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Old 06-14-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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Is it just me or is it that our propane tank tends to run out at night, after everyone but me has had a shower? Oh well tanks are lasting about 3 weeks can't complain
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:52 PM   #2
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Yep. That's the way it usually goes. Furnace out in the middle of the night. As for the hot water, we have the LPG/electric version so that's usually not a problem.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:53 PM   #3
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Mine tend to run out when its in the 20ish degree range, between 3 am and 4 am, when the Mrs is alread cold and we have no hookups...

I just filled one tank, it lasted from January untill now. We will probably go through atleast 1, if not 2, during a 2 week outing to MT/WY...
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:35 PM   #4
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Just use the automatic changeover feature on your regulator, it will switch to a fresh tank all by itself, and then you can fill the empty one in the next few days without even shutting anything off. It has been a standard feature on Airstreams for 40 years, I never can figure out why so many don't know it is there or use it.
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We switch ours over manually. When boondocking, it's better to know when the first one runs out, than to find out both of them are empty. It's not much fun camping with no hot water, the furnace doesn't work and everything in the refrigerator is spoiling. -- Oops, done camping!

Same thing with batteries. We use one at a time with a marine battery isolator switch. When the first one is drained, we just switch over to the second battery, which has a full charge. Not as critical, though, because generators are available for backup.
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:58 AM   #6
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We switch ours over manually. When boondocking, it's better to know when the first one runs out, than to find out both of them are empty. It's not much fun camping with no hot water, the furnace doesn't work and everything in the refrigerator is spoiling. -- Oops, done camping!
If you're going to do this, it's a little silly to complain about running out of propane. It's a solved problem and many Airstreams have two ways to monitor propane capacity.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:12 AM   #7
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I guess I've never understood this problem either - it is easy to check the indicator on the change-over mechanism - and when it shows red your empty tank needs filling within the next few days - no panic - no runningn out of propane. With two tanks and a change-over mechanism this should not be a worry to anyone.


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Is it just me or is it that our propane tank tends to run out at night, after everyone but me has had a shower? Oh well tanks are lasting about 3 weeks can't complain
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:53 AM   #9
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Unfortunetly not everyone has "modern" automatic switching over regulators. My Bambi II (48 years old) does not, so I have to keep an eye on the gas levels. After 6 months I am still on the same bottle using the trailer about everyother weekend and a couple of week long trips. The single stage regulator is working fine so I don't see reason to change it out just now.
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I ran out of propane once about hour and 30 min from home. My friend lived 30 min away so I called him to bring me one of his, since he was coming down to visit. Turns out I didn't have mine screwed on all the way to the tank.
He never let me here the end of it....
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