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Old 04-07-2021, 02:28 PM   #1
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Propane dry camping question

hi fellow campers, if you dry camp..
running propane for the refrigerator and run the heater say at 72 degress..
how many days do you estimate based on your experience we can get?
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Old 04-07-2021, 02:40 PM   #2
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What about the water heater? What's the outside day time and night time temperature? How much propane do you have?
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Old 04-07-2021, 02:41 PM   #3
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It all depends on the ambient temperatures.
If your thermostat is set at 72, and it's only 30 outside: you'll burn through the gas at an alarming rate...
If you're set at 72, and it's 80 outside: you've got a pretty good supply on hand...
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Old 04-07-2021, 03:26 PM   #4
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all good points i need to test it and see what our consumption is thx
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Old 04-07-2021, 04:00 PM   #5
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The downside of the Vegas/Axis propane tank is that it really only holds abt 8+ gallons when full.
So its essentially 2 standard 5 gal BBQ tanks.

But, you must drive your entire rig to get the tank filled when you anticipate being close to empty
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Travel trailers (and some RVs) that have dual side by side 5 gal tanks. When tank 1 is completely empty theres a switch-over valve to start-up tank 2. Then you can remove tank 1, drive to the propane store and re-fill & re-attach

I like that method much much better because you always know where you stand.
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Old 04-07-2021, 04:19 PM   #6
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The downside of the Vegas/Axis propane tank is that it really only holds abt 8+ gallons when full.
So its essentially 2 standard 5 gal BBQ tanks.

But, you must drive your entire rig to get the tank filled when you anticipate being close to empty
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Travel trailers (and some RVs) that have dual side by side 5 gal tanks. When tank 1 is completely empty theres a switch-over valve to start-up tank 2. Then you can remove tank 1, drive to the propane store and re-fill & re-attach

I like that method much much better because you always know where you stand.
Or install an Extend-a-Stay or similar manifold that allows you to run the MH system from a 20 Lb tank.

The other option which I just learned about from someone else on this forum is:
If you have an external low pressure propane quick connect on your MH just get a 20 lb tank with regulator and the correct quick connection and back-feed your MH low pressure system from the 20 lb tank and quick connect connection.
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Old 04-07-2021, 04:35 PM   #7
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thx i will check on youttube if this is possible:

If you have an external low pressure propane quick connect on your MH just get a 20 lb tank with regulator and the correct quick connection and back-feed your MH low pressure system from the 20 lb tank and quick connect connection.
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Old 04-08-2021, 06:04 AM   #8
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So funny I just had to empty my tank to fix a leak. I burned off the propane keeping the coach at 80 degrees and I ran the fridge. The temps were 40 during the day and mid 20s at night and my tank lasted 4 days and that was with about 9.4 gallons.
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thx i will check on youttube if this is possible:
Of course it's possible. Since when did Youtube become the ultimate authority on anything?
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Old 04-08-2021, 07:57 AM   #10
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Or install an Extend-a-Stay or similar manifold that allows you to run the MH system from a 20 Lb tank.

The other option which I just learned about from someone else on this forum is:
If you have an external low pressure propane quick connect on your MH just get a 20 lb tank with regulator and the correct quick connection and back-feed your MH low pressure system from the 20 lb tank and quick connect connection.
Hmm, never thought of that, my RV has the external quick connect we use for the grill, will have to remember that for extended cold dry camping.
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Back-filling through the low pressure hook-up...
Will those hoses and fittings take the pressure?
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Old 04-08-2021, 11:20 AM   #12
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Back-filling through the low pressure hook-up...
Will those hoses and fittings take the pressure?
You hook up an external tank with a two stage regulator (which is important for good flow) to the external BBQ connection. This way low pressure LP is supplied to the coach from the external tank, not the internal one. You should turn off the internal tank's valve.

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Old 04-08-2021, 01:33 PM   #13
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DavidEm this seems simple enough and we can test in our driveway
Will note this


You hook up an external tank with a two stage regulator (which is important for good flow) to the external BBQ connection. This way low pressure LP is supplied to the coach from the external tank, not the internal one. You should turn off the internal tank's valve.
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Old 04-08-2021, 02:00 PM   #14
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Hey I am not smart enough..but can they use an inverter, solar and
A small space heater dry camping?
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