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Old 10-31-2013, 04:27 PM   #43
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Furnace & Leaks are biggest wasters of propane

In 7 years of fulltiming I can tell you that it hardly makes a difference whether you leave the 5 gallon water heater on 24/7 or just fire it off when you anticipate needing it. Water will stay warm about 6 hours after you turn the heater off. But it takes a lot more propane to heat water from 54 to 120 degrees than it does to maintain heat. My heater may turn fire off once or twice a day more often than a manually operated heater, but when it runs to maintain temperature it only runs for about 2 minutes as opposed to 5 to 7 minutes to heat a cold tank.

The new EB has the electric/gas option, but if you're using the microwave and have the fridge on electric, and the a/c fires off, and you put bread in the toaster, you might trip a breaker. If you're not dressed, it'll trip at the post!

The stove top and oven and even the refrigerator are all very frugal users of propane - but the furnace just sucks a 30# cylinder down to nothing in a couple of days.

Watching for leaks at the hoses is also very important. Sometimes event the regulator itself will go bad, but most times it's a simple fix - and as noted before - tape isn't as good a sealer as the liquid type. Figure you're going to reseal once every year or two just from travel vibration working stuff loose.


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Old 11-03-2013, 05:33 AM   #44
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I just got back from a 15 night trip, 4 nights boon docking the rest on electric....Night time temps ranged from almost 70 to 27 degrees.

I was expecting more usage but I only used 21 lbs of propane out of one 30 lb cylinder.

Hot water tank was only lit once or twice a day for a few hours. Cooked on the gas stove twice a day.
Heat was set at about 62 at night and turned up higher for a short time when I got up in the morning.

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Old 11-04-2013, 09:35 PM   #45
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Sounds like efficient usage.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:48 PM   #46
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Man so much great info on this thread. Thanks for participating everyone. I now have 2 electric heaters and will use the water heater only once per day to heat up the water for showers and dishes. That should be the key... I will be taking a trip soon and will report back with and update...
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:28 PM   #47
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Originally Posted by ROBERTSUNRUS View Post
Hi, you might also check for air leaks. I installed a second weather strip on my entrance door and a double weather seal on my storage compartment door. [much better now] Both were letting cold air in.

Could you elaborate on the double weather seal on the storage door? Mine seems to be letting in a lot of cold air.

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Old 11-06-2013, 12:16 AM   #48
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Could you elaborate on the double weather seal on the storage door? Mine seems to be letting in a lot of cold air.

Hi, Dave; Go to "Favorite mods Under $100" page 19, post # 258 and you will see what I did. Later I added a second "D" weather seal to the outer edge of the storage compartment door. [I couldn't find that picture]


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