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Old 08-12-2015, 11:55 AM   #11
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I'm with everyone else.


Keep using until the primary tank has no liquid left and the secondary kicks in. Move the changeover valve. Get the empty refilled as soon as practical.


My old trailer with one 20# tank several standing pilots was good for 3-4 days of boondocking. The new trailer with no standing pilots is still running on the first 30# tank after 3 months and 5 days of boondocking.


The best answer is YMMV!
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:58 PM   #12
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We camp all summer (weekends with a couple extended weekends) and use about 1 bottle of gas thru the summer. We rarely use the heater. Just the oven, and outdoor quick connect for a campchef.
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And... Propane doesn't go bad like gasoline does, you don't have to worry about it holding over till next year
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And... Propane doesn't go bad like gasoline does, you don't have to worry about it holding over till next year
Speaking of that. Raise you hands if you ever had to run to your TT and grab one of the tanks when your backyard gas grill went out in the middle of a couple of steaks.
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Speaking of that. Raise you hands if you ever had to run to your TT and grab one of the tanks when your backyard gas grill went out in the middle of a couple of steaks.
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Over the years I've accumulated 8-9 20# tanks (all but one currently full - or in use), part of my hurricane preparedness.

In the 5vr I almost always carry both a baby Weber grill and a portable fireplace - with a separate 20# tank for each. If my main tanks do quit I'll still be set.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:22 PM   #17
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Speaking of that. Raise you hands if you ever had to run to your TT and grab one of the tanks when your backyard gas grill went out in the middle of a couple of steaks.
Nope. I keep 2 spare full tanks on hand.

Both are 10 steps from the bbq.
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Speaking of that. Raise you hands if you ever had to run to your TT and grab one of the tanks when your backyard gas grill went out in the middle of a couple of steaks.
I've been tempted!

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Nope. I keep 2 spare full tanks on hand.

Both are 10 steps from the bbq.
But this is my preferred solution.

That reminds me, I need to fill my "backup". I also use said "backup" for my portable fireplace when the weather permits its usage. To me, there's nothing worse than a hot campfire on a hot night after a long HOT day in July or August! A cool night in November? Nothing better!
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How many can remember back before there were exchange bottles and filling stations weren't open on Sat. nights and Sundays. There were times that I almost felt that propane bottles were designed to go empty on the weekends. I now have 7-20# and 1-11# bottles and all are kept full or in use at all times.
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How many can remember back before there were exchange bottles and filling stations weren't open on Sat. nights and Sundays. There were times that I almost felt that propane bottles were designed to go empty on the weekends. I now have 7-20# and 1-11# bottles and all are kept full or in use at all times.


The exchange programs aren't really a great value from what I understand, but you sure can't beat the convenience!! You just have to find someone to drive down to wherever the exchange is who hasn't already had a few before the grilling started and you discovered you were out of fuel!! LOL!
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