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Old 08-11-2015, 10:38 PM   #1
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How long does propane last?

I know the answer to this question varies a ton... So maybe share how it applies to your usage?

Since I'm new to RV ownership, I have no clue how long a tank lasts (2007 23b has 2 tanks).

For the rest of the summer season I really only anticipate using propane for the fridge on the drive up, maybe to boost hot water heater for showers, and for cooking. We don't own a grill get so we'll be using the stove top and oven.

I have some dishes I'd like to make in the oven/on the stove but it could result in an hour of oven/stove time each dinner.


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Old 08-11-2015, 10:53 PM   #2
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Our old hybrid had two 30-pound tanks, and using the stove, grill, furnace and water heater, we went through one tank per summer, about 15-16 camping nights. It only had the propane water heater, and we mostly relied on electric heaters for cooler nights.

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Old 08-12-2015, 12:10 AM   #3
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How long does propane last?

Until it runs out.

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Old 08-12-2015, 07:10 AM   #4
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Depends on your own usage. If you have 2 tanks, it's not a problem. I would not deprive your family of your cooking because of that. LOL
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Old 08-12-2015, 07:58 AM   #5
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We have 2-30 lb tanks and I didn't have to fill one the tanks the first season at all (maybe 16 nights of camping) and that is with me using one bottle for several hours for my propane smoker.
I doubt you would go thru a tank given your anticipated needs but just check the weight of them now and they and you will be fine.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:14 AM   #6
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A 30 lb tank will last a long time in the summer. The big users are the furnace and the oven. Since you won't be using the furnace, you will easily last the rest of summer on one tank.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:19 AM   #7
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I think the more important question is why don't you own a grill.. That's almost sacrilegious...... Camping without grilling... I.... I..... I..... I'm speechless....

Seriously though.. as you surmised it really does depend on your usage... For us.. 2 30lb tanks will take us through a full year of camping.. 6 - 12 weekend outings... We live in North Texas so we don't get a lot of super cold camping weekends...
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:53 AM   #8
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Our primary 30 lb tank that was full when we purchased the trailer got refilled after almost a year and a half; just the one tank of two that were included. Probably 16-20 nights of camping? That's just keeping the fridge on propane for traveling, boosting the recovery with propane on the HWH, some cooking (one set of biscuits in the oven), and very light furnace use supplemented by electric space heaters. One weekend was pretty cold and the furnace ran quite a bit. As was mentioned, the furnace will use it up, so in the summer time, or when we don't need the furnace, we really don't use a lot of propane.

So under those conditions, I would expect the propane to last a LONG time. It did for us.

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We have 2 20# tanks. In an average season of 20 nights of camping we use about 1 1/2 tanks. Most of the propane use is for heat. In WI, even in July we've had nights cold enough to run the heat. Not to mention we start camping in May and the last trip is the second weekend of Oct. May and October get really cold at night. And with a hybrid your heat will far more often than a hard side trailer. You are far enough north where you will see similar temps.

Some seasons we use less propane, some more. This year it's looking like we'll barely use a full tank. It hasn't been all that cold. We'll see what Oct. brings us.

We also are using less now than our old trailer because our X20E has an electric/gas water heater and we always run it on electric.
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You can buy propane measures and gauges and stick-on guides or manually test the level ... here are some Google hints! Also, go for the biggest tank size you can and have two; you can purchase both tank locks and covers too.

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