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Old 04-12-2016, 04:05 PM   #1
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2008 Jayco Pop up 1007 propane question

We generally go on 2-3 day at most camping trips. Would one propane tank be enough for a 2-3 day trip or should I look at going with two?

My previous pop up did not have a fridge or water heater, just used the one propane tank for cooking and the heater when needed. So I was curious is 1 tank would still be enough for my 2008 Jayco 1007 being I now have a WH and fridge.

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Old 04-12-2016, 04:18 PM   #2
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Well now we never used our WH at all, so one tank would usually last us 2 seasons. Actually had 2 tanks, one for the BBQ exclusively and the other one for stove, heater, and fridge. Fridge uses very little. Heater can really suck a tank down quickly.


The only thing we use hot water for camping is coffee and washing dishes. Just seemed easier to use the camp kettle a couple of times a day for those than keeping several gallons of water always heated up.


I bypassed the HWT at the first winterizing and just never put it back in the loop.
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Old 04-12-2016, 05:59 PM   #3
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Thanks bankr63. I am considering bypassing the WH heater and seems pretty easy to do so. I did not know the fridge barely uses any propane so thats good to know. We camp in Idaho so it gets cold at night. Taking the new Jayco out for its Mayden voyage this weekend and can drop to the low 30's at night so there is a good chance we will be running the heater at night. I only have one tank installed on the A frame now so I will just bring another tank just to be safe and will have it installed when I return-better safe than sorry I guess. Thanks!
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:14 PM   #4
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Any chance you can run a couple of camping days in your back yard to get your answers.. We do that all the time here in our back yard up against the woods line...

Sure beats running into unfamiliar territory when camping way back in the woods somewhere without a PLAN B or close by LOWES or WALMART haha...

I would also have a PLAN B MR BUDDY Heater (WALMART) that runs off the 1lb propane canisters...


My OFF-ROAD camper has two 20lbs propane tanks on the trailer tongue... When one goes dry it gives me alot of time to get one re-filled...



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Yes, if you plan to run the heater, having a second tank on hand is always worthwhile. We had a double carrier, but I kept the single regulator setup. The second tank was generally for the BBQ, but could easily swap for the trailer tank if one was out.


Bypass for the WH is built in. Pop the cover to the water heater cabinet (under the rear curbside dinette seat). Set the two valves at the WH to run water through the bypass hose. Make sure that you drain the tank, at least before the next frost sets in; the drain plug is behind the panel curbside.


A bit of family education to let people know that both taps are cold water, but the actual cold tap is filtered water (assumes you have the filter installed and not bypassed), and the hot tap provides raw unfiltered water.
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