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Old 10-25-2013, 04:28 PM   #15

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Originally Posted by crabbey1 View Post
Man that heater has a great look to it. It would look great in the 76 Argosy...
They have been around since the mid '80's. Still available, still work great!!


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Old 10-25-2013, 08:07 PM   #16
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:17 PM   #17
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There are also heaters that double as fans on warmer days that are portable.
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:21 PM   #18
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I have 2ea 30# tanks and have considered my propane usage in detail.
I use one every 3 months.
I soap test my fittings regularly like every 6 months (mine is a stationary situation so no vibration). I have found that if I leave the trailer for 2 to 3 days and try to light the water heater, furnace or cook top that the gas lines are empty so it takes some "purging" of the lines. This means that even though my tank valves are off (I never leave the valves open if I'm away) that there is leakage, it is so slow that the soap test can't see it. That is one way of saving gas.
Next. I never run the furnace over night. When I go to sleep after I heat the trailer up I turn off the tank valves. I use a ceramic heater (if it's really cold) or I bundle up in a good duvet or sleeping bag. I always leave the ceiling vent cracked to allow vaporization of my humid breath to escape the trailer.
I only heat water if I need it. Typically I fire it up at about 1800 until it turns off, Take a shower and there is plenty of hot water for dishes for dinner and "warm water" in the morning for what ever.
A trailer is not, nor should it be, considered a house...though I some times use it as one.
Just keep the tank valves closed, use the gas care fully and you can save a lot of money.
PS Robert Cross's ceramic heater ROCKS!! I got one and it "runs on air"....I also keep a close eye on my electric consumption.
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:36 PM   #19
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If we left our water heater on constantly and used the furnace that much we'd be out of propane in a few days.

We turn the water heater on for an hour or so in the morning and a similar amount in the evening. That doesn't use much propane and we can go for several weeks ( maybe longer) in this mode during the summer. If we use the furnace propane use goes up dramatically.

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Old 10-25-2013, 10:25 PM   #20
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Prior to going to bed I kind of warm up the trailer then turn in way down. Once comfortable in bed not that much heat is needed. If plugged in at a camp ground then I use a small electric heater I bought at WallyMart.
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Old 10-26-2013, 05:32 AM   #21
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I had the same question last March when I had filled my tanks then soon after one tank ran out. I learned on the forum to bypass the auto setting on the regulator but after a few nights heating, cooking, heating up water, the tank was empty. Come to find out, there was a leak at a fitting. Since I left the tank valves closed when not in use I was surprised at the loss. I bought some of that leak spray and was amazed at the leakage rate. Check for leaks too.
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:33 PM   #22
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These are some great tip everyone. I really appreciate the advice. I like the idea of turning on the water heater only once a day or so. Sounds like a good plan. Plus I have an Electric ignition inside the trailer which makes this super easy. Thanks for that. We did order t2 space heaters so I hope that those help out as well. We just had family spend the weekend in the trailer in the driveway and they used only a small space heater. They said it kept them toasty. Finally, I have checked for leaks thoroughly but I never checked the tanks. Maybe they have leaks... I will do so asap. Thanks again.
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:59 PM   #23
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Be aware that those space heaters draw about 10 amps on the low setting. But they will keep your girlfriend warm.
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:32 PM   #24
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FYI, a 20 pound LP tank is about 5 gallons, a 30 pound is about 7, and a 40 pounder is about 9 gallons.
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:11 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by crabbey1 View Post
So About 2 months ago I filled our 2 - 7 gallon tanks and installed them giving us 15 gallons on LP gas to use. Since then we have been on 2 camping trips, both of which were 2 nights each. On both trips we used the furnace set to about 70-75 at night and did not need it on during the day. Let's say for about 10 hours per day or so. The temp ay night was mid 40's - low 50's. We also had the Water Heater on 24/7 for both trips but did not use much hot water. We also cooked a bit with the stove top and oven.

Aside from that, I have been using the furnace these past 5 days because I have been working on the trailer at night and the temp is in the low 50's...

Anyway, I am now out of LP gas. Does this seem like a normal scenario to you guys who have used LP gas a lot? Am I expecting too much from the tanks? Do I just need to be more conservative with my usage? Or is there a leak somewhere in my system that I am unaware of? (Believe me, I have been checking)
Just got back from 3 weeks camping Mts. Of New Mexico. Ran water heat on electric. Cooked with gas stove 2-3 times. Ran heat maybe 14 nights, but set at 67 with outside temp average 50 and seemed like furnace ran a lot. Less than one tank used--Still on the same tank we started with.
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:07 PM   #26
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You didn't mention your refrigerator. Did you run it on propane or electricity? That does seem like a lot of propane to go through in only two trips. We can do multiple weekend trips (using the fridge, furnace and water heater) and not run out of propane that fast. Like your girlfriend, I prefer it toasty.

Definitely check for leaks as well as make sure they really gave you FULL tanks.

PS Also, make sure your thermostat is really OFF when you're not using it - the switch on our sticks and the furnace sometimes runs when we aren't in there. (Rather dangerous)
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:23 PM   #27
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We have tracked our usage over the last month of outings ... 5 nights / 10 days with the temp set to 69 degrees at night (but we have had some very cold nights down below freezing around here)... one 7 gal tank used! Limited water heater use - only before doing dishes two times; refrigerator on during that interval.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:16 PM   #28
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I fixed my leak yesterday. It was leaking at the coupling hose right off the regulator- bubbling like crazy. I tightened it as tight as it would go and it still was leaking. Then I took off all that old gas thread tape that they say to use as a thread sealer. My father saw that stuff and said to me, "don't ever use that junk again, I have something much better." He got his thread sealer glue and it worked beautifully. He uses it for his work on generators and tanks, etc. So, the consumption in my case was leakage plus use.

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