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Old 11-21-2014, 10:35 PM   #51
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Yes. Propane doesn't freeze, so I agree that this is likely a problem with contamination with water. When the propane expands as it passes through the regulator, it chills, so water that was liquid up to that point freezes there. I have changed a regulator to fix the problem, and I think I would carry a spare clean and dry (doesn't need to be new; doesn't even need to be dual-input) regulator on a winter trip just in case. As long as all connections to the regulator are flare fittings (not true on my motorhome - one side is pipe thread), changing it is easy.
That's a great idea Brian, I will pick up a spare one and like you say it can even just be a single for back up use.
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Old 02-06-2015, 08:51 AM   #52
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We have been traveling out West in our new 17 B since January, dry camping in temps as low as -7 Here are some first impressions. We too had propane supply problems initially but once we refilled the tank and purged the system of water the propane is working fine now. The 11000 btu heater has been more than adequate. Mostly we are using a 1500w space heater that needs to work hard to raise the internal temp from our nighttime setting of 50 to 65f. The floor insulation and heated tanks have kept the gray and black tanks liquid. I haven't assessed the adequacy of depending solely on the floor insulation as one would in a boondocking situation. I am so glad I took Reace's advice not to bother attempting to tilt the solar panel to increase the efficiency in the low angle winter sun. We tried a couple days of simulated boondocking here in the campground by simply not plugging in. Using lights, exhaust fan and the propane heater, the dual 6v would discharge to 90 percent overnight and easily recharge the next day even in cloudy conditions. There has been condensation in the cabinets and where the cushions contact the outer wall, and especially on the window frames, even in the double pane windows. We have installed Reflectix insulation in the cabinets with good affect and along the space where the cushions touch the wall with fair affect. We just stack the cushions at night to allow air to circulate and the combination works ok. Always crack the overhead vent and a window for air circulation. Haven't towed in snow much, too warm most of the time. All in all we are happy with the experiment, now if it would only snow a little more.
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Old 02-06-2015, 03:33 PM   #53
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Nick, good to hear that. I take it you have the underbelly foam insulation with the heat pads. Very impressive that you can manage -7! Have a good time out there.
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...We tried a couple days of simulated boondocking here in the campground by simply not plugging in. Using lights, exhaust fan and the propane heater, the dual 6v would discharge to 90 percent overnight...
A question, if I may...

During this simulated boondock, were you running the tank heat pads? If so, then for how long?

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Old 02-06-2015, 11:59 PM   #55
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A question, if I may...

During this simulated boondock, were you running the tank heat pads? If so, then for how long?

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No tank heaters that time.
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