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Old 03-20-2016, 08:53 PM   #1
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Propane Tank gauge

Most all the tank gauges look the same and not to expensive but what are some of the better ones you have used since I would like to get two just to make it easy to see whats left.
Got spoiled all these years with the MH with it built in and just touch a button.

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Old 03-20-2016, 10:02 PM   #2
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IMO save your money, I've tried the one that goes between the bottle & the hose & it shows full til empty, not very accurate in between. I've had better luck just lifting the bottle. Someone else may have had better luck with those or offer something that actually works, just my .02cents.
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BTW, since Oct I've only filled my 30# bottle twice & I use the curbside bottle for grilling, so I don't have to keep to close of an eye on them anyway.
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Old 03-21-2016, 12:00 AM   #4
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Just did a bunch of quick research and as mentioned it looks like none of those work well if at all.


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Have you looked at the composite tanks, I think they are 31 lb tanks, you are supposed to be able to see the fluid in them and they are light weight. They are around $300 each. After I saw the price I changed my thoughts about these. But they would look good in your trailer.
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Old 03-21-2016, 01:19 AM   #6
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A handheld ultrasonic unit is available. Looks interesting.

Fill level indicator Truma LevelCheck

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Old 03-21-2016, 02:11 AM   #7
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Char & Steve,
I too use very little propane. I depend on the crossover valve, leaving both tanks open all the time. Once the 'main' or selected tank goes empty, the red indicator goes on and I fill the empty tank. Once again, we use so little propane, I don't have to check it often.

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Chris,
I tried those too and was glad I got it thru Amazon so I got a full refund

Actually had ok luck with the inline ones, yes they were perfect, but at least gave an idea of where they were at...
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Old 03-21-2016, 05:45 AM   #9
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ya, the success on the MH is I believe they are true floats on the liquid level.
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I use the Brinkman propane gauges. They work ok but it will never work like a fuel gauge, because it operates off of pressure. So I do see it green when full and it turns yellow at some point (not sure if this is about 1/2 full or not), and then turns red near empty.
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We picked up a product from Mopeka.com, they were at the Tampa Super Rv show, they work with Android or I phones, specify your phone, you place the two sensors below your cylinders, and all you do is download their app. and it tells you percentage of gas left in tanks, have had no problem with them so far, refilled tanks by their info in Va Beach worked great.
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Not to hijack the thread but let me know how the IS install turns out. Make sure you do a couple hundred miles in the area out there to check the spring rates.
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Thanks Vaughan, will do that.
Our Kitty likes to sit there also.
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A handheld ultrasonic unit is available. Looks interesting.

Fill level indicator Truma LevelCheck

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When these came out I bought three of them, one for me and two others were gifts. They work perfectly. I use it all the time and it is dead on every time.
Sometimes it's hard to use when the bottom of the tank has ice on it but scrape it away and it reads no problem.
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We picked up a product from Mopeka.com, they were at the Tampa Super Rv show, they work with Android or I phones, specify your phone, you place the two sensors below your cylinders, and all you do is download their app. and it tells you percentage of gas left in tanks, have had no problem with them so far, refilled tanks by their info in Va Beach worked great.
That looks cool! Their site is down, but looks like it may measure liquid level sonically?
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AH !!! I was one of the early adopters of the electronic units and the instructions were not clear as to how to use it...

shows me why my two "lasers" may not have worked !

I did all the 'hold it straight', "clean off tank", "no rust..", etc...
but I held the trigger down and dragged the unit up and down!

They show holding it in one position and measuring...
then let off the trigger and then move it to recheck - the original instructions did not show that - so maybe they are good for the smaller tanks.
Well, ours was the 40 lbers in the 38gk, so not something you wanted to hoist around unless you had too !
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