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Old 07-12-2016, 08:39 PM   #11
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:57 PM   #12
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The common 20-pound size of propane tank (as used by Escape, most travel trailers, and most home outdoor grills) is now readily available with a built-in gauge, which is run by the float inside that is needed for the Overfill Prevention Device. This doesn't work if you use tank exchange services to get more propane (because you are giving away your tank and getting some random tank), but if you have your own tanks refilled they completely solve the problem.
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I have used an inline gauge years ago, but it's performance was sketchy at best, as the pressure in the tank changes with ambient temperature.
Yes, and the pressure (which is all those inline gauges measure) depends only on temperature - they don't respond to level at all. The idea behind them is that when the level gets very low while it is flowing (running a grill or whatever) the propane can't absorb heat fast enough so it chills and the pressure drops. You might as well watch for frost on the tank!
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may have already been linked here, but we own one of these and it works very well.



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Old 07-12-2016, 09:54 PM   #14
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may have already been linked here, but we own one of these and it works very well.



https://www.amazon.com/Grill-Gauge-G.../dp/B0012GTU3O
That makes sense. A luggage scale is functionally the same thing, if you happen to have one, or it's more readily available to buy one. Weigh an empty tank to see how much to subtract to get propane weight, or weigh a full tank so you know that's full and 20 pounds less is empty.
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Old 07-13-2016, 12:13 AM   #15
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.... Weigh an empty tank to see how much to subtract to get propane weight, or weigh a full tank so you know that's full and 20 pounds less is empty.
Look on the ring/handle on the tank top. You should see a variety of stamped numbers, etc. One will be the Tare (empty) weight. I just looked at my spare tank. the stamp reads:
" T.W. 19.7 LBS " ; translation is of course: tare (empty) weight is 19.7 pounds.

As Brian stated, weigh it when it's full and subtract. You also will know whether you're getting all the propane you paid for when re-filling.
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How much propane is in that tank?

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You also will know whether you're getting all the propane you paid for when re-filling.

We get our tanks refilled where the gauge is visible and propane is sold by the actual amount dispensed - not by "tank" or "10 pound" or some other non specific amount. And, we don't do tank exchanges, mainly because our tanks are of a higher quality than the exchange tanks. That way, we always know we got what we paid for. Again, you can see the gauge.



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Old 07-13-2016, 01:27 AM   #17
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Look on the ring/handle on the tank top. You should see a variety of stamped numbers, etc. One will be the Tare (empty) weight. I just looked at my spare tank. the stamp reads:
" T.W. 19.7 LBS " ; translation is of course: tare (empty) weight is 19.7 pounds.

As Brian stated, weigh it when it's full and subtract. You also will know whether you're getting all the propane you paid for when re-filling.
Very true, but eyes glaze over when I describe tank markings... since you have the scale anyway, you can just weigh it.
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What am I missing here? You have two same sized tanks with an automatic switchover valve, when the switch moves from tank A to tank B, you have used 50% of your fuel and time to get a refill? Unless you are the type that likes to run on 1/4 tank of below fuel, I start looking when I reach 50%, so why not do the same with your propane? It does not save any money nor cost any more to refill early.
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Jim, I make sure I have two full tanks any time I'm going out for any more than a couple days.
I have 5 tanks and a scale. When I get a low but not empty Escape tank, I finish it out on the bar b que or the campfire in a can. I keep my spares well away from the house in a secure building. On our recent trip to The West, we encountered snowy nights and some high elevation camping where it was cool at night and we ran the furnace more than we might have planned. It always feels good to know you've got adequate propane to make it for two or three days if you're away from a fill opportunity. Be Prepared, motto of the Boy Scouts.
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What am I missing here? You have two same sized tanks with an automatic switchover valve, when the switch moves from tank A to tank B, you have used 50% of your fuel and time to get a refill? Unless you are the type that likes to run on 1/4 tank of below fuel, I start looking when I reach 50%, so why not do the same with your propane? It does not save any money nor cost any more to refill early.
Based on your previous posts on this forum indicating that you have never kept your trailers long enough to have to fill the propane tanks, I assume that "I start looking when I reach 50%" means that is when you start looking to purchase your next trailer.

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I must be doing something wrong, I have never yet had to refill any of my propane tanks on any on my trailers over the past 10 years!!!
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