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Old 05-11-2016, 08:56 PM   #1
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Another newbie Q: How often do I / should I fill / top-off my propane?

Im used to my BBQ tank which I use until it is empty. The person always asks, "Is it empty?

I suppose I do not want to run out of RV propane (run until empty) - so can I add propane any time? When should I add it?

Who do I have add the propane? Any gas station that fills my bbq tank?

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If you don't have a monitor to show level of gas, you can get magnetic level readers to stick on the tank. Pour a cup or two of hot water on the tank and the reader will change color at the liquid level of the tank.

Any LP gas seller can fill the tank. They charge by the gallon or pound and only charge for the amount you buy.


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Here in WA they are required to use a pressure compensated pump and meter. That way they can't overcharge you. Also, you can top off at any time and only pay for the amount it takes
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Old 05-12-2016, 12:49 PM   #4
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As D states above, most stations that are set up for filling portable BBQ tanks can also do fixed mounted tanks. The prime difference is that while they fill portable tanks to a weight (measured on a scale) the mounted tanks are generally filled until a small vent on the tank spits, indicating the tank is full |(actually it's at a fixed percentage of overall tank volume determined by the vent's feed level). The generally charge you for only the volume of propane needed to fill the tank, rather than a fixed flat fee as it often the case with portable BBQ tanks.
Make sure the person filling uses (ie opens|) the vent line, to avoid overfilling and resulting safety issues. Some stations may have an alternate system that measures pressure to define "full" as mentioned previously.
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Old 05-12-2016, 08:19 PM   #5
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Thanks all!

Your info is helpful.

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All the propane gauges on my last couple Motorhomes seemed to not totally register correctly, so notice where gauge reads when you go to have filled and see how many gallons it took. I take a Sharpie and write that info on my tank so I can remember next time how many gallons I have left etc. Remember you only fill 80% of tanks capacity.
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So I pulled in to nearby Shell station that I could get in and out of easily and filled the tank. About $10. Read-out reads 98% now, yippee Thanks everyone. -G
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We travel and when we run out on one tank, we switch over and run on our second tank.... I don't allow my system to auto change over... as that might leave us without propane...

So we've been traveling with our 5er and had sticker shock on the price of Propane in Alaska... until we ran across a Costco.... they sell it by weight and a scale... so you buy what they put in the tank... AND when most of the propane was expensive we found that Costco was at least $3 a gallon cheaper in Alaska... in my winter home.. most of the locations are close to $3 a gallon or higher.... the Tucson Costco at that time was $1.89....

So for us... when we are parked and have some time... I pull out both tanks and take them by Costco when we go there.... I've noticed that they seem to be moving across the country with installing the propane service across the U.S. So if you use Costco look across from the tire center and see if they have installed it... if not... ask the Manager... BTW... when they sell the gas... they have new tanks for sale... 7 or 10 gallon in the tire center for a good value....

I've not found a better value as I travel....

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