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Old 09-07-2016, 04:54 PM   #1
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Question How much Propane do you use a season?

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!

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Old 09-07-2016, 06:13 PM   #2
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I avg. 2- 20 lb bottles and we hardly go thru 2 a year and we camp over 100 days on average Year round.

My rig came with 2-30lb bottles and I removed them for the 20's. Never ran out yet but I check mine often to see if it has switched and I refill the empty at the earliest chance I get. With the 20's, I have several at home so they are easy to rotate.
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:23 PM   #3
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I use a lot of propane, but my wife like the heat on and the hot water on. I don't really worry that much about it. Propane is cheap.
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:28 PM   #4
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We probably do 50 nights a year, and consume a little less than 20 pounds. I only turn on one tank at a time.

I also never use tank exchanges, as they do not fill the tank as full, and they cost more than a place that fills you tank.
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:36 PM   #5
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Yup, its cheap, but 'tis no fun running out before that morning cup of java! Having to find a propane dealer also not fun! This is NOT happening again when I only go out 4-6 times a year (20 to 24 days) and all on holiday weekends! Priceless was that I did not run out on the Holiday and was able to refill them!

We had a popup, only used propane for heat and stove, rarely heat as it sucked the battery dry in no time! Used one bottle of gas per season, less than that actually, we would refill the next opening season.

So, new to us, is the hot water heater, and we are each showering quickly, and I am doing my dishes two to three times a day, and using the stove for breakfast and dinner (cooking the sides; DH barbecues the meat).

Am trying to figure out if I need to get back up bottle so that I don't run out again!

I don't think I need to take it on the trip, but would like to start with two full ones maybe?
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:43 PM   #6
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I avg. 2- 20 lb bottles and we hardly go thru 2 a year and we camp over 100 days on average Year round.
It might depend on what is running but we boondock about 50 percent of the time so the fridge is running on propane then. We use the furnace quite a bit too. We have not camped when it is above 60 at night. Our furnace is only propane.
So far 70 nights and we used 1.5 20 lb tanks.
We take two tanks with us but frankly we don't minge on hot water. We like coffee too. If I were you I would check for a leak somewhere in the line.

Not sure where you are but hardware stores in our area do direct fill ups ( not a tank exchange)

We don't mind having two bottles as we know we always have one to cook lobsters over the propane burner.
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:46 PM   #7
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We only ran out of our 1st 30 lb propane tank after almost 2 full seasons. We have only used furnace one weekend for a bit But we use the stove , I use propane for initial cooling of fridge when we set up , we use it for water heater, and we use the oven and our grille so to me it sounds like going through 2 20 lb bottles that quick seems weird
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With the fridge, hot water and stove we use about 40 pounds for our camping season. DW likes to bake muffins in the oven, however most of our cooking is done on the charcoal bbq. When it starts getting cold the furnace is the thing that will drain your tanks. Pile on the blankets and snuggle up. Have to agree with Jagiven. Try to avoid tank exchanges as they are so much overpriced.
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:53 PM   #9
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I have no idea, I usually get it topped off before a big trip. I've only had the trailer 9 months but I've gone through more than a full tank. That said, I spent a week in Wyoming in the middle of winter using the furnace and gas water heater...
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:57 PM   #10
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I didn't realize your were talking about propane exchanges. That's not real common around here as propane is used in many residential settings here as well. But certainly buy your bottles and don't do the exchange thing unless you have to. I use an auto switchover regulator on out system such that when one bottle runs out it switches to the next bottle. Most of our trips are weekends so 2-3 day trips tops. If I look inside on the regulator and it has turned red that means bottle 1 is empty and it is feeding off bottle two. At that point I'll either take the bottle out and get it filled next trip to town, or I'll hit the propane dealer on the way out of town and top both bottles off. I don't really keep track of my useage but I'd say I fill every 3 or 4 trips. That will become more often as we roll into winter. I also have a box in the bed of my truck that I keep a 7 gallon bottle in along with some two burner infrared heaters. That is just something I keep with me all the time should we ever become stranded on the passes in the winter at night at least we can keep warm. That bottle is for emergencies and is always kept full. I have only had to pull it out of the truck once to get heat going in the RV. But certainly if you have the room it never hurts to have spare propane.
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