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Old 07-21-2013, 08:04 AM   #11
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I was really surprised how long my 20lb LP tank lasted on my recent trip.
Cooking, supplementing electric heater and I could go a good 4-5 days between refills.



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Old 07-21-2013, 08:57 AM   #12
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I guess I am just a bit fussy.... but I actually measure the weight of my propane tank(s) at the beginning of the trek, and again at the end to give me a good indication of my "typical" usage (boondocking, running the fridge during the trip up/back, cooking, water heater, stove, furnace). Amazing how long a 40 lb tank lasts!. The propane tank "gauge" (shown above in previous post) is ok in general, but keep in mind it is a "pressure" gauge, and as such does not tell you level in the tanks. Pressure in a propane tank is virtually constant during use, until the very end (when the gauge will start dropping). Better have your spare tank ready at this point... No grace period. Only real way to gauge the contents is either by magnetic gauge that senses the liquid/vapor level line, or by weight, which is a bit more involved, since you have to remove the tank from the bracket to accurately weigh it (I use a 50# digital fishing scale...glad to be able to at least be able to use it to weigh "something" on my fishing trips!!!).

(Oh, and where did you get that gauge for 9.99? Lowest price I found was 16.99, and that was for a very "cheap looking" version.)

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Old 07-21-2013, 08:33 PM   #13
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Purchased it here at Costco (in Canada)... I agree with you, the gauge for me is to tell me whether the tank is empty and spare is to be used... Not much more than that. Better for me than to unscrew the bolts to lift and weigh. The image isn't the actual picture of my gauge, just an image off the Internet to Resemble only.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:24 PM   #14
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Well we took our first trip in the pop up. First of all, the fridge worked great. It must have blown out the night I tested it out. Okay, now the dumb question. Where we went there are no hookups at all. I put the switch for the fridge to propane and fired it up. I then hooked up the fully charged battery but no lights would work. It looks like some of my manual is missing as well. Is there a switch to throw for battery power? Here are a few pics, if they come out. We went to Butano State Park near Pescadero, Ca. This place is smack dap in the middle of an old growth redwood grove, 5 miles in from the beach. Very nice spot. Oh yeah, I also had a bit of a problem. This place is tight, and when backing in it took several times going in and out. While doing this the rubber cover on my hub, bearing buddies, blew off and shot about 3 tablespoons of grease out. Thought I lost my bearings. I jacked it up, shook it and it felt good. Cleaned the cap off and put it back on. When I left I stopped in Pescadero at a shop and he shot a bit of grease in it and I drove 125 miles home. Have any of you had this happen? Bill

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Old 07-25-2013, 09:59 AM   #15
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on our older pop-up we had the same light problem and it turned out there is a "switch" that cuts off the power to the lights when the roof is lowered. the wire had become disconnected. reconnected the wire and no problem. the switch was in the rear on the left side about 1" up from the edge


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