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Old 06-16-2015, 06:11 AM   #21
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Ya, that's what I read. I wonder if Mike837go tried to refill without turning the 20 pound tank upside down? Did you freeze the one pound take first?
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Old 06-16-2015, 06:50 AM   #22
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I use the refill adapter fittings to refill the 1 lb tanks, never had a problem with them. They don't refill to full, but are within a ounce or so of being full.
Weigh an empty and a 'refilled' one. Then weigh a new one.

You'll find that all you've got in the refilled one is just an ounce.
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:12 AM   #23
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Hey Mike,
I don’t dispute what you say just curious why the reviews on Amazon for that product is so high.
Is it possible something may be wrong with the one you have?
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Because the adapter does, in fact, repressurize the disposable can. A lantern will burn all evening (maybe 2) on a refilled can. You can cook an entire meal with one also.


But 14-16oz of liquid propane is close to 100 hours of lantern time.


The thing works in the way a child's wagon can be used to move firewood: Only a little bit each time. If that's good enough, then fine for you.


I won't waste my time with short fills. Or those disposable bottles at all.


My preference is to plumb into the bulk tank(s) that are already part of the RV. The cost is 1/10 and when the bulk tank runs out, swap it with the spare and refill when I get home.
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I think I will do just that. In my camper my hot water tank is in the rear as well as my shower. I think I'll tee off the line that feeds my camper's hot water tank. It should be easy to do as I have access to it under my bottom bunk bed.
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I think I will do just that. In my camper my hot water tank is in the rear as well as my shower. I think I'll tee off the line that feeds my camper's hot water tank. It should be easy to do as I have access to it under my bottom bunk bed.
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Sorry, that won't work the way you plan...

The line to the camper's water heater is low pressure (11"WC, about .4 of a PSI). Your portable water heater has it's own regulator and connects directly to a propane tank (about 150 PSI @ 68F).

While connecting low pressure propane to a high pressure appliance isn't dangerous, the appliance simply won't function.

To run your portable water heater off the RV's bulk tank, you have to T into the (very short) line between the tank and regulator. An example: Camco RV 90-Degree Brass Propane Tee with 12' Hose - Walmart.com

But there are plenty of others. Make sure you use a factory built high pressure hose!
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Oh, man, you just saved me work. Thanks!
Now I'm not sure if I'll run a new line the length of my camper. I may just deal with buying those one pound cans when they go on sale and not have to worry about any safety issues.
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To run a high-pressure line the length of your trailer, you'd have to cut a hole that a 1-inch fitting will slide through. Then buy enough hoses to cover the distance from the bulk tank to the appliance via the new hole. Seal the gap between the hose and the rest of the wall. Then you are still dealing with high-pressure propane indoors.


Good choice. Keep it safe. For the few times you'll shower in there, the disposable bottle or 3 won't ruin the camping budget.
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Oh, man, you just saved me work. Thanks!
Now I'm not sure if I'll run a new line the length of my camper. I may just deal with buying those one pound cans when they go on sale and not have to worry about any safety issues.
Just a thought about the low pressure line: Can the regulator be removed from the water heater? This is done frequently with table-top grills that are shipped to run on the little cans. The regulator is removed so it can run from the low pressure QC hose often found near the rear bumper of TTs. If you could remove the regulator from the water heater, you could still tee off the existing low pressure line that runs to the on-board water heater?

Just a thought...
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Can you imagine how bad my wife would chew me out if I burnt down the camper? Trust me it would not be pretty.
Mike hit the nail on the head; we're just not going to take that many showers to break the bank.
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