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theoldwizard1

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Posted: 10/01/18 06:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone ever stopped using propane completely ?

I don't see a big benefit for the cost, unless you plan on boondocking for a week ! Most people camp in warm weather and if you are plugged in, there are always electric space heaters. Induction cook top, InstaPot, microwave or convection oven for cooking. Residential refrigerator (they work better in extreme conditions anyway). Water heater would have a longer recovery time.

Even if I did want to boondock for a night or two, I always carry an old Coleman stove so bacon and eggs in the AM is not a problem. Some disposable propane bottles and a Mr Heater Buddy Heater would be good to knock the chill out in the AM if I was concerned. More storage without a furnace and less weight too.

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Posted: 10/01/18 06:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Blasphemy..

You will end up getting banned around here suggesting that one might by chance be able to camp with out propane [emoticon]

We use very little propane, we do have a residential fridge conversion so no propane use there..

Water heater is used mainly for washing dishes so not much used there..

Do ALL of our cooking OUTSIDE (charcoal cooking tastes much better than stove or oven cooked food) and when the grill can't be used, it is electric skillet to the rescue so no propane used there..

Furnace, well, we are fair weather campers, absolutely no way do I care for making it a habit to camp in temps below 60 degrees.. Only have had to run the furnace every few years when the night temps drop into the 50s due to crazy spring nights so not much propane used there..

Have had the current trailer for 11 yrs and have only had to fill ONE 30 lb tank..

Has cost me a whole $18 in propane for 11 yrs of camping [emoticon]

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After a warm day it can get very chilly in the early morning where I mostly camp, so a furnace is necessary for me. Hardly ever plug in. An unvented heater killed a high school idol of mine so I don’t use or recommend them. Run the furnace for outside temps in the 50s? 50s are comfortable!


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I don't understand the point of your post. Where you looking for my permission? You got it, do whatever you want.





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Posted: 10/01/18 06:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Down here where it can be 110 -115 degrees in the summer I travel with propane on for the fridge.
And of course cooking inside on the stove or the oven is a must have for the wife.


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I camp where it’s cooler.
Like 40 at night and 75 during the day. Have also been 25 degrees and 60.
In my case I can still camp when it’s 110 degrees.

This all without plugging in, ie. boondocking 1 or 9 days. I have 360 watts of solar and an inverter but would NEVER give up propane. How am I gonna go anywhere without my propane fridge in 110 degrees?
Plus in my case my propane generator works great as backup or air conditioners power.
My heated underbelly is propane heater powered good to -30....so yeah. PROPANE ALL THE WAY FOR ME.

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I'm trying to go propane free. The used Class B we bought this Summer is all electric with a compressor frig. Wasn't going to buy it because it was all electric then decided we only do one off grid camping trip that is more than a day without power or driving, a year. So we bought a small butane/propane stove for when we need it and will use an ice chest for our once a year 4 day off grid stay. Will know in a couple of weeks if the plan worked or not. I do plan to add a second battery to get a little more off grid frig use. Maybe solar in the future.

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I inspected a Travel Supreme motor home last year that had no propane. All electric appliances and Hydro Hot diesel fired heat. 12.5 kW generator, 8 - 6 volt GC2 batteries and 2 - 2000 watt inverters.

Plus camping with an old 2 burner Coleman stone and a Mr Buddy heater isn't exactly camping without propane.


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I dry camp or boondock about 50% of the time. No fancey campground. No electricity, No internet. Only Mother Nature handwork and my propane.


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We never used propane when tent camping. Always cooked over the fire and froze our cabooses off when sleeping. Sure, you CAN do the same in a trailer, if you REALLY want to.


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