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Old 05-19-2015, 09:47 AM   #1
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We are planning on going camping this weekend for the first time with our new X 17 Z. Is it okay to have the propane tanks turned on while towing the camper? Or should that be all closed while driving? Also, the weather in Colorado has been unusual cold and rainy. Will two propane tanks be enough for two nights of camping in order to have the heat on at a decent temperature?
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I, and I believe the majority of others, keep the propane on and the fridge running while driving. A few will say it is not a good idea. Some will turn off the fridge if filling at a gas station. Two propane tanks will be enough for the weekend. I usually only go through one a season...about 4 weeks of camping. The issue you may run into is power. Will you have electric hookup or are you dry camping? If dry camping, I would suggest two batteries. The furnace really sucks juice to run the fan. If you have electric hookup, you may want to bring a small electric heater. That way you can use the electricity you are paying for to heat your trailer and not your propane. Have fun!
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I, and I believe the majority of others, keep the propane on and the fridge running while driving. A few will say it is not a good idea. Some will turn off the fridge if filling at a gas station. Two propane tanks will be enough for the weekend. I usually only go through one a season...about 4 weeks of camping. The issue you may run into is power. Will you have electric hookup or are you dry camping? If dry camping, I would suggest two batteries. The furnace really sucks juice to run the fan. If you have electric hookup, you may want to bring a small electric heater. That way you can use the electricity you are paying for to heat your trailer and not your propane. Have fun!
X2. We always leave our tanks on as does everyone I know. 2 tanks will last a while unless it's extremely cold. Like they said above, if you are boondocking though, one battery may not be enough, especially a SRM 24. Congrats and have fun! Post some pics later.

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I, and I believe the majority of others, keep the propane on and the fridge running while driving. A few will say it is not a good idea. Some will turn off the fridge if filling at a gas station. Two propane tanks will be enough for the weekend. I usually only go through one a season...about 4 weeks of camping. The issue you may run into is power. Will you have electric hookup or are you dry camping? If dry camping, I would suggest two batteries. The furnace really sucks juice to run the fan. If you have electric hookup, you may want to bring a small electric heater. That way you can use the electricity you are paying for to heat your trailer and not your propane. Have fun!
+1 to all of this. But down here in TX, we don't worry too much about the heat draining out the propane.

I used up ONE of the two 30 lb cylinders that came full with the trailer in over a year. But then we're never without electricity, so I use a small space heater to supplement the on-board furnace.
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Thanks for the replies.

We won't have hookups, so i think i will get a 2nd battery. Can i get those at any NAPA or autozone or are they specific ones i need to get at a camping place?

Also, regarding the propane, i was told that the fridge takes a while to get cold. Thats why i was thinking of leaving the propane on.

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We have two batteries and an 18 watt solar charger, which keeps the batteries above 12 v. for several days at a time. The solar works even when it's overcast, though we do keep moving it to face the most light. (When we are dry camping, which is most of the time, we don't use anything electrical except the lights.)
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Thanks for the replies.

We won't have hookups, so i think i will get a 2nd battery. Can i get those at any NAPA or autozone or are they specific ones i need to get at a camping place?

Also, regarding the propane, i was told that the fridge takes a while to get cold. Thats why i was thinking of leaving the propane on.

thanks
Get a deep cycle battery.. NOT one that has a CCA rating.. those are starting batteries and not good for boondocking.

Once you have your fridge cold it will hold temp for about 6 hours if you don't open the door.. I don't care if you drive with your propane on but PLEASE remember to shut it off before you pull up to the gas pumps.. you do not want the pilot light to come on with all those fuel vapors around.. great way to blow up your camper and ruin your trip.
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Thanks for the replies.

We won't have hookups, so i think i will get a 2nd battery. Can i get those at any NAPA or autozone or are they specific ones i need to get at a camping place?

Also, regarding the propane, i was told that the fridge takes a while to get cold. Thats why i was thinking of leaving the propane on.

thanks
If you plan on camping in places without hookups on a regular basis, I would consider biting the bullet and buying a small generator. You could try this one from Costco http://www.costco.com/Smarter-Tools-...100121916.html It has the same engine as the Yamaha and would save you $300-400 from buying a Honda or Yamaha. I have a Yamaha generator and wouldn't be without it.
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We are planning on going camping this weekend for the first time with our new X 17 Z. Is it okay to have the propane tanks turned on while towing the camper? Or should that be all closed while driving? Also, the weather in Colorado has been unusual cold and rainy. Will two propane tanks be enough for two nights of camping in order to have the heat on at a decent temperature?
For your first time out and dry camping, you need to be careful about power consumption. The furnace blower will take a huge toll on the battery.

Be prepared to conserve power during the day time.

Adding a second battery is a good idea, but not a casual thing to do. Batteries need to match in size and type. Do some internet research or JOF article search.

Where in Colorado are you going?

Ps: congrats and welcome from Aurora Colorado
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Thanks for the replies.

We won't have hookups, so i think i will get a 2nd battery. Can i get those at any NAPA or autozone or are they specific ones i need to get at a camping place?

Also, regarding the propane, i was told that the fridge takes a while to get cold. Thats why i was thinking of leaving the propane on.

thanks
The trick is to have it cold before you leave.
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