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Old 11-15-2013, 02:51 PM   #21
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Doesn't detect leaks, but for $10, I use a luggage scale to weigh my BBQ tank.
That is a great way of assessing how much propane you have left in your tanks.

You could also use that scale for weighing that big fish you are hoping to catch someday.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:10 PM   #22
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Doesn't detect leaks, but for $10, I use a luggage scale to weigh my BBQ tank.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:12 PM   #23
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On a 3 week trip this past summer with fairly heavy usage of a variety of propane devices (fridge, stove, BBQ, hot water heater, furnace, and fire bowl) we used three 20-lb cylinders of propane (1 per week).
now you know your usage!
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:16 PM   #24
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So, if most of the LP hoses are copper tube, the only hose(s) that needs to be replaced over time is the exterior hoses at the tank(s)?
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:33 PM   #25
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Actually we did have to just replace the hoses at the tanks on our last service at Escape--
I had asked to get a gas test done to make sure everything was working correctly, and they found a leak.
It was allowing the gas to flow between the tanks as one would empty a bit gas from the other would transfer to it??
I had wondered on our last long trip why the one tank wasn't totally empty yet the other one needed a top up too...
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:12 PM   #26
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Isn't the propane gas / carbon monoxide detector that is standard in the Escape enough?
Depends on the purpose. If the system is leaking down and the detector inside the trailer is not alarming, then the pen-style detector would be good for tracking down the source around the tongue or under the trailer. It's not expensive, it's a cool toy...

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Doesn't detect leaks, but for $10, I use a luggage scale to weigh my BBQ tank.
For a few dollars more, I have a fancy digital one

But seriously, I think the luggage scale idea is great: it's cheap, it's compact, and it works!

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... the only hose(s) that needs to be replaced over time is the exterior hoses at the tank(s)?
Yes, the hoses from the tanks to the regulator (the "pigtails"), and in most setups there is a hose from the regulator to the start of the rigid piping, too... but those hoses, all of which are readily visible in the tongue area, should be the ones to check for aging.
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:19 PM   #27
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Actually we did have to just replace the hoses at the tanks on our last service at Escape--
I had asked to get a gas test done to make sure everything was working correctly, and they found a leak.
It was allowing the gas to flow between the tanks as one would empty a bit gas from the other would transfer to it??
I had wondered on our last long trip why the one tank wasn't totally empty yet the other one needed a top up too...
I don't understand how that's due to a leak in the hose. Each tank is connected by a separate hose to the dual-inlet regulator; it sounds like the leak was the regulator allowing flow into the tank which should have been empty. Escape uses a dual-inlet regulator with an auto-changeover valve, which might not have been switching over completely. If there's no check valve, that might let propane flow from the standby tank back into the primary tank. Was the regulator replaced as well?

That shouldn't transfer much propane at all. What do you mean by not totally empty? An effectively empty propane tank will have no liquid sloshing around in it, but will still have propane gas (vapour) under pressure.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:53 PM   #28
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For the price of the scale or the gauge mentioned in this thread, we bought a new tank at Costco with the gauge attached. This works on a float in the tank and is very accurate. When on the yellow, we are down 2 gallons. No need to remove to weigh, splash water, etc. We paid $25 for the tank at Costco and has served us well with no guessing. Well worth the price.
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:45 AM   #29
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... we bought a new tank at Costco with the gauge attached. This works on a float in the tank and is very accurate. ... We paid $25 for the tank at Costco
That looks equivalent to the Manchester SureFlame that I have, but the gauge is a different shape. Do you know the brand?

The SureFlame tank is $40 here at Canadian Tire - only $5 more than the same tank without gauge - but I don't think Costco carries them. Neither Costco.ca nor Costco.com list propane tanks (maybe they won't ship them) so it's hard to compare.
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:04 PM   #30
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You might not find them listed on Costco now they appear to be a seasonal item. I always see them in the spring. No brand printed on the tank itself but I remember a cardboard wrapper. This comes purged ready to fill. We bought ours for our A-frame and immediately moved it over to the Escape. Just remove the cover to check and again we find it very accurate once you know the gauge. When in yellow on ours we have used about half.
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