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Old 08-24-2016, 07:19 AM   #11
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The best way to manage your propane is to have an automatic changeover regulator. When one tank is empty it automatically switches to the full tank.

Check the indicator at the end of each camping trip. Refill the empty bottle when needed. Never run out of propane.

Never have to get up in the middle of the night to switch bottles.

I have read where some people who have the automatic changeover regulator but only the valve of the tank they are using is on. The other one is off. This defeats the purpose of the changeover. You need to leave BOTH valves open.
I believe mine is a manual switch, left, right or both. My dealer recommended that I leave it on just 1 tank until it runs empty so I'm never surprised if/when both run dry at 2am. I see the logic there.. just need a gauge or something on both tanks so I can keep a better eye on the levels. It's nice to 'inventory' everything once a day or so.
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Old 08-24-2016, 07:43 AM   #12
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I believe mine is a manual switch, left, right or both. My dealer recommended that I leave it on just 1 tank until it runs empty so I'm never surprised if/when both run dry at 2am. I see the logic there.. just need a gauge or something on both tanks so I can keep a better eye on the levels. It's nice to 'inventory' everything once a day or so.
Replacing the regulator is not expensive. It eliminates the need (and the aggravation) to monitor the levels closely. Those gauges you see attached inline only show you the tank is almost empty. It is really a pressure gauge and does not reflect how much is actually in the tank.
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As for the water tanks, I did a writeup with pictures on how my tanks are plumbed here:

http://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...tly-29665.html

As for the propane tanks, the auto-changeover is the only way to go. Just don't get surprised with an empty tank like I did. I don't know how long the "primary" tank has been empty, but I just noticed it last time we had the trailer home. I dismounted the tanks (so I could take the empty one to be filled) and checked the level of the second tank, and it was pretty full, so it couldn't have been too long. But just keep an eye on that indicator so you know when your "primary" tank is empty.

Also, keep an eye on your propane pigtails. I've had to replace both of mine. One was actively leaking (replaced under warranty), and the other was either leaking or close. I didn't bother checking the second one for leaks, It didn't pass a visual inspection, so I just replaced it with an upgraded part (of course).
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