Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-20-2019, 02:27 PM   #1
4 Rivet Member
 
Re-Pete's Avatar
 
1992 29' Excella
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 493
Best LPG Monitor System

I have two (2) 30lb. Aluminum tanks. Is there a good monitoring system I can use? Up to this point I just keep an eye on them, but I'd like something better that I can read from my truck or the AS cabin.
__________________

__________________
Pete
Virginia Beach, VA
1992 29' Excella Classic
TV 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab Diesel 4x4
Re-Pete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2019, 03:13 PM   #2
2 Rivet Member
 
egraham's Avatar

 
2016 28' International
Birmingham , Alabama
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 77
Propane tank gauge
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f543/propane-tank-gauge-195372.html
__________________

egraham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2019, 03:15 PM   #3
Rivet Master

 
2007 22' International CCD
Corona , California
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 6,772
Best LPG Monitor System

Yup. That works, as many have reported. The tank tire ring also positions the tank properly and help reduce rust or corrosion on the tank bottom ring. Readout can also be on your phone or a stand-alone display inside the trailer.

Some of my tanks also have built in mechanical gauges, but you have to open the cover to see them. DW wonít like me putting windows in the tank comer....
__________________
Rich, KE4GNK/AE, Overkill Engineering Dept.
'The Silver HamShack' ('07 International 22FB CCD 75th Anniversary)
Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch, Prodigy P2 controller.
2012 shortbed CrewMax 4x4 Toyota Tacoma TV with more antennae on it.
rmkrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2019, 04:53 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Hans627's Avatar

 
2009 25' FB International
2018 27' Globetrotter
Hanover , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 1,451
The OP has aluminum tanks which prevents the use of the magnetic sensors. I don't know of any units that will work with aluminum tanks.
Hans627 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2019, 04:55 PM   #5
Rivet Master

 
2007 22' International CCD
Corona , California
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 6,772
Best LPG Monitor System

The magnets just stick them to a steel tank. There is also a set of rubber pads in the kit to hold the sensor against the bottom of an aluminum or fiberglass tank as well.

The sensor uses sound pulses to detect propane level.
__________________
Rich, KE4GNK/AE, Overkill Engineering Dept.
'The Silver HamShack' ('07 International 22FB CCD 75th Anniversary)
Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch, Prodigy P2 controller.
2012 shortbed CrewMax 4x4 Toyota Tacoma TV with more antennae on it.
rmkrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2019, 05:11 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
Hans627's Avatar

 
2009 25' FB International
2018 27' Globetrotter
Hanover , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 1,451
Quote:
Originally Posted by rmkrum View Post
The magnets just stick them to a steel tank. There is also a set of rubber pads in the kit to hold the sensor against the bottom of an aluminum or fiberglass tank as well.

The sensor uses sound pulses to detect propane level.
Ah, I wasn't aware that provisions have been made to use the sensors with aluminum or fiberglass. Thanks for the info.
Hans627 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2019, 08:55 PM   #7
Rivet Master

 
2007 22' International CCD
Corona , California
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 6,772
As far as I know the tank type does not matter much. Check the manual and the manufacturer website to double check. My tanks are steel...
__________________
Rich, KE4GNK/AE, Overkill Engineering Dept.
'The Silver HamShack' ('07 International 22FB CCD 75th Anniversary)
Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch, Prodigy P2 controller.
2012 shortbed CrewMax 4x4 Toyota Tacoma TV with more antennae on it.
rmkrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2019, 09:00 PM   #8
4 Rivet Member
 
Re-Pete's Avatar
 
1992 29' Excella
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 493
Quote:
Originally Posted by rmkrum View Post
The magnets just stick them to a steel tank. There is also a set of rubber pads in the kit to hold the sensor against the bottom of an aluminum or fiberglass tank as well.

The sensor uses sound pulses to detect propane level.
That's really good to know. I was have not seen that information before. As you mentioned in your last post, I'll check the manual and the website. Thanks
__________________
Pete
Virginia Beach, VA
1992 29' Excella Classic
TV 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab Diesel 4x4
Re-Pete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2019, 09:03 PM   #9
4 Rivet Member
 
Re-Pete's Avatar
 
1992 29' Excella
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 493
My thanks to everyone who replied.
__________________
Pete
Virginia Beach, VA
1992 29' Excella Classic
TV 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab Diesel 4x4
Re-Pete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2019, 09:30 PM   #10
Rivet Master

 
2007 22' International CCD
Corona , California
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 6,772
Was just looking at website. Canít find a definitive answer on aluminum tank usage. Might be a good idea to call them. Theoretically they should work if the rubber covered sensor is in firm contact with a metal tank bottom.
__________________
Rich, KE4GNK/AE, Overkill Engineering Dept.
'The Silver HamShack' ('07 International 22FB CCD 75th Anniversary)
Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch, Prodigy P2 controller.
2012 shortbed CrewMax 4x4 Toyota Tacoma TV with more antennae on it.
rmkrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2019, 09:36 AM   #11
PSU1981
 
PSU1981's Avatar
 
2015 27' Flying Cloud
Spring , Texas
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 227
PSU1981
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 222
So I performed a little test last weekend to see how accurate the Mopeka system is using a scale to measure the weight of each tank.

Empty Steel 30 lb Tank = 24 lbs
Full Tank = 54 lbs

Tank 1 37.8 lbs = 46% Mopeka reading = 55%
Tank 2 40.2 lbs = 54% Mopeka reading = 48%

So accuracy was +/- 6 to 9 %
PSU1981 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2019, 09:39 AM   #12
PSU1981
 
PSU1981's Avatar
 
2015 27' Flying Cloud
Spring , Texas
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 227
I decided to go with an old system - open 1 at a time & when it’s empty - switch to other tank & fill the 1st - this way you always have at least 1 full tank...
PSU1981 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2019, 11:07 AM   #13
retired USA/USAF

 
2001 30' Excella
Somerset , New Jersey
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,347
I have aluminum 40# tanks. No sensor attachments so when I suspect I'm getting low I simply remove the cover and lift and shake them. Works for me and margin of error is pretty low.

Originally it came with 30# aluminum tanks each with a dial gauge and a lug to attach the wire.
__________________
Roger in NJ

" Democracy is the worst form of government. Except for all the rest"
Winston Churchill 1948

TAC - NJ 18

polarlyse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2019, 11:25 AM   #14
2 Rivet Member
 
2006 28' International CCD
Saint Paul , Minnesota
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 23
Pitch as in music. When propane tank is full, knock on it with your knuckle. It makes a sound, F# maybe (App tuner on iPhone, "Total Energy Tuner" for instance, will tell you). Tap when tank is empty, different pitch, E perhaps. Different tanks different pitches. You'll soon know yours. Perfect pitch helps (I don't have it) but the tuner app works perfectly. Most of us have two tanks. One empty, one full produces a minor third. Go from there. It works and with the app it's foolproof.
__________________

Mhphhoward is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LPG monitor hickory LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 3 08-08-2016 09:08 PM
LPG Sensor - Which to use with SeeLevel 2 System? trekerboy Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 5 01-02-2015 09:58 PM
Does the Micropulse Monitor Panel Monitor LP? KJRitchie LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 5 03-21-2013 02:20 PM
Tank monitor system on the fritz mhilley Fresh Water Systems 7 11-27-2011 08:57 AM
Upgrade to a new system monitor? GoNomad Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 7 10-27-2006 07:02 AM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.