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Old 01-12-2003, 08:10 PM   #1
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propane tanks

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just bought my first trailer and wondering how i know my propane tanks are almost empty? i have no gages on the tanks and don't want to run out on the road.

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Old 01-12-2003, 08:16 PM   #2
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David,

Your regulator that sits between the tanks points to the tank in use. When it switches over to the other tank it will pop up a little red flag in the viewing window to let you know you are running on one empty. The one full tank should get you thru a long enough period that you can find a LP sales place and have it refilled. I reccomend after refill switching the pointer to the partial tank so you know it is switching to a full one when it switches again.

There are stick on gauges that sense the temp. of the propane in the tank that would give you a visual indicator. They are available at Camping World. The other way to tell is to check the tank right after you have taken showers and the water heater is going full blast. High LP usage will quite often cause condensation to form at the level of the liquid in the tank. Of course this will not work well in dry climates. Then you will need to feel the tank for the cool line.
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Without weighing them, there is no way to know for sure. The best way is to fill them up and use an automatic switchover regulator. You probably already have one installed. Open both tank valves and point the arrow on the regulator to one or the other and when that tank is empty, the green indicator on the top of will turn red. Then you turn the valve, fill the empty one, and play the waiting game again. The problem is that the green/red pop- up indicators have probably faded and it might be hard to see the color.
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Poor some hot water on the tank and feel for a cold area, that will tell you where the propane is.
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If it's below freezing....

fire up the furnace. After a short time, you will see frost forming on the bottom of the tank. The frost forms in the area where the liquid is.
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Fire up the furnace works in the summer. Poring some hot water on the tank and feel for a cold area is good in the fall!!!!!!!
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