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Old 09-07-2016, 07:01 PM   #11
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I only open one bottle at a time. If I run out, it's a minor inconvenience, but I can switch-over, and go get the empty bottle filled.... Folks that open both (as my dealer advised me to do), run the risk of running out. I'd HATE to get up in the morning, not be able to shower or cook breakfast, and have to make a propane run.....

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Old 09-07-2016, 07:20 PM   #12
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I have 2 30's and run my water heater, fridge, grill and stove and haven't even really put a dent in the first bottle. I will be running the furnace for the first time this Fall so I assume that will gobble up some gas. I have been keeping both tanks open but after reading this and several other threads I believe I will go to the one open one closed method.

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Old 09-07-2016, 07:30 PM   #13
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We go through one 30 pounder a year. Since we always have serviced sites, the water heater is on electric. But we do use the furnace a bit early and late in the season -- it puts out better heat than the electric heaters, and the usual use of the stove and Weber grill. The fridge is on auto all the time and switches over to gas while traveling. I've also modified a propane fire pit to run off the trailer supply, since DW has an allergy to smoke, and that uses some propane, too. The place I go to fill up propane charges a dollar a pound, and they weigh the cylinder before filling, so you only pay for what you get.
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:48 PM   #14
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We absolutely ran out of propane in the middle of a camping trip! We had to buy two bottles at once!

Now DH has a propane tracker and it said we used half a 20 pound tank over Labor Day Weekend - a four day trip!

But we now have the second bottle turned off so that we won't run out completely like that again!

I am wondering if there is a common amount for the water heater and stove? We may have used a lot with our gas only hot water heater problems. It will only heat one tank at a time, then it has to cool down, then we can heat another 6 gallons up....may be sucking the gas up to heat whole tanks of water? or maybe not such a big difference!

Lynn, can you elaborate about the water heater? Our first TT (a hybrid) had a gas only WH and we could run 2-3 folks thru with no problems. Upgraded the shower spray to an Oxygenics which improved the experience and I think reduced the water usage. We also had a single 30# tank and I filled it maybe once a season. For us the big consumer was the furnace, an elec space heater reduced that usage to a tiny bit, mostly in the mornings. We camped a few times in the high 20's, never brutal cold.

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Old 09-07-2016, 07:57 PM   #15
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Camping in northern alberta with no services for about 50 nights a year I used at four maybe 5 30 lb bottles. That's running my fridge, hot water, furnace almost every night, and the stove

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Old 09-07-2016, 09:38 PM   #16
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30-45 nights of camping this year. After 30 nights we've used up about 2 and a half 20 lb bottles, probably will reach 3 and a fraction before we're done. Next two outings we will likely use the furnace for the first time since early May, and that'll increase LP gas usage.

But as someone else mentioned, propane is cheap.


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Old 09-08-2016, 04:53 AM   #17
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I also carry a smaller 10 lb tank that I use for my Weber grill. It works on lp from the rig or thru a regulator the old fashioned way. If for some reason my 2 tanks ran low, I could press it into service short term.

We do all our refilling at propane suppliers or refill stations. I agree with comments posted, those tank swap stations are the most expensive way to go with propane.
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Old 09-08-2016, 05:51 AM   #18
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I've been using the same 2 30lb. tanks for a season and a half now. Don't really use it that much.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:00 AM   #19
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We're in the don't know-don't care camp.

With two 30# tanks and an auto-changeover valve, I keep watching for red in the window and flip over at that time. As soon as convenient, I refill the empty.

2 or 3 refills a year? Not sure because I refill my 20# tanks (home grill, wash station, SWMBO's home oven, weed burner....) at the same place.

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I swapped my 30's out for 20's as well. Both are open whenever the fridge is on so our food won't spoil if we lose power. It happened once in my driveway. Family member unplugged the RV to use some power tools.

Running one tank off means the furnace quits in the middle of the coldest night. LOL. There's an indicator so you know when the first tanks is empty.

Propane exchange is a convenient way to get a new(er) bottle if your 20 lb'er needs re-certified or is rusty. Some propane suppliers can re-certify tanks.

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