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Old 03-06-2015, 09:22 AM   #31
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X2 After a while you will know about how long you can go between fill ups. You don't have to wait until a tank is completely empty, you can fill it at any point, you only pay for the amount of fuel you actually put in the tank. Much like your car gas tank. A full tank should last weeks even using it in cool weather, the furnace being the largest user of fuel. It' not difficult to look at the green or red button once in a while.
Not true at least where I travel. If you exchange you pay for a replacement tank regardless of anything left in your old tank. If you fill the old tank, they charge you for a fixed amount for a 20 or 30 lb bottle.

Like I said before, no need to run out at nite. Switch to your back up tank at bed time and then back to the primary the next am so you can use up the rest of that tank for cooking and running the water heater. The red green indicators are not reliable and have a tendency to change due to temp and show red when the tank is not empty.
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Old 03-06-2015, 09:30 AM   #32
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Not true at least where I travel. If you exchange you pay for a replacement tank regardless of anything left in your old tank. If you fill the old tank, they charge you for a fixed amount for a 20 or 30 lb bottle.
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Partly true where I live:
If you exchange you pay for a replacement tank full of propane regardless of anything left in your old tank.

Here, they fill your tank and measure the liquid propane they add and charge you only for what they add... just like your car.
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I don't want to drive this topic further into the ground, but there is a simple way to know how much gas you have in the tank...On the collar of the tank is a number marked TW which stands for tare weight which is the empty weight of the tank. If you weigh the tank on bathroom scales and subtract the TW, then you divide that number by 4.25 lbs which is the weight of one gal of propane that gives you the gallons you have left.
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Old 03-06-2015, 06:27 PM   #34
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BTW, There are no stupid questions as they say!
Yea... people that say that are wrong. This is a legitimate question, but I have heard a LOT of stupid questions...
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Yea... people that say that are wrong. This is a legitimate question, but I have heard a LOT of stupid questions...

In my day people asked questions to learn something. Are you saying that now days, they ask questions to demonstrate how much they don't know?
One purpose here IMO is to educate and communicate with each other.
If we don't want to do that, then why bother?
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norty1, I NEVER said this was a stupid question. This was a valid question and it has been answered. I was just replying, somewhat tongue in cheek, that there are stupid questions.


I'm sorry if you feel that I was attacking you or the OP, that wasn't my intention. I have heard LOTS of stupid questions over the years. For example, when I was dating my wife I would often go out with her and get a pizza. We would bring it back to her parents house and her mother would ask, "What did you get good...?". Is a pizza box misleading or often confused with anything else??? To top that off, after my wife told her it was a pizza she would ask where we got it. Most pizza places around us have their name written on the box.


That is 2 STUPID questions within 15 seconds. Questions like that are not meant to educate.


My father used to say, "A wise man speaks because he has something to say. A fool speaks because he has to say something." I find that to be a very spot on statement.


Again, my response was meant to be humorous. I apologize if it was taken the wrong way.
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well spoon I can see what your saying but to some people a question that might not seem to make sense to you does to them. I think this forum has been pretty good about trying to answer all folks questions and concerns and if it is something they are concerned enough about to ask I will always be glad to try to help them answer it if it is within my realm of knowledge and experience... it is interesting to me that people have so many different experiences to bring to the table here provoking thought and ideas that I might not have thought of
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norty1, I NEVER said this was a stupid question. This was a valid question and it has been answered. I was just replying, somewhat tongue in cheek, that there are stupid questions.


I'm sorry if you feel that I was attacking you or the OP, that wasn't my intention. I have heard LOTS of stupid questions over the years. For example, when I was dating my wife I would often go out with her and get a pizza. We would bring it back to her parents house and her mother would ask, "What did you get good...?". Is a pizza box misleading or often confused with anything else??? To top that off, after my wife told her it was a pizza she would ask where we got it. Most pizza places around us have their name written on the box.


That is 2 STUPID questions within 15 seconds. Questions like that are not meant to educate.


My father used to say, "A wise man speaks because he has something to say. A fool speaks because he has to say something." I find that to be a very spot on statement.


Again, my response was meant to be humorous. I apologize if it was taken the wrong way.
Well I will be the big boy and say I took your response the wrong way. Tongue in cheek humor is good. I have a lot of knowledge about rving and like to share it or I would not be here. On any forum like this and I am a regular on a couple, there are always people who have typical newbie questions. We can't run them away. I was one at one time and remember people I did not know leading me thru my first "crisis" with a brake controller.

Now, I can't help you with your mother in law, how was that for humor?
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well spoon I can see what your saying but to some people a question that might not seem to make sense to you does to them.
Wow... I regret making my initial statement. It was meant to be a joke. The OP's question that started this thread was a very valid question. I didn't mean to insult him or his question. There are many different variations to propane tanks in regards to switchover.

I was reading the thread because it was a very good question and relevant to me as I switch from a 17 year old Nash rv to a new Jayco that likely has a different propane crossover system than I am used to using.

I made my comment just to be funny... there are plenty of stupid questions. This was NOT a stupid question. Can we let this dead horse have its funeral now?
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Well I will be the big boy and say I took your response the wrong way. Tongue in cheek humor is good.
I appreciate it. Obviously the way I wrote it didn't make sense to more than just you. It was meant to be funny...

When I get my new Jayco in a couple weeks, you can anticipate more questions from me.
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