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Old 04-17-2011, 06:52 AM   #1
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Newbie question about propane tank?

Our 2009 Outlook (new to us in December) is in storage, so I can't go look at it. I don't know why I hadn't thought to check this before now, but we are heading out this week for our first time and it occurred to me to check the amount of propane in the tank so we have enough to get us through the weekend. Is there a gauge on the tank so you know how full it is? I know at home with the gas grill, you never know until it runs out. Sorry if this is a really dumb question, but we are totally new at this.
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Old 04-17-2011, 07:03 AM   #2
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Not dumb.. always good to ask if your unsure..

Yes, there should be a gauge to show you... it could be a simple 'red arc/green arc' type, the 'full/middle/empty line' type, or one that show percentages... but it should have one.

Now, the real question is, how big is the tank, and how much do you need to get through the trip?
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:03 AM   #3
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yes, there should be a gauge on the tank, and maybe a place on the holding tank panel that shows propane level too.
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:05 AM   #4
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I have no idea how big the tank is and I can't seem to find the information in the manual. We are just going away for a 3 day weekend, so I don't think we need that much. I just want to be sure it's not on empty when we leave, since the Outlook is used. I'm guessing the previous owner probably didn't use much though, as the stove looks like it's never been used!
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I have no idea how big the tank is and I can't seem to find the information in the manual. We are just going away for a 3 day weekend, so I don't think we need that much. I just want to be sure it's not on empty when we leave, since the Outlook is used. I'm guessing the previous owner probably didn't use much though, as the stove looks like it's never been used!
The stove isn't what uses much propane, it's the heat. We are out on our first trip in our new RV. Never used the stove but it's been in the upper 30's all weekend. We used a third of a 28 gal tank of propane in 3 days. Our previous RV was 3.5 years old and the stove had never been used (dw states she's "on vacation" when in the RV ) We went through at least 5 tanks of propane.

Better check that propane level. There is usually a gauge on the tank and a digital readout inside on your monitor panel.
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With temperatures forecast to be near 90 that weekend, we SURE won't be needing the propane for heat! LOL
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For Hot Water? Fridge? If you not gonna be hooked up, you'll need propane for those...
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:37 AM   #8
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No, we'll have water and electric, so we're OK there.
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Our 2009 Outlook (new to us in December) is in storage, so I can't go look at it. I don't know why I hadn't thought to check this before now, but we are heading out this week for our first time and it occurred to me to check the amount of propane in the tank so we have enough to get us through the weekend. Is there a gauge on the tank so you know how full it is? I know at home with the gas grill, you never know until it runs out. Sorry if this is a really dumb question, but we are totally new at this.
You have an 18 gallon propane tank. It looks like there isn't an inside gauge for the propane, so you will have to look at the gauge on the tank. I would fill it before starting out. You will need it for your refrigerator, water heater and furnace. Here is a brochure with all the specifications

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I'd fill it it were me. The gauge may not be accurate and you don't want to run out. I'd suggest you make of note of the gauge needle position if you have one and then you might have a feel for how long you can go between fills when the gauge reach reaches that point again.
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:31 PM   #11
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As John Hilley mentioned the propane tank holds 18 gallons of liquid. The OPD (overfill protection device) will only allow it to be filled to 80% of its capacity. That means if it's full to the point the opd shuts off the filling process it will hold only 14.4 gallons of propane.
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In our tt (hybrid) we camp about 50 nights a year. We might use the furnace 5 or 6 nights a season and do some cooking on the stove. 90% of the time the hot water tank is on electric. I'll go thru about two 20 gallon propane tanks a year. Since I have two 20 gallon tanks, as one runs out, it gets refilled before the next trip.
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With temperatures forecast to be near 90 that weekend, we SURE won't be needing the propane for heat! LOL
90, I am jealous. My point was the lack of stove use is no indication of how much LP the PO used. I'd top it off before your trip. We stopped on the way home this afternoon and put 12 gallons in our 28 gallon tank. Heat, hot water and lp for the fridge ate up a lot this weekend. We also ran the heat quite a bit this winter while prepping the brand new RV since we bought it in november.
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In our tt (hybrid) we camp about 50 nights a year. We might use the furnace 5 or 6 nights a season and do some cooking on the stove. 90% of the time the hot water tank is on electric. I'll go thru about two 20 gallon propane tanks a year. Since I have two 20 gallon tanks, as one runs out, it gets refilled before the next trip.
20 gallons or 20 pounds?
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