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Old 03-15-2014, 02:39 AM   #1
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Propane tank gauge?

So I hate running out of propane and was wondering if I could install a propane gauge off of a grill? Wal-Mart sells em for $12. Cheap way to always know how much gas is left. Thanks!
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Old 03-15-2014, 03:38 AM   #2
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Propane tanks will always have the same pressure dependant on temp as long as you have even a few ozs of liquid propaine. The guages at wallyworld or camping world usually tell pressure and when they drop you are surely out!!! Get a cheap digital bath scale and weigh your tank empty. Fill your tank and weigh again. the difference will be the quantity of liquid propaine. I keep my scale next to the propaine tank in the MH and weigh after use and as the weight approches the empty cyl wight I know to fill.
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I agree with Stink

We carry a good digital readout bathroom scale, mainly to keep our personal weight in check, but I use it all the time for checking portable propane tank status. Works for me.
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A luggage scale works.

Amazon.com: American Weigh Scales AMW-LS-110 Digital LuGGaGe Scale, 110 by 0.2 LB: Kitchen & Dining
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TRUMA Gauge

I have a TRUMA LevelCheck propane tank level gauge. It really works, giving you a dead-on accurate level indication. Here's a link:

Fill level indicator Truma LevelCheck

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Pour a glass of hot water very slowly down the side of the tank and then feel for where the tank is cold. That is the level, and what I used to do with 20lb tanks.

Now I have two 4lb tanks. Swapping is quick. No need for gauge. Less than 2 bucks to fill. Dirt cheap compared to the teenie bottles.
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I also have the Truma unit-it works great,best buy for my RV!
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Pour a glass of hot water very slowly down the side of the tank and then feel for where the tank is cold. That is the level, and what I used to do with 20lb tanks.

Now I have two 4lb tanks. Swapping is quick. No need for gauge. Less than 2 bucks to fill. Dirt cheap compared to the teenie bottles.
Aw come on .... you don't want a $69 gauge to check your $53 tanks (or $30 if it's 20 lb)? Next, you'll be tellin' us you don't need a $500 grill.
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Aw come on .... you don't want a $69 gauge to check your $53 tanks (or $30 if it's 20 lb)? Next, you'll be tellin' us you don't need a $500 grill.
Haha! (Same as LOL). ;-)

My 4 pounders were $40 each. Dont need no gauges, no big tanks, no Extend-a-stay, can easily move to the neighbors site for a cookout or to the other side of the MH to block the wind, etc. Easy-peasy!

My Q100 gasser was about $150.
My hibachi cast iron charcoaler was $23.
But campfire is still better. Not much of that in the SW! Sigh
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These are really good ideas but my main reason for wanting the gauge is because its for the tanks in the front of the fifthwheel that run the house appliances. I dont wanna unbolt and and get wrenches out to undo the lines. Im wanting to just be able to peek in and check. Im gambling on propane goin down ablittle more before I refill both big tanks. It was $5.95 a gal and has dropped to $1.91
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These are really good ideas but my main reason for wanting the gauge is because its for the tanks in the front of the fifthwheel that run the house appliances. I dont wanna unbolt and and get wrenches out to undo the lines. Im wanting to just be able to peek in and check. Im gambling on propane goin down ablittle more before I refill both big tanks. It was $5.95 a gal and has dropped to $1.91
Well ... the warm water thing works but you'll need a bit more warm water ... or the $69 Truma. The stick-ons are really "iffy" ... you might as well guess.
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Haha! (Same as LOL). ;-)

My 4 pounders were $40 each. Dont need no gauges, no big tanks, no Extend-a-stay, can easily move to the neighbors site for a cookout or to the other side of the MH to block the wind, etc. Easy-peasy!

My Q100 gasser was about $150.
My hibachi cast iron charcoaler was $23.
But campfire is still better.
Not much of that in the SW! Sigh
That was a good deal !!

I've abandoned those ... I'm a gasser guy or portable induction for a pot.

Also eezy-peezy bada-bing, bada-boom
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Well ... the warm water thing works but you'll need a bit more warm water ... or the $69 Truma. The stick-ons are really "iffy" ... you might as well guess.
I cant pour water in the storage area. And im not talkin about stickers. Im talkin about the actual inline gas gauge that u put on the tank valve lol I dont lik stickers cause if the tanks not level ur reading could be off
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Man can never have too many tools!
That Trauma thingy is cool!
Although I just refill both tanks before I leave and I have an auto switch over and just watch the color go from green to red and then refill the dead one.
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