Grill Pro propane gauge - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-06-2008, 09:04 PM   #1
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As I only have two 20 lb propane tanks in my new Bigfoot, and one tank is easier to access, I purchased a Grill Pro propane gauge from Home Depot. I had not used the propane for several months, and yesterday, installed the gauge. I turned on my tank and the red indicator appeared on my auto switch over propane regulator. I made an assumption that my change over regulator was defective and had my dealer investigate. It appeared that this new gas line addition affected the propane pressure, blocking flow. I will have a small bill to pay. If you have a single tank system or do not have a change over regulator, you may be able to use this device. Thought I would pass it on and perhaps save someone else a bit of money. I never drew the connection between the gas valve addition and the loss of propane.

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Old 03-06-2008, 09:20 PM   #2
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Rick, those gauges donít really give a clear indication of how much propane you have in a tank. What they do is show how much pressure is in the tank. If there is any propane they show FULL because propane vaporizes at full pressure.

A better indication of how much propane is in a tank is an infrared temperature gage. Here again though, it only works after a tank has been being used for a short time. The use causes a great temperature drop in the upper section. At the level of liquid in the tank, there will be a noticable temperature change.

I hope this helps.
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Rick, those gauges donít really give a clear indication of how much propane you have in a tank. What they do is show how much pressure is in the tank. If there is any propane they show FULL because propane vaporizes at full pressure.

A better indication of how much propane is in a tank is an infrared temperature gage. Here again though, it only works after a tank has been being used for a short time. The use causes a great temperature drop in the upper section. At the level of liquid in the tank, there will be a noticable temperature change.

I hope this helps.
Great Mike, I have an infrared temp gauge, so best to try this. Thanks for the tech information.
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:46 AM   #4
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Those propane gauges are on sale at BJ's Whosale Club for less than $13 USD.
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Old 03-08-2008, 02:01 PM   #5
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You might want to check and see if there is a small screw on the side of the valve. I think it's a bleed screw, it might be loose enough to leak propane.
My brother in laws 100lb tank at his house had this problem. Mystery propane loss over a long period of time.
One quick tighten and all fixed.
I'm not sure if our 20lb have these screws and it's too cold to go outside and look.
Maybe some of our warm weather friends can check theirs.
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