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Old 10-28-2013, 12:22 AM   #29
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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)
If I used that amount of propane I would check for leaks first, then find ways to be conservative.

I use only one 30# tank about every 25 to 30 days while living in the 25' trailer full time, during winter traveling in Florida. Day time highs around 65 to 75f. Nights low mostly 40 to 50f, with a few early mornings in the upper 30's

During this time we usually close all windows after it gets dark and the temps start to fall. We cook an average one meal per day on the cook top, fridge on electric, water heater on propane for bathing and dishes in the morning and evening a couple hours per day, heat with propane with thermostat on 68 all the time. Maybe 3 or 4 nights during this time it drops down into the upper 30's. When these lows are predicted I will run an electric space heater on low setting in addition to the furnace thermostat set on 68. Doing this the furnace will not cycle on until early morning. Normally, we do not like to use the electric heat space heaters.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:09 AM   #30
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To combat cold nights, I employ the aluminum covered bubble wrap material used for sun shades. I got the big rig, class A size on sale for $10/ea and cut them down to fit our windows. Each big sheet fit multiple smaller windows.

On sub-freezing nights they go up behind the curtains and the temp loss is cut substantially. I also cut pieces to fit the ceiling fans with small Velcro tabs to hold them in place. They store under the mattress during the day and stay home in the warmer months.

My wife likes it much warmer than I and she swears they cut the draft. All I know is our our propane tanks last much longer.

FYI, an electric blanket and small heater (where ever she is) are used when hooked to utilities.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:30 AM   #31
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To combat cold nights, I employ the aluminum covered bubble wrap material used for sun shades. I got the big rig, class A size on sale for $10/ea and cut them down to fit our windows. Each big sheet fit multiple smaller windows.

On sub-freezing nights they go up behind the curtains and the temp loss is cut substantially. I also cut pieces to fit the ceiling fans with small Velcro tabs to hold them in place. They store under the mattress during the day and stay home in the warmer months.

My wife likes it much warmer than I and she swears they cut the draft. All I know is our our propane tanks last much longer.

FYI, an electric blanket and small heater (where ever she is) are used when hooked to utilities.
Please SeeMore, tell me you take that stuff off the windows quickly in the morning. Here in TX we laugh at the 5th wheeled and plastic sided trailers all closed up with tin foil on their few little windows trying to keep cool, when what they really need is more AC and many less slide outs. "On sub-freezing nights" tells me you are not in a crowded camp ground, so probably nobody sees if you don't.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:17 AM   #32
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We were just camping at a rally (without electricity) where it was getting to lows of around 33 the first two nights, then 44 or so the third night. Daytimes were clear and sunny with highs in the 50s. There was also some wind at night. We kept the thermostat between 68 and 72. The fridge was running on propane, and we ran the water heater in the mornings for showers, but not much other times, and we used the stove to heat water for tea two or three times a day. We all but emptied one 30-lb cylinder of propane, which was slightly less than what I expected (during cold weather camping, I expect to go through a 30 lb cylinder of propane every 2 to 3 days, depending on conditions).

Your mileage will vary, but based on the initial description I'd say you did fine. If you use your trailer in cold weather enough times, you'll get a good feel for how much propane it uses over a certain length of time, given different temperatures and cloud cover (sunnier is better).
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:04 AM   #33
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I remember one late October weekend camping trip where it was cloudy every day and the temps stayed in the 40's during the day and mid 30's at night. Wind was always blowing. That weekend we used an entire 30 lb bottle. Furnace was on and off constantly. The furnace (mine is 30,000 BTU's) can consume a lot of gas. One of the reasons we tend to use the heat pump more but once you get down below 45, the furnace gives you a little more comfort.

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Rule #1: whatever makes the missus happy is fine by me regardless of what others think.

However, foil reflectors are usually down by sunrise as my dogs get a morning business walk by 6:30 AM.
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:48 PM   #35
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Anyone using the later model Polonis Disc?

After posting the internet photo of the Polonis I pulled ours out and noted how much they have changed,(got ours in the 80's)

Gave it a test run two nights ago. Outside 38*, Polonis set at *60
Interior stabilized at *63.7 on the fridge thermometer after 2hrs w/o furnace. Rear bedroom at *58.
I had forgotten how well the thermostat worked, the fan speed had reduced to a soft breeze and the noise cut way down. It still is quite noticeable when first turned on though and there is no manual fan speed setting.

Pretty basic & simple....but it sure works well.

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Crabbery1, I turn my HWH off at night since there is not a need for hot water during the night. It probably doesn't use a significant amount like the furnace but no need for hot water and it heats quickly in the morning. Like others have mentioned, we carry a small electric heater and it's amazing how much heat it puts out in the A/S. We do go with lower evening temperatures because we like it cool to sleep but it needs to be at whatever temperature you feel comfortable. You may want to consider electric blanket as well. For us, we don't leave the electric heater on at night, just during the day/evening.
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Our's draws 10.5a on high, not sure about the newer models.

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We have camped in + 7 degree weather using 2 Polonis space heaters. Each plugged in to a separate 120 volt circuit in the coach.
The coach was plugged in to a 30 amp outlet at the campground.
We were warm and cozy all night.
The furnace was lit and turned on with the thermostat set at 62. It rarely came on. Used the furnace to try to keep the tanks from freezing.
The only things that froze were the dump valves. Which are in the unheated area in the trunk. Moved one of the space heaters to the trunk. After about 5 minutes the dump valves were thawed and operational.

CAUTION! Don't put the space heater in the trunk unattended. Constant monitoring is required to prevent a fire.
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Our Pelonis is newer

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Anyone using the later model Polonis Disc?

After posting the internet photo of the Polonis I pulled ours out and noted how much they have changed,(got ours in the 80's)

Gave it a test run two nights ago. Outside 38*, Polonis set at *60
Interior stabilized at *63.7 on the fridge thermometer after 2hrs w/o furnace. Rear bedroom at *58.
I had forgotten how well the thermostat worked, the fan speed had reduced to a soft breeze and the noise cut way down. It still is quite noticeable when first turned on though and there is no manual fan speed setting.

Pretty basic & simple....but it sure works well.

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The controls are on the back of our little Pelonis cube. It really puts out the heat....it is in the trailer so I can't check the amps.....we purchased ours in about 2010. One time it would not come on. I took off the filter in the back and cleaned it and then it worked perfectly....not sure what that was about because it didn't look too clogged. We use this heater when we are plugged in to electricity. It is fairly quiet and cycles on and off and keeps us toasty. We don't like a hot trailer for sleeping.....69 or 70 is good for us and we use wool blankets.....paula
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Hi, I just re-filled both of my propane tanks; My 30lb tanks hold 7 gallons each. My two tanks lasted a week in South Dakota [a few years ago] in October with a high of 27 degrees and a low of zero degrees. This ran our stove top, and we left the water heater and furnace on 24/7. I usually set my furnace to 66 or 68 degrees. I will bump it up to 70 or 72 degrees in the morning for only one cycle and then turn it back down or off. We also use an oil filled heater at times. Leaving the furnace on all night at 75 degrees would be like using your trailer as a paint curing booth or something. Way too hot for us.
Hi Bob, you mention an oil filled heater......not sure what that is, does it run on oil? Thanks, paula
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Oil filled heater.. The heating element is immersed in oil and unit is sealed. As oil
Heats, warmth travels to the fins of heater. Safer than exposed heat wires.
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