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Old 04-27-2005, 04:58 AM   #1
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Propane usage

I have had the rig out 3 times since I bought it, 7 nights total. Had to use the heater 5 of those nights. On 2 of the nights it was low 30's, other nights 40-50's. I use space heaters during the day, no oven, used stove 1 time for about 10 minutes. I did run furnace while on the road for 1 1/2 hours. I have emptied one propane tank. Is this normal? I thought a tank would last longer.
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Old 04-27-2005, 05:07 AM   #2
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Was the tank full when you started out, or was it the tank that the dealer had installed.
I found that my tanks were not filled to capacity when they were orginally filled by the dealer that sold me the unit.
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Old 04-27-2005, 12:26 PM   #3
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That is a good question. It was "filled" by the dealer, so you could be correct that is wasn't full.
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Old 04-27-2005, 12:35 PM   #4
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Actually that sounds about right. That furnace really uses the propane.
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Old 04-27-2005, 01:23 PM   #5
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I will have to agree, the furnace dose use it up. Was your Hot Water Heater on Gas? That uses a good amount, and you can run that off electric if you have power.
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Old 04-27-2005, 03:56 PM   #6
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2002dura, what was your thermostat setting on the furnace? Actually, that usage sounds a bit excessive to me unless you had it set at 72 all night.

The fastest we ever use propane is 3 days on a tank. That includes nights in the teens and days in the mid to upper twenties or less. At night we turn the furnace down to 50 and run an electric heater upstairs with door closed. We also have the water heater on gas during that time, 24x7.

We emptied a bottle last week. We had been on that bottle for 3 weeks. The water heater was on gas 24x7, Vicki did some cooking with the oven and the stove for evening meals, and the furnace ran in the mornings, maybe an hour per day total. The furnace did not likely run overnight because the electric heater kept the living room in the low sixties. Most nights were down to the low forties, upper thirties, with one night to 27.

Make sure the fridge is not set to run on gas fulltime. Carlson probably nailed it.
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Old 04-27-2005, 04:28 PM   #7
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Only ran water on electric, temp. set around 68 at night. Furnace worked hard 2 nights. I think the bottles not full at start could be the answer.
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Old 04-27-2005, 07:18 PM   #8
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Well, we ran out after only 13 hours, so I will be willing to bet that the dealer didn't fill it up all the way.
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Old 04-28-2005, 12:53 AM   #9
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Most trailers have the old anolog type thermostat for the furnace. This type of thermostats will cause your furnace to start up sooner and shut down long after you attain proper temperature. Go to walmart and pickup a digital thermostat, I think they run around twenty to thirty dollars, follow the directions you will cut down on fuel usage. Travel trailers are always ten to twenty years behing as far as efficent eguipment.
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Old 04-28-2005, 11:13 AM   #10
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That 68 on the thermostat at night is probably what got ya. You might consider electric heaters for the bedroom and turn the furnace down to 55 or less at night. If temps are to be in the hard freeze range I'd use an electric heater upstairs but NOT downstairs so the furnace runs enough to keep the belly tanks and lines from freezing. If above freezing temps, then I'd use an electric heater downstairs, too. That's what we do, anyhow. The furnace will eat up that propane in a hurry.

If you are in a place for a month or more and expect to use a lot of propane, many parks will provide a 100 lb propane bottle, charging only for the propane. And at a cheaper rate than refilling your 30 pounder. You'll need to connect a hose for it, though.
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Old 04-28-2005, 12:41 PM   #11
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We found out our tanks lasted only six days when the temps went in the teens. We did set our temps at 72 degrees during the nights. But we are learning how to be more efficent as we go along. My guess is your tanks were not full.....
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Old 04-28-2005, 02:42 PM   #12
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We set ours at 72 day and 68 nite, at 20 degrees out side the furnace will run constantly to maintain the setting, in that kind of weather dry camping, using gas and 12v for everthing a tank will last 2 days but 2 12 volts wont, I will add 2-6 volt to 1 12 this summer.
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