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Old 06-14-2013, 05:44 PM   #15
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No better than pouring hot water down the side IMHO.
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Much easier though, and less messy especially in freezing temps.
I don't understand how pouring water down the side of a tank with the "gauge" strip stuck to it is "much easier" or "less messy" than pouring hot water down the side of a tank without a strip stuck to it; am I missing something?
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:17 PM   #16
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I think I may have the automatic switch over...
How can you tell?
An automatic changeover control is normally built into a regulator, and has both a knob (usually black) to select which tank is used first, and a red/green indicator that shows whether the selected tank still has pressure (green) or has run out (red); red also means that the changeover should have occurred, so the non-selected tank should be in use.

These devices are controlled and operated by propane pressure, so they can switch prematurely, or fail to switch at all, under abnormal conditions of outdoor temperature or rate of chilling caused by the rate of propane use. In normal camping conditions they seem to work fine.

For convenience there is also a remote indicator available for at least some Marshall models which shows the red/green status, in case you want to see it somewhere that you cannot see the regulator.
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I don't understand how pouring water down the side of a tank with the "gauge" strip stuck to it is "much easier" or "less messy" than pouring hot water down the side of a tank without a strip stuck to it; am I missing something?
Exactly my point. Thanks for agreeing.
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Jim, seriously, I don't get it. The strip was mentioned, Tom said it wasn't any more convenient than just pouring hot water on the tank, and you said it was "Much easier though, and less messy especially in freezing temps." It's the same; how can it be "much easier though, and less messy especially in freezing temps"? Just sarcasm?
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Like I said in my first post, I just think the strip would be much easier to use. That's all.

I have used the water trick before, and just not a fan.
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I have used the water trick before, and just not a fan.
I would never have thought of using a fan, Jim.

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Groan......lol
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I use the hot water trick but in conjunction with a non-contact thermometer - same one I use to check my hubs.

Of course I could just touch the tank to feel the temperature difference , but would that be hi-tech?

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I have two tanks, so I just watch for the green to turn to red and if you have both tanks on it will switch over automatically. If you have only one tank. I like the lift method the best to check the weight or carry a spare tank.
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...... I like the lift method the best to check the weight or carry a spare tank.
My tank is bolted tight. To lift it, I have to loosen a bolt and undo the hose. Not convenient for me.
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Like I said in my first post, I just think the strip would be much easier to use.
I still don't get it. The strip might be easy to read, but you still need to pour hot water to use it, so I don't know where the ease of use comes from.
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Let's not overcomplicate!

The original question from Bob asked about whether a simple propane gauge which can be obtained for about $15 would let you know whether you have enough propane.

I think the answer is "yes".

We have been using one for four years and have never had a problem with it. When the gauge shows the propane level is low we can get the tank filled or swap it with one we know has enough propane. Simple.
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I still don't get it. The strip might be easy to read, but you still need to pour hot water to use it, so I don't know where the ease of use comes from.
I know a couple people with them and am fairly sure they don't pour hot water on them to read them. Almost positive. On Canada Day weekend there will be a trailer there with them, and I will quiz then on their experiences.
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I know a couple people with them and am fairly sure they don't pour hot water on them to read them. Almost positive. On Canada Day weekend there will be a trailer there with them, and I will quiz then on their experiences.
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A special thermochromic ink changes from yellow to orange when you pour water down the length of the gauge. Within a few seconds, the portion of the gauge that returns to yellow indicates the level of propane.
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