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Old 09-10-2015, 10:42 AM   #31
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I've been trying to see if my propane tanks are low but I cannot tell if it has switched to the other tank. I thought something would turn red and switch over to the full side I don't see any indicator how do you know which side it's on or if it's getting empty? I haven't really messed with it since I bought the trailer (other then just turning them off and on).
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Old 09-10-2015, 10:58 AM   #32
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The tank that is drawn from is the first one opened, and if and when empty, it will automatically transfer over to the other tank, as long as that valve was opened too. All the red/green indicator does, is tell you whether there is propane left in the bottle that the indicator is pointed too. There is no way of telling fill level with this indicator.

In practice what I do is to always open the valve first of the bottle the indicator is pointing to, then open the other valve. As soon as I notice that bottle is empty (I usually check when hooking up, and if not when I open that tank the next time, I will see the indicator is red), and the supply transfers to the other bottle, I switch the indicator lever over to the other tank which is now supplying the propane to the trailer. I then fill the empty bottle at my earliest convenience. This way, I never run out of propane, well, as long as I am diligent with the refill.

If you follow this procedure, there is no need to tell what the actual level of a tank is, as when the second one takes over, you still have a long time before it runs out, giving you a long window to fill the empty one.
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Old 09-10-2015, 11:10 AM   #33
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In addition to Jim's excellent post, this might help some:

Propane tank is full but - - - -
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Old 09-10-2015, 11:23 AM   #34
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The tank that is drawn from is the first one opened, <<snip>>
Not quite right.
Regardless of which valve is opened first, so long as both valves are open, the tank that the little black handle is pointing to will be drawn from first, if it still contains propane.
If the indicator is green, propane is still being drawn from the tank the handle is pointing to. If the indicator is red, the "first" tank is empty, and now propane is being drawn from the tank the handle is pointing away from.
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Old 09-10-2015, 11:40 AM   #35
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You do ( legally ) have to shut off propane on ferries and prior to entering some tunnels.
After reading this, I remembered that I hadn't turned off the propane whilst crossing Lake Champlain this summer. I just confirmed with Lake Champlain Transportation that "We don’t require that they [i.e., propane tanks] be turned off. As long as the tank is in good condition and secured, it will be fine."
I understand that BC Ferries (and perhaps others) are different.
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Old 09-10-2015, 11:45 AM   #36
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Note the sentence "Slowly open both cylinder valves" which is key to getting the propane to flow in the first place...
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Old 09-10-2015, 11:47 AM   #37
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Yeah, I kinda worded and put things in the wrong order. As mentioned, I always open the one the indicator handle is pointing to, thus my meaning of the one opened first is where the primary draw comes from. Not much of a wordsmith, am I?
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Yeah, I kinda worded and put things in the wrong order. As mentioned, I always open the one the indicator handle is pointing to, thus my meaning of the one opened first is where the primary draw comes from. Not much of a wordsmith, am I?
Jim, I did quite a bit of research into how these valves work when we were having trouble with a faulty one this spring. Exactly what you wrote is a _very_common mis-conception, so I thought it a good idea to correct it here.
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Old 09-10-2015, 02:10 PM   #39
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where is the indicator ? i have not found it yet?
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Old 09-10-2015, 02:15 PM   #40
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It is right on top of the regulator. On my phone right now, can post a photo later.
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