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Old 04-27-2007, 03:23 PM   #1
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Probably been asked before, but is there a feasible way to switch to propane on an LP gas system?

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Probably been asked before, but is there a feasible way to switch to propane on an LP gas system?

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Old 04-27-2007, 04:00 PM   #3
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by nathanfox83:
Probably been asked before, but is there a feasible way to switch to propane on an LP gas system?

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Nate,
Please clarify or expand your question. Since "propane" and LP gas are interchangeable terms for the same fuel, your question leaves me wondering what you are trying to accomplish... possibly others will have the same difficulty understanding the question. We'd love to help if we understood what you are trying to do.
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Old 04-27-2007, 04:00 PM   #4
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I believe they are same thing. At least around my area I don't see any difference.

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so, LP gas and propane are the same thing? Can I just pull up to one of those gas stations with the large tanks that say propane and fill up my rv? I was under the impression that Propane and Natural Gas were the same. How much is the going rate of Propane?

Sorry for all the questions, but I am out of fuel and no longer have hot showers
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alright, well you guys are awesome. Based on the initial reaction to my inquiry, I investigated a little more and found that the fitting that goes into the tank on my rv is the same as my propane powered BBQ. I just hooked up the bbq tank to the main feed for the system, disconnecting and turning off the onboard tank and now I have hot water and a working cooktop and oven...

Thanks so much. I was just afraid of blowing up or something. This is safe right
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by nathanfox83:
so, LP gas and propane are the same thing? Can I just pull up to one of those gas stations with the large tanks that say propane and fill up my rv? I was under the impression that Propane and Natural Gas were the same. How much is the going rate of Propane?

Sorry for all the questions, but I am out of fuel and no longer have hot showers </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Between $2.50 and $3.20 per gallon in the Tampa Bay area.
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Old 04-27-2007, 05:05 PM   #8
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Just for clarification, propane and natural gas are not the same thing. NG is mostly methane, with a fair amount of ethane, butane, propane, CO2, nitrogen, helium and some H2S. I do know that the orifices and feed pressure are different in propane and NG furnaces. Natural gas is de-propanized and de-butanized to lower the heating value to an acceptable valve before it is put into the pipeline...plus they can make more off of it by selling it in pieces.
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What no one has told you is that your RV operates on LP (Liquid Propane). The same gas that is in your BBQ tank. Adding a hookup that will allow you to run BBQ tanks or 100 Lb LP tanks is a good idea. Our permanet tank ran out last fall. Haven't refilled it yet since LP is high where we are at right now (S GA). Oddly enough we can swap out our BBQ size tanks at Home Depot for under $17 while it would cost $25 to refill the same tank at the local fueling station (conventiently located at the entrance of the most popular park in the area). No way we're going to refill the permanent tank here. We'll wait until we can find someplace a bit cheaper. Until then, we have 2 BBQ tanks that we run our Grill, and range off of. The water heater runs off of electric since we are connected to it (can also run on LP).
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A unit as old as You have may have to be checked or recertified I think this is every 10 years.A bigger fill and supply dealer as say America Gas or Fuel Gas can at cost do that.For Your safety and that of others have that done before You try to refill Your tank..And good luck and Happy Camping with Your Motor Home..Bushman
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Nate,

LPG = Liquid Propane Gas
LP gas = Liquid Propane Gas
Propane = Liquid Propane Gas

They are all the same thing, just different (shorter) ways of saying it. This is also what most BBQ grills uses.

Natural gas is not the same as LPG and can not be used interchangeably.

Yor really should take your rig to a Propane dealer, RV dealer or Camping World and have them check out and test your system. A small leak can be very deadly. Read that as a really big bang and a lot of hurt. Also when properly adjusted, your stove, furnance and water heater will work better and same you money on propane.
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thanks for all of the advice. The situation has been worked out. The tank that I have is 95 gallons. It was full when I bought the RV 5 months ago. I live in it and it has been working fine just until it ran out the other day. Really big boom would have happened already in my opinion. I'm a mechanic by trait, with plenty of handy man skills as well. I have been jumping into every system of this beast and although I may not have known that LP gas and Propane were the same. I do know plenty in the department of fixing things. Please don't take that the wrong way, just be assured that I am taking any and all precautions necessary.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by nathanfox83:
thanks for all of the advice. The situation has been worked out. The tank that I have is 95 gallons. It was full when I bought the RV 5 months ago. I live in it and it has been working fine just until it ran out the other day. Really big boom would have happened already in my opinion. I'm a mechanic by trait, with plenty of handy man skills as well. I have been jumping into every system of this beast and although I may not have known that LP gas and Propane were the same. I do know plenty in the department of fixing things. Please don't take that the wrong way, just be assured that I am taking any and all precautions necessary.

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Nate,

Are you sure of that 95 gallons? That would be a 2 foot diameter by 5 1/2 foot long tank weighing about 300 pounds empty and over 1,000 pound when full.
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