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TomG2

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Posted: 09/14/20 08:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As an exercise in weight control, I am asking if it is a good idea to leave one of my two propane tanks at home when traveling. One tank is more than sufficient for my needs. I am asking if it will harm the changeover regulator or leak propane with one tank absent. Seems like an easy way to shed a few pounds. NO, I am not that close to my ratings, just curious.

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Posted: 09/14/20 10:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sure, you could.

But what if.......


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Posted: 09/14/20 10:20am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Leave it empty and on the camper. Its only like 17 lbs? Even then what are you saving 20? I cant see 40 lbs making or breaking you. Unless you are way over weight.


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Posted: 09/14/20 10:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bad idea. You are over thinking it.
Why not remove the window screens? You really don'y open the windows much right!


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Posted: 09/14/20 10:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Depending on where you camp the need refill a propane tank could take a bunch of time...ruin an afternoon. I like the backup second tank. When I'm camping I don't like running out of something. The weight capacities of my TT and TV make this a non-issue.


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Posted: 09/14/20 10:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it's full and you don't expect to run the furnace...not an issue for a short trip.

We usually swap over when one is empty, pull it and put it in the truck with the second hooked up and in use...with no leaks or other issues.

As mentioned you aren't saving much but it will work fine...in fact a lot of small (uner 20ft) travel trailers only come with a single 20lb tank unless you upgrade.


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Posted: 09/14/20 11:02am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

valhalla360 wrote:

If it's full and you don't expect to run the furnace...not an issue for a short trip.

We usually swap over when one is empty, pull it and put it in the truck with the second hooked up and in use...with no leaks or other issues.

As mentioned you aren't saving much but it will work fine...in fact a lot of small (uner 20ft) travel trailers only come with a single 20lb tank unless you upgrade.


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Posted: 09/14/20 11:09am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I asked if it would leak or harm the regulator, not if it was a terrific idea. I have built in accurate float gauges on my tanks, so running out accidentally is not a factor. I can go 2-3 months on a single tank in warm weather. I am not near being overweight. I see people on here traveling with empty water tanks to save weight, this is another thing that might help them. Thanks for the negative and critical comments.

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Posted: 09/14/20 11:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If this is going to be a permanent change... I recommend changing the regulator.
I recommend operating as designed. Possibly get two cylinders with less capacity to save weight yet retain the automatic regulator features.

11 pound cylinder

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Shop around.

One of my first modifications to my pop-up was to move from the single set up to the dual cylinders and automatic regulator. I would never go back.


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Posted: 09/14/20 11:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not sure what difference you think 53# is going to make in towing ability or mileage. Not worth it to me!


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