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Old 05-06-2014, 03:53 AM   #81
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I run off one propane bottle at a time, just my process, don't want to get some remote place & run out of propane on both bottles again.
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:05 AM   #82
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How do you know when one tank is getting low?

And, if you use one tank at a time and FORGET to fill the other one right away... how long do you have using one tank, based on just using it for cooking on stove top and occasional oven (and maybe to start water heater)?
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I have talked to several people that don't use the automatic changeover and I don't know why. Some of them aren't familiar with the way they work, but some say I don't want to totally run out of propane. I find that if I am using a fare amount of propane I will just check more often to see the if the flag is up. I would rather do this than have to get up in the middle of the night and open the other tank because the on that I was on ran dry.
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Old 05-06-2014, 05:40 AM   #84
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I have the following gauges on our 40lb tanks: http://www.amazon.com/GasWatch-TVL21.../dp/B000S5S3M4
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AWESOME! You'all are doing great. Keep up the feedback and I'll make sure to pull it all together and get the survey out.

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I have the 30# bottles & can go several months on one bottle unless it is super cold then one only last 5-7 days with furnace running. That's what I do Roger, when 1 bottle gets low I open both, got caught 1 time having to go out in the middle of the night.
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My wife and I workkamped for 4 years at a resort in Minnesota and I can't tell you how many times I had to explain to patrons how their propane auto-changeover worked so they would not run out of propane in the middle of the night. For the sake of someone not understanding how it works I will try to verbalize it. I hope this makes sense. The valve has a lever on it that will rotate from left to right. With both tanks open, turn the lever to the tank you wish to use(left or right) You should be able to see green in the glass portion of the valve.(this indicates propane in that tank) As long as both tanks are OPEN the system will draw from the one you have indicated until that tank is empty. At that time the system will switch to the other tank automatically and red will be displayed in the glass indicating that the tank you had initially chosen is now empty. This is when you flip the lever to the other tank and the green should then appear in the glass indicating fuel in that tank. At that time, you should disconnect the original tank and get it filled, reinstall it and open the tank so that when the second tank is empty, the system will draw from the newly filled tank at which time you change the lever over and continue the process. You should not be running out of fuel unless you ignore the color shown in the glass indicator. So, as long as you have both tanks open, the valve lever is just to indicate which tank you are using and whether it has fuel in it or not. I hope I have explained the system and not caused more confusion. It is a very good system and designed for you to have continuous fuel without running out.
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Great explanation...well stated and simple to understand!!!
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:07 AM   #89
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Great explanation on the valve operation...thanks!
I guess I'm partly overly compulsive, so I purchased an ultrasonic unit that sends a soundwave into a tank and will indicate how much liquid is actually left in the tank.
I have the 40# tanks and when they are filled, the level is about 80% of maximum. When empty, it appears to have less than 10% liquid in the tanks. I found the little meter to be very accurate and dependable. I've even been able to help out some of he folks we've met, in diagnosing their one-tank systems when they thought the tanks were full.
A handy tool that should rarely be needed if the changeover valve is functioning as designed but being a tool junkie, I thought I should add it to the collection.
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:21 AM   #90
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ok - someone mentioned a sightglass ?!?

On my old 5er had one, but not seeing on the new ACR-2 regulator...

pulled the cute little white cover to see what I could find... but not much:

edu-ma-cate me !
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