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Posted: 11/11/19 11:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Chuck .. wrote:

Don't want to have to unhook the tanks, pull them out and take them to be refilled if they a near full or run out in the middle of a trip.
Well, if you do that it's easy to tell if they're near full.. assuming you've ever lifted a full one.

Simply unhook the strap and rock them. That way it's easy to tell how much is left.

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Roger10378 wrote:

The other one that works quite well is the Mopeka. The only problem that I have had with it is that the battery life is only about a year(or less in cold weather). It uses sonar to check for the height of the liquid/gas interface. I ended up making a remote battery system for mine so that the battery can be changed without removing the propane bottle.


I had this on my system a year or so ago, tossed it out after a few months.... Couldn't get the meter to register the tanks, got new batteries, got new scanners, still nothing

Was too frustrated in messing with that stuff . . .


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Old-Biscuit wrote:

Only one is going to go empty at a time.
When Indicator goes from GREEN to RED.....swap indicator lever to other cylinder
Then remove the empty one and go get it refilled.

TWO 30# cylinders (14 gallons) will last a long time

FTng we went 6 weeks on ONE 30#

Pressure inside cyliders doesn't change a lot until almost empty
Overthinking the issue.


We've been using this method for 10 years now, works GREAT for us! One tank valve open, one closed. When tank "A" is empty switch to tank "B" and when it's convienent, get tank "A" refilled. Old Biscuit is spot on!! 30# tank will last a good long time unless you're running the "h" out of your furnace! [emoticon]

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I use one of these. A full 30 pound tank weighs 55 pounds. Approximately 25 pounds when empty. Whatever it weighs on the scale, tells me how much propane I have left.

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Chuck .. wrote:

... These are large/ heavy tanks, back inside a pull out tray on the side of the 5th wheel. ...


What size are these tanks?

I have always run only one tank at a time, even with the automatic cross over system. One tank valve is always closed tight. When the first tank run empty, I switch over to the second tank and close off the first tank. Then, absolute first chance I get, take the empty tank for a fill up and keep repeating. I've never run out of propane doing it this way .... except! This last week-end.

I don't know how I miss calculated, but both tanks were empty. Furnace went out and I've been scratching my head ever since wondering when the first tank ran out and switched over and then did not get the tank refilled immediately. Wife says it was last week-end and due to things going on, we couldn't take in it for an immediate refill. I switched over and another week past. I simply don't remember.

We use our camper every day, and we are going through about 1 thirty pound tank a week right now, running the furnace. During the Summer months, we went 6 months on 1 tank.

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I leave both mine on. Don't like running outside in the cold at 2am to flip a valve on.

The red will stay red every single day to continue the reminder to actually fill the cylinder.


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Bought one of those tape guage thinghys. Waste of money. Since then time & experience has taught me the old fashioned way. How long have we been using it, the knock on the side with the knuckles & a shake without taking it out. The DW uses the colour of the flame as a guide plus the fridge senses low propane.

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I have ones like Chuck indicated (Astor Propane Tank Pressure Barbeque Gauge).

While it's not exact, it gets me close enough to know the tank is "just about" empty so I can fill it before a trip instead of having to fill it two days into my trip when it's empty.


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I use the scale when checking tanks outside the trailer, I tried the Mopeaka and didn't have the best of luck with it. Not bad, but not very reliable. I use the one like the Dometic or Truma gauge, and it seems to be pretty consistent.


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Open one tank at a time. When tank 1 is empty run off tank 2 while filling tank 1. Key being not to forget filling the empty when you get home.


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