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Old 10-12-2009, 06:47 PM   #11
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Didn't think to ask, but do these small RVs just have one propane tank?

Pain in the butt if your cooking, but a real problem if the furnace dies. Just snuggle up I guess.
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Old 10-12-2009, 07:36 PM   #12
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My PW only has one tank. It has a gauge on it and I check it each day that i am using same. If I was to run out of propane i do have a generator as back up for electric heat and cooking if need be.
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:33 AM   #13
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I don't know if all class b's have the same size propane tank, but I've gone camping for 2 weeks and only used about 1/2 tank. It was summer, so only the refer and the furnace in the morning was about all the propane we used, but I've never ever worried about running out. I have a '95 Pleasure Way. Yes, when it gets colder out, you had better watch the levels. Mine is already in winter storage as we got blasted this last week. Today, we had a high of -4C. Brrrr. ;(

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Old 10-13-2009, 08:59 PM   #14
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Didn't think to ask, but do these small RVs just have one propane tank?

Pain in the butt if your cooking, but a real problem if the furnace dies. Just snuggle up I guess.
If you are imagining the small 20 lb. tanks one hooks up to a grill or typically on the front hitch frame of an RV trailer you would be right and it would not be enough. There is one custom tank usually around 10-12 gallons permanently mounted underneath the B. Thus a typical B tank would be equivalent of two plus the standard grill tank.
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:16 PM   #15
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When it is cold........... I went from plus 12 to minus 10 on this trip.

# 1 - propane - we filled up at around minus 6 or minus 8 - Would we have gotten more propane by volume because it was so cold? It's still above half despite running the fridge all day and furnace all night for a week. Or is propane so cold it doesn't matter?

# 2 - tire pressure - it had dropped 5 psi when I last checked at around minus 6 and that was after driving for half an hour so they were not "cold". I think a portable compressor is on my "gotta get one" list. Then I can check the tires more frequently when on the road.
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:55 PM   #16
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Most vehicle propane tanks fill by volume with a float. So yes you get more propane when cold. Most portable tanks, despite some having floats, are filled by weight. So you typically get the same amount each fill. Not sure if they're pumps are temperature corrected, but I suspect you actually pay for what you get.

In case your interested a pound of propane has 21,591 btu's. Thus a 20lb tank holds 345456btu (20lbs @ 80%)

A 10,000btu furnace could run 34 hrs non stop. But a typical fridge might be 500btu, so no real load on the tank
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Let me say good luck on the trip as well.
We just got back from the canyons in CO/UT/AZ and the temps were below or close to freezing at elevation
at night, with a decent warm up during the day. We did get into RMNP but it was more crowded than we
had hoped and so just carried on to Moab and beyond.
We spent the last 4 days until yesterday touring the southeastern US where the predominant weather was rain and cool.
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I had added an "Extend-a-stay" fitting to my main propane tank just in front of the regulator so that I can run off of a 20lb tank when needed. The 20lb tank would only last 4 days running the 30,000btu furnace in the Class C. Minus 6 C those nights.
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Just an update to say that we're in New Brunswick now. We lived in the RV for 5 weeks. 12 days of leisurely driving to get across Canada. It was a good trip.
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Glad to hear you made it safe Mark. I hope the weather was nice. The trees changing colors must have been quite picturous.
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