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Old 01-21-2013, 11:14 AM   #1
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Is propane NEEDED?

IF, I will not use the stove, heater, or fridge on propane, would I need propane AT ALL? Thinking I wouldn't miss that bottle, at all....

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Old 01-21-2013, 11:21 AM   #2
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It wouldn't hurt anything to remove the tank; to me, though, propane is the key to independence. It frees you from reliance on paid electrical sites, and lets you have all the conveniences wherever you happen to end up.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:23 AM   #3
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I like it for the stove but you could get by with a portable bbq/grill and use throw away bottles. In my opinion 12v high efficiency compressor fridges are the only way to go. If you are hooked up, or have solar, their cooling capability is far superior and they don't need to be leveled. Gas absorption fridges on 12v are worthless as are those cheap little thermoelectric coolers.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:35 AM   #4
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I like it for the stove but you could get by with a portable bbq/grill and use throw away bottles.
"Throw away" sounds like a care-free way to go, until you find yourself buried in garbage.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:48 AM   #5
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You're right, perhaps a smaller refillable container.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:10 PM   #6
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I don't have a frig or heater(gas) in my trailer. I use a campstove to cook on with either throw away cannisters or I put a 20# tank in for the trip.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:12 PM   #7
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With a 2008 you should have a bulkhead propane connector on the shell. If you choose to go without propane I would disconnect the propane hose and cap the trailer connector at this point. Then store your regulator and hose for future use, if you choose to add it back later or when you sell the trailer.
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Unless you have no use at all for propane and/or want to substantially lighten your trailer tongue, I see no benefit to leaving the bottle home.

If you use any propane at all, the trailer tongue is the safest place to carry it, and bulk is MUCH cheaper than throwaways. I use a connection permanently mounted on my trailer tank to feed my outside bbq, too.

It's very handy!

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If you knew you would be hooked to the grid at all times, and used an electric hot plate for cooking, you could get away with it.

Like many, boondocking is my primary for of camping, and we rely on propane for everything but lighting, so for me, the more propane, the better.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:44 PM   #10
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Being able to cook , heat water and refrigerate food without electricity is a major advantage in my view. We have been camping in areas when there were major storms which caused the loss of electricity and being able to run our appliances on propane was a blessing
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If you remove the propane bottles, CAP off the connection on the camper so Moisture, Mud dobber and other stuff can get in there. This is MOST important should U or someone else ever want to reconnect the tank(s).
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:16 PM   #12
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Personally I find propane highly useful while camping and would not want to be without it.

It's the 'natural gas' I could do without...
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:27 PM   #13
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One mans trash is another mans treasure. Despite my electrical roots I really like my gas fridge for my style of camping. It's very true, it will not quickly cool your six pack or even come close to performing like your home fridge. You need the compressor version for that. But with no moving parts, long life and minimal maintenance it keeps my milk, and other supplies cold and runs for a very long time on very little propane. I find the simplicity appealing. I have owned two trailers. Both had propane fridges and neither worked well. In both cases the manufacturers installation instructions were ignored. . I bet that happens all the time. Once corrected they worked good enough for my needs, though if I lived in the south I might not be quite so enthusiastic.

Since I like to cook inside my trailer on occasion and the overhead for an electric cook top is a little much, a gas cook top is the obvious choice. Thus, I have the gas already...... Raz

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Old 01-21-2013, 06:30 PM   #14
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Thanks for the replies, some things to think about! I was/am considering just going solar. Not concerned with cost as much as "do-ability".

A few years ago, husband and I spent a week in my brother's 32 foot travel trailer, parked on the Harley Hotel parking lot in Dallas, TX (for a dog show). We had battery and propane, no electric or water hookups.

We used those little Dollar Store push lights when we wanted light and cooked outside (warmed water, really!) when we needed. We were busy enough that we really didn't need much, and spent most all of our time outside.

Soooo, my thoughts were it's just me, I don't need/want much, don't intend to always use hook-ups, maybe solar would work well for me.

If YOU have solar, what has worked well...or NOT...for you?

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