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Posted: 10/08/18 06:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

just an FYI which may apply to some.

My home runs off propane and that company that I use does fill up propane cylinders for cheap. Way cheaper than any place I've found - Cheaper than tank exchanges, RV dealers, hardware stores, costco, etc.

If you're house runs off propane, ask them about filling your rv/grill cylinder.

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Posted: 10/08/18 08:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I replaced the cylinders with ones that have a built in gauge that works off a float. Just have to open the top of the cover to see how much is left.


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What I do is weigh the tank and I have one of those strips that you stick in the side to guess at fill level.

Always check the connections with soapy water and a brush for leaks if you smell gas.

With two tanks the chances of running out of gas are slim. When one tank runs out you switch tanks. Your next tank exchange is usually waiting where you buy gasoline.

I wait until I am home an refill at my local dealer.

Yes you do have to unbolt and exchange or refill your tank.

As mentioned, you will hear the word cylinder used, which I believe is the correct technical term. Locally tank and cylinder are used interchangeably, except for small 1 lb. Units.


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I camp mostly in the desert with no hookups and I open both tanks. Fortunately in Southern California the temperatures are mild. It takes me a season or more to go through a tank. And since I'm only camping for a few days at a time I always see the red indicator long before I ever run out.


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The OP never told us how old her trailer is. I will assume it is new enough to have an automatic switch over valve. If so, fill both cylinders and open them BOTH up slowly. Notice which direction the valve is turned. WATCH for the red to show up in the valve and when it does, switch the valve to the other direction, turn off the valve to the empty cylinder and remove it. Refill it and put it back on the trailer, hook up the hose and slowly open the valve.

Now, if you don't want to check for the red indicator you should turn only one tank on and wait for this to run out. As posted, this will happen usually in the dead of night, during a cold and often rainy night as it turns out. Get out of bed, get dressed, get a raincoat on and grab a flashlight and go out and switch the valve over to the full tank. Enjoy the black cold and rainy night while you are out there.

In my state I pay by the gallons I have used. I just traveled into the middle of the country and took an empty cylinder to be filled while is was in Wisconsin. The guy put it on a scale and weighed, told me it was empty and filled it. After weighing it he charged me for 7 gallons. After asking him, he told me they don't measure by the gallon but when I was watching him run the pump I noticed a second system that did measure by the gallon just like we have here at home. He told me that larger motor homes and some campers can't remove their cylinders so they measure the gallons in those situations. What? I asked him the obvious question and he told me doing it by the gallon cost the customer more in the long run. Never heard of such nonsense.


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I replaced the cylinders with ones that have a built in gauge that works off a float. Just have to open the top of the cover to see how much is left.

This works best for me also with the little round things that hold propane in the tongue of my trailer[emoticon]
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Posted: 10/09/18 01:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Try TankCheck bluetooth tank monitors.


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My brother-in-law has a 90's vintage class C. The tank is permanently mounted. He fills locally by the gallon.

When I travel for long periods of time, I carry an extra tank along with my extra can of gasoline.

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I put a gauge on each of our 2 tanks. They basically give you 3 readings - full, almost empty and empty. If I check them and see one is reading at the low end of green, I know it's gonna be empty pdq. Kinda works okay. They were on sale cheap in a store so no big loss of $$.

The factory installed the changeover valve facing to the rear and you couldn't see the indicator. I rotated it 180 degrees but the hose was a bit too short but solved that by moving the tank tray closer towards the rear of the trailer.


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Sorry I did not post the age of my trailer. It is a 2004 Fleetwood Pioneer. We pulled in to my friends house the other night where we are staying for a few days. I opened both cylinder valves and tried to light the oven pilot and nothing. I pulled the cover off the cylinders in front and found a lever so I moved it to the down position and in the dark with a flash light the best I could see was MAYBE a green ring came up in the plastic housing and then I was able to light the pilot. I have not checked it since we got here but will be doing that today. We will be getting the cylinders filled today and changing over the tongue jack and a few other little things on the trailer before we move on to AZ.

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