4 nights below freezing on one tank!

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  1. MaeKay

    MaeKay Well-Known Member

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    We’ve made it 4 nights already on just one standard propane tank. Each night the weather has been at or just below freezing and we’ve stayed so comfy in our little travel trailer with the furnace. (It’s mid 60’s during the day so we’re only using it at night).

    This summer we learned how long we could boondock in regards to water and electricity. But now we’re getting an idea of the furnace propane usage. (Obviously actual temperatures will affect it and will be different each trip.)

    Tonight will be night 5. It’s only supposed to get down to 40 so I was willing to risk it to see how far we can stretch our propane, especially since there isn’t a propane refill station nearby us currently. Love learning what our little trailer can do. And I love that we are able to be much more flexible in when we can go camping.
     
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    Great to hear people are still out and about
     
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    We're headed out this weekend too in Rhode Island.

    Take a cup of hot water and pour it down the side of the tank to see how full it is. It would be interesting to know how much you have left.
     
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    We ended up going 6 nights and when we filled the tank back up when we got home we were shocked to find we’d only used 3 gallons! I thought we might be super low because when I tapped on it that first couple nights it all sounded the same. I thought that meant it was empty. Nope, it was just still mostly full! So far the battery is our biggest limiting factor and that’s still pretty awesome.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Sadly heating my popup I only got 4 nights. However one night was real windy the I had so many cold drafts get inside,the furnace had to run so much more often to keep to temp.
     
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    We can get three to four days in the pup as long as we get it filled full, as opposed to just a 80% tank swap. Keep it at about 50 at night and then bump up to a nice 65 in the morning until everyone warms up.
     
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    @JimmyM, for my learning, what do you mean by this? How can I tell how much I used/left by pouring hot water down the side of the propane tank? Many thanks!
     
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    The liquid propane sits at the bottom of the tank. When you pour hot water down the side of the tank it warms the metal. The metal in contact with the liquid will cool more quickly than the metal above the liquid line. You can determine how much LP is in the tank by where the temperature changes.
     
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    @JimmyM, thanks so much - got it. Have a wonderful day.
     
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    JimmyM Well-Known Member

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    Actually... Thanks, BillyMc
     
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    unclemark Overland Park, KS

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    Thanks for mentioning this. It will be very useful.
     
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    And if you are home weigh the 20 pound tank and subtract 16.6 pounds, take the remainder and divide by 4.2 (propane pounds per gallon) and you have gallons left.
     
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    Thanks @BillyMc , thanks @Econ :). Much appreciate you alls helps...have a wonderful winter!
     

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