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Old 06-15-2015, 09:09 AM   #31
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I do not think I have ever refilled any of my propane tanks, on any trailer.....yet...
What?! If I look a propane tank cross-eyed it empties right out.

I left home on my current trip on March 15 with one filled tank and an unknown amount in the second one. Since then I have refilled seven times, for a total cost of $96.22, or $13.75 per fill. I'm sure I have an empty tank right now, so I'll fill it today.

My number of refills is more than it should be, since I have problems telling when a tank is actually empty and will sometimes take one to be refilled when it has a gallon or two left in it. Doesn't affect the total cost, though.

This was not the case in Arco, Idaho, when I managed to empty both tanks and thus spent another cold night in the trailer with no heat. Arrgh.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:20 AM   #32
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Jim could have reworded it... Haven't owned a trailer long enough to empty a propane tank.

I used to be able to get through a season on a 30 lb'er, no such luck with the 20's.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:23 AM   #33
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My number of refills is more than it should be, since I have problems telling when a tank is actually empty and will sometimes take one to be refilled when it has a gallon or two left in it.
I think you must mean pounds left in the tank. Assuming propane weighs the same as water or 10 pounds +- per gallon.
It's easy to weigh an empty tank and a full tank and get an idea of whats in a questionable tank.
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:00 AM   #34
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You should be able to ID an empty tank with the automatic switch-over indicator. See your instruction manual.
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:14 AM   #35
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we weigh those small green propane tanks that we use for our 2 burner Coleman stove and coffee pot with some success by using a luggage scale.
http://www.amazon.ca/Ecloud-ShopCA-S...+digital+scale
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:00 PM   #36
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Try costco for propane, they are usually much cheaper.
That doesn't always work. The one in Pharr TX does not carry propane but we did find a propane place $12 for 20lb. I think we filled three there as we had a lot of cool nights in the Rio Grande Valley the 5.5 weeks we were there last winter, but figure that was cheaper than the pricy hydro in our park. We ran the water heater on hydro though, but also cooked a lot.

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Old 06-15-2015, 12:45 PM   #37
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As you are all aware, never do a tank exchange to get a refill. This is the propane industry dirty little secret. Propane sold at locations doing an exchange have you and your welfare in mind. To keep you from lifting too much the exchange tanks are only filled with 15 pounds of propane, rather than the capacity of 20 pounds.

If you have some doubts use your search engine for "propane tank exchange".
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:30 PM   #38
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For safety reasons that's as full as I want a propane tank. Fill a tank in rainy Vancouver 22 degrees, drive to Osoyoose where its 36 degrees and you may wish your tank was only 80 percent filled due to expansion.
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You should be able to ID an empty tank with the automatic switch-over indicator. See your instruction manual.
That thing doesn't work very well, or at least mine doesn't. It will show half-green half-red sometimes, and since I don't know what that means I will move the lever to the other tank when the first one still has propane in it. It has fooled me more than once.
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That's why I said to refer to your instruction manual. I have to keep reminding myself what means what. Half red / half green indicates that one tank is empty. The lever is used to allow you to remove the empty tank.
Read the manual.
I did manage to empty both tanks once, by not paying attention. You do have to check the indicator to see that you have gas.
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