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Old 08-10-2015, 10:02 PM   #1
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Thoughts on Leaving Propane On for Furnace at Night?

Hi Friends,

I'm a big stickler on safety and always turn my propane tank off immediately after cooking during the day. But it's been so darned cold and damp again while camping here I woke up freezing last night.

Was wondering how everyone feels about leaving propane tank turned on during the night in case you want to throw heat on for a minute? I have the regular suburban furnace. I can keep the thermostat off (digital) and then just slide heat button to on if need be?

Unfortunately I didn't bring my sleeping bag this time as weather report looked great but now I wish I would have. Thoughts?

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Old 08-10-2015, 10:26 PM   #2
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I leave mine on all the time... It's a good idea to have a propane detector just in case.
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Old 08-10-2015, 10:32 PM   #3
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I open the valve prior to leaving home and do not close it until retuning home, and sometimes use no propane at all. So it's on all of the time the trailer is in use. On the other hand, if I leave the campsite, I will shut off the valve at the water supply. I worry more about a water leak than a propane leak.


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And when you turn the propane ON, turn it all the way ON, there is a seal for full open that seals the stem as well as one for full closed that seals the tank.
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I leave mine on while camping and leave the furnace set so that it will automatically kick in if temps get to low.
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Yep, we do the same as Carol. That's what you have a furnace for!
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I leave mine on, it's nice to have hot water.
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Ok I feel much better hearing from all of you. I do turn the propane all the way on and last night before I heard from everybody I decided to just turn the furnace on once before bed, up to 70 and then I turned everything off. I have propane detector hard wired and scamps CO2 detector. I won't worry anymore. Thanks for your support.


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Keep in mind, when you are running on battery, that the furnace is a power hog. I moved the thermostat so that it was within arms reach of a nice warm bed. You can also just put a small switch in series with the thermostat next to the bed to turn ON 5-10 minutes before getting out into a nice warm coach.
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Thanks Bob. I'm always plugged in to shore as I camp at state parks. I'll get in trouble for creating another thread here, but quick question: in my 2012 standard 13er, does battery charge when driving with 7 pin plug, as well as when on shore power? I don't have one of those smart charger thingies, just the standard progressive dynamics converter that the trailer came with. Cheers!


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It' supposed to be charging, but you will have to verify that yourself. Just measure the battery voltage when the7 pin is disconnected and then connected with the engine running. It will jump up at least 1.2 volts when the TV is connected and running. If not, it's not charging from the TV. Let us know what you find.


BTW: We have a very small electric heater that we put on the floor when we have shore power. Saves LP and uses the power you are usually paying for.
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If you've leak tested your gas lines and connections and verified that your regulator is in good order, it's exactly as safe as having municipal natural gas turned on in your house all the time.

The difference, of course, is that houses don't bounce around on roads. A periodic rechecks of everything is prudent, but if you have done so, it's fine, and is meant to be left on when in use.

There are propane gas detectors, btw. Newer RVs come with them. Mount it near the floor inside.
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Steelypip, I bought the trailer in 2013 and haven't had a check of lines, etc. I do have a propane detector.

Bob, I have a digital volt meter plugged into a 12 volt receptacle in trailer now on shore power. It says 13.8 V. I have a little volt meter with needles. Black and red, don't know which side is pos or neg on that? Assume the red is pos and I would put that on pos terminal on battery and vice versa for negative?


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You didn't mention the year of your Scamp, but getting the LP system checked out should be at the top of any list for buying a used FGRV, especially if it is more than 5 y.o.

While a propane detector inside will offer you some protection, an external leak can be a bigger problem if undetected and LP pools under the trailer and a casual smoker happens to walk by one night on a trip to the loo.....

About the leads. Don't worry about which lead is which. If you connect backwards it will just read as a negative number.

The 13.8 volt value indicates that the battery charger is working. Disconnect the shore power, run some DC appliances to remove the "Surface Charge" voltage and read again, then connect the TV cord and run the engine and see what you have.
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