tanks are full to begin with, I sincerely doubt you will run out during a camping trip, unless the furnace is running a bunch. In the 7 years that I have had my camper, I have only got a propane fill 12 times. Those puppies last a long time.

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Is the tank the selector is not pointing to remain full until the other is empty?
Yes, if the tank was full to start with. When red indicator shows, it is then pulling from the other tank. Switch the valve, close the valve of the empty tank, get it filled, reinstall, open the valve, and the process starts all over again.
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Yes it only draws from the tank it's pointing to, until that tank runs out. It will then draw from the other tank. Now with the indicator pointing to the empty tank, it will show red, indicating that the tank is empty. Rotate the indicator to the full tank. Now it will show green. Turn off the empty tank, remove, fill, replace, hook it up, turn on slowly and voila you're set to go. Mine actually show an orangish green when getting close to being empty. At least that's what these senior eyeballs are seeing. If you're using the furnace in cooler weather then you will use the propane up faster therefore it's a good thing to check your tanks more often, At least once a day if you don't already do that. That's what those transfer valves were made for. So you don't run out of propane in the middle of the night and then get the look from the better half, get dressed, go outside, shiver and shake, curse and/or mumble to yourself, turn on the other tank, then possibly have to bleed the gas lines in order for the furnace to light up again. Then you climb back into bed, find that the covers are over to the side of the bed you don't sleep on, mumble to yourself again, get dressed, climb back into bed with your clothes on, mumble some more whilst berating yourself and then wait for morning to come and steel yourself for the blast of hot air that will be coming your way.....it's so easy...if you just check your tanks while walking past them.
I'm sure this is all hypothetical. This could never have actually happened to you!
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rockfordroo, nope never happened to me as I have been doing this camping thing for about 38 years or so. I have always checked my propane tanks so what I described wouldn't happened. I'm married to a Canadian, French women, with a bit of native people in her, who is also left handed so I shouldn't have to say anything else.....and hope to h*ll she never reads this. . At my age now, I like to be warm while sleeping and in the 5er.
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