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- June 25, 2017 at 8:25 pm #60598
We have the 30 pound tanks and run one at a time so that we have a full back up tank when the first one goes empty. My question; is there a reliable method to estimate quantity left in the operating tank before it goes empty? Is the condensation line on the tank when supplying gas a good indicator or is there some other technique that works?
George and Gretchen
Gig Harbor, Wa.
Hull Number 178June 25, 2017 at 9:22 pm #60616
geOParticipant@geoJune 25, 2017 at 9:39 pm #60625
When at the recent Oliver rally, the Truma representative gave a presentation on the Truma tankless water heater. After the presentation, I won a http://www.levelcheck.com/us/ propane level indicator by answering one of his questions proving I was paying attention. 🙂
It works most of the time, you need a good clean contact between the probe and the tank. It works using ultrasound, and the light turns either green or red, and there’s an audio sound that represents propane or no propane. There’s a video on the site to show how to operate it.
I think it’s a little pricey at $70, but I’m happy to have won it. I see something similar on Amazon for $18 and another for $40. Search for “propane level indicator”.
)June 25, 2017 at 11:10 pm #60631
Thanks guys. Good info. I’ll check it out.
George and Gretchen
Gig Harbor, Wa.
Hull Number 178June 26, 2017 at 12:53 am #60634
We boondock a lot and leave both tanks open, I check the gauge every week or 2 and go from there. If it’s still green in 2 weeks, I’ll plan on filling them both in another week. Or I just plan on filling them every other time that we go out to dump the black tank unless we are using the propane Campfire a lot because that will run a tank out in around 20 hours of use. You can also use the condensation mark or tap on them, but being we live in ours full time, I plan on filling up every 3 weeks. My personal estimate for us is one tank every 2 weeks and so far I have been right on, not having them take over 11gallons so far. So I fill the empty and top off the other basically every 3 weeks.
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Click on our avatar pic above to find the videos on our Oliver Legacy Elite IIJune 26, 2017 at 8:06 am #60652
Another option for you! I purchased a set of these after returning home with our new Oliver in April. Hull # 204. Yes, it cost but never guessing at amount of propane in the tank again. The gauges are viewable thru the porthole option from OTT using a flashlight. I use one of the new/slightly used 30 lb. cylinders that came with our Ollie on our back deck for Camp Chef and Weber grill. Obviously can go a long time without needing propane at home. Sold the other to a friend who was tired of his cylinder on his deck running out. He grills several times a week!
Malcolm and Ursula M.
2017 Legacy Elite II Hull # 204 "Olivia"
2016 Ram 2500HD Diesel 4x4June 26, 2017 at 1:06 pm #60688
Would be nice to have but, waaaay too much $$$. I have taken mine off and just weighed them. I saw somewhere that someone was using a luggage scale to weigh their tanks. Much cheaper solution. Thanks for sharing.
Cash - AKA Sitting BullJune 26, 2017 at 2:47 pm #60709
I use this at home with grill and generators. Great Bluetooth iPhone App interface and very accurate in all weather. They also sell a remote monitor module.
http://AP Products 024-1001 Propane Tank Gas Level Indicator https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C5RQJHS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_NqwuzbXXMR1RCJune 26, 2017 at 5:31 pm #60736
Pour a cup of hot water down the tank. Where the condensation forms is the propane level. They do have stick on gauges (magnetic) available at camping stores that us same principle.June 26, 2017 at 5:59 pm #60742
Here is a recent blog posting that gives accurate measurement with a small scale:
I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth 08' Oliver Legacy Elite HULL NUMBER 0003(sold)June 26, 2017 at 8:40 pm #60751
Propane weighs 4.2 pounds per gallon at 60* f. In the photo above the number on the left is the full weight. The number on the right is the empty weight. simple math tells us that the tank can hold 31 pounds of propane, or roughly 7.4 gallons of propane.
A quick weigh on the bathroom scales will tell you exactly how much propane is in the tank.
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