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Old 03-08-2012, 07:08 AM   #1
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life of a full propane tank?

getting ready to take out our 165BH in a couple of weeks. fired up the water heater yesterday to make sure all is well before heading out. roughly how long will a full tank last running the water heater and the occasional stove usage (1 or 2 times a day) can i expect? right now i have 1 tank but the mount is set up to accept 2 (just need to get a dual regulator). is it really necessary to run the water heater at night, seems to warm up pretty quick once fired up, just hate waisting the propane when its not needed while everyone is sleeping. THX!!
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:41 AM   #2
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I would think a 30lb tank would last quite awhile just running the water heater and stove. If your water heater is electric you can switch to that if you have hookups. If boondocking you will also be running the frig on propane. And yes, you can turn off the water heater at night and back on in the morning. Not sure how much propane that will actually save though.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:50 AM   #3
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When drycamping I can go over a week running, water heater, stove, grills and refrig. without running one out. I do not turn it off as you do not save all that much since it will run longer upon intial startup than just maintaining temp.
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We fill our tanks at the end of the camping season. I can get a season from both tanks. We use the electric for hot water. LP for the fridge when moving only. So basically we use the LP mainly for the stove and furnace on cold nights.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:54 PM   #5
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We use the propane for stove and fridge while driving. Only turn on the HW when really needing fast hot water.

I use electric heater when in parks so the single, of two, 30# bottles has lasted for the past two years and I may fill it sometime this year.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:14 PM   #6
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Boondocking I get 2+ weeks on 1 30 lb propane tank... running furnace, water heater, stove and oven,,, mind you that is one person in the RV more people = less time
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When running the water heater on gas I shut it off at night. The heater is close to the bedroom and it bothers us when it cycles off and on. There is always warm water in the tank in the morning.
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When running the water heater on gas I shut it off at night. The heater is close to the bedroom and it bothers us when it cycles off and on. There is always warm water in the tank in the morning.
I turn mine on 15 min before I need it and then off again after I am done... for minor things like hand washing it stays warm all day...
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10 gal. per week is a reasonable rule of thumb if you do some conserving and your cooking is not all propane.
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I am still using the first tank from when I picked it up 9 months ago. Have spent over 2 months in it.
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