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MarkTwain

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bob213 wrote:

But... If you have both tanks open you will need to periodically check because you will never know when you have switched over to your other tank. Without checking you could deplete both tanks before you realize it.


You will always know when a tank has emptied if you have a regulator gauge connected to both tanks which will then display a red color when a tank is empty.

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MarkTwain wrote:

You will always know when a tank has emptied if you have a regulator gauge connected to both tanks which will then display a red color when a tank is empty.

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I think the tank was empty, but it wasn't red. The assumed empty tank took 9.0 gallons (.2 short). The second tank took .3 gallons. It's first time I filled the tanks since it was new

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I'm with those that open only one valve because I want to know when the first tank is empty. If it runs out during the night it's no big deal.


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Winter camping I check tanks every other day. When I see red I fill the tank. Never ran out.


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If you want to have some idea of your levels, you can get a set of these. They work fairly well and you can check on your phone.
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I'm sold. Thanks delwhjr....it is not expensive at all and moniters 2 tanks. Hey camp or glamp....I like gadgets like this..I installed a level mate pro and Wow! takes so much work out of getting set up. This monitor will be a nice addition to the toy box! Back to the OP...even though I have had auto changers, I always left one tank closed. I want to know when one runs dry then manually switch it over.

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KKELLER14K wrote:

I'm sold. Thanks delwhjr....it is not expensive at all and moniters 2 tanks. Hey camp or glamp....I like gadgets like this..I installed a level mate pro and Wow! takes so much work out of getting set up. This monitor will be a nice addition to the toy box! Back to the OP...even though I have had auto changers, I always left one tank closed. I want to know when one runs dry then manually switch it over.


The tank regulator will automatically switch to the second full tank and will show red on your gauge to let you know 1 tank is empty. Then just slide the lever to the tank in use. Now you know you need to fill the empty tank. I usually check the tank gauge once a week just out of habit.

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Bird Freak wrote:

Winter camping I check tanks every other day. When I see red I fill the tank. Never ran out.
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Bird Freak wrote:

Winter camping I check tanks every other day. When I see red I fill the tank. Never ran out.

I do the same, and it only failed once. Two years ago, one of the pigtails from the tank to the regulator developed a leak, the one that was not in use. The leaking tank leaked down to empty so there was no propane to switch over to. I replaced both pigtails, and no further problem.


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JRscooby wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

We prefer to only open 1 tank. If you open both, it's easy to find yourself with no propane.

If you run with 1 tank open, you know when the 1st tank is empty, so you can refill it before the 2nd tank runs dry.

I'd much rather get up at 2am, spend 2 minutes opening a valve than wake up at 2am freezing and there is no propane left.


Another idea is to open 1 tank. Then with furnace running before you go to bed, slide your fingers down the side of tank. When you find the level, decide are you sure it will last all night? If in doubt, open other valve. Morning coffee check to see if switched. Yes, pull tank. No, shut off, and repeat at bedtime. (The gods of propane will never let it switch in daytime)

Over time, you will learn how long a tank will last


If you never forget to check, that works. Most mere humans will forget on the coldest camping night of the year.

By running on one tank and manually switching over, there is no worries about forgetting.


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