Propane Meter - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-13-2009, 03:03 PM   #1
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15.00 and change at COSTCO if anyone is interested. Very easy to install, like the package says: No tools required.

https://www.flameking.com/products/index.html

edit: Can't find a COSTCO link, but they are there.....
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:02 PM   #2
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I love the "How it Works" link on Flame King's site. I went to the link because I was curious how it works (i.e. what mechanism; what it measures, etc.) Here's what is there:

Gas Level Indicator

When the cylinder has sufficient gas

As long as there is a workable amount of gas in the cylinder, the GasMeter gauge will show you everything is okay (yellow or green sections.)

When the gas is low...

The needle will fall to the red section indicating the pressure is low and the cylinder will soon be empty.


Well I never would have figured that out

I still want to know how it works...

Mike, how has it worked for you? Does it really give you a good idea of the level, or is it like those cameras that give you a "low battery" warning two seconds before they shut off? It would be useful if it works well

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Old 04-13-2009, 05:13 PM   #3
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I still want to know how it works...

Mike, how has it worked for you? Does it really give you a good idea of the level, or is it like those cameras that give you a "low battery" warning two seconds before they shut off? It would be useful if it works well

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Well, I just installed them (one on each tank) and as per directions, checked for leaks..ok...ran an appliance for a few minutes, then shut off the appliance. The needles have settled about where I thought they should based on when we filled these up and my best guess how much we have used them so far...beats the knock on the ol`canister technique to determine volume..all sounds the same to me anyway..

The directions say you`ll get the best readings after a session using propane. (Maybe after cooking, furnace, or fridge..)

AT first glance:
1. They fit great under the cowling
2. It took under 30 seconds to install both with out tools
3. They *appear* to register fairly close how full I thought they were. ( at least a ballpark is OK for me)
4. COSTCO`s 15.00 price ea. was very good.
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Old 04-13-2009, 05:27 PM   #4
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I'm a cheapskate when it comes to gadgets, so I just pour a cup of hot water from the kettle on one side of the tank, then slide my finger downwards along that side until it feels cold. That's your exact level, and it will never let you down.
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Old 04-13-2009, 06:19 PM   #5
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Ooh, good one, Daniel. Thanks!
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I found that meter to be a waste of my money and time -- It only measures the gas pressure, so as long as the tank is reasonably full, the pressure will be good -- When the tank gets almost empty, the pressure drops slightly so what you get is an early warning that you are about to run out -- I gave mine away.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:58 PM   #7
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I found that meter to be a waste of my money and time -- It only measures the gas pressure, so as long as the tank is reasonably full, the pressure will be good -- When the tank gets almost empty, the pressure drops slightly so what you get is an early warning that you are about to run out -- I gave mine away.
I second Pete's opinion; it is just a pressure gauge not a liquid level gauge.
SureFlame tanks by Manchester have a better level indicator then just pressure and I believe have seen them in Costco. I believe these tanks utilize actual OPD shut-off float for level gauge. They are only available in 20lb tanks. Their range is within the upper levels of propane because OPD float has reasonably short stroke.
I just purchased 2 30lb Manchester tanks with full range mechanical gauges and they were unreasonable expensive.
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Old 04-14-2009, 01:49 AM   #8
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I just sent a inquiry to this company too see if they can be used legally on a trailer.

You can see through them. They are fiberglass.

Not much info on there web page.

http://www.litecylinder.com/

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Old 04-14-2009, 02:03 AM   #9
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Never mind, I just received this in the mail.


Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

info[at]litecylinder.com

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I just sent a inquiry to this company too see if they can be used legally on a trailer.

You can see through them. They are fiberglass.

Not much info on there web page.

http://www.litecylinder.com/

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Old 04-14-2009, 06:38 AM   #10
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There are other fiberglass tanks out there. I did a quick check on one I found and it is a couple tenths bigger in diameter and a few inches taller than the same capacity 20 pound Manchester steel tank. It may be just me, but having the tank at the front of the trailer, I'd like my tank covers to fit over whatever fiberglas tank I'd consider for stone pecking protection.
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:34 AM   #11
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I'm not sure what happened with the e-mail, but I believe Lite Cylinder is still ticking along. I nearly bought one last week. They're more expensive than steel, and in the range of 6# lighter when empty (forget exactly now). You can see through them to determine the level of the propane.

Knowing fiberglass and UV, I would probably make a cover for one.

I decided against it because neither the base nor the upper rim woul fit my mounting pad/bracket without modification of them, and when the tank is full the amount lighter it is than a steel one is less, proportionally. On a boat, sitting in saltwater and having to carry the tanks in the dinghy, etc., I probably would have gone for the fiberglass.

I don't see why it would be any less safe on a camper than steel. I did note that it said on the website that they were not legal for sale in Louisiana, but my guess would be that the laws have just not caught up with the technology yet, rather than it being that they were actively declared unsafe there. I do see on the web where it says that Lite Cylinder composite cylinders are approved by DOT special permit #14562 .

There is one other brand (at least), but I can't think of the name right now. The web over the tank is more a pattern of cut out circles instead of channels. I don't think the other company makes 10# tanks yet.

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Old 04-14-2009, 09:58 AM   #12
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15.00 and change at COSTCO if anyone is interested. Very easy to install, like the package says: No tools required.

https://www.flameking.com/products/index.html

edit: Can't find a COSTCO link, but they are there.....
Got mine (same thing) at Sams Club last fall. Have been using it this winter on the BBQ and it counts down quite accurately as advertised. This is a good product, worth having, IMO. It will go on the Casita when we pull it out of the garage this spring!

Sams Club still has it---saw them in the "seasonal" area when I was there last week.

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate....amp;item=387249
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Kudos to CampingWorld for honest review. Quote: “If needle is in the yellow LOW GAS zone, this is your early warning propane is getting low. Depending on ambient temperature, you have only 10-15 minutes of appliance use time left, ……..If needle is in the red REFILL zone, refill cylinder now to avoid running out of propane while cooking”


This pressure gauge should be called 15 min. warning gauge.


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FWIW, virtually every propane fitting that attaches to the ACME fitting on the tank has a stop flow device already. If your trailer has the green knob fittings, they too have one. The "emergency flow restrictor" is pretty much advertising speak for taking advantage of something I believe they have to have and which you probably already have anyhow. True enough but a little bit like "A DUCK! Now with two web feet and it quacks!"

I have one that I use on my small 11 pounder I use for the grill but it doesn't do much except go red in a rush at the end of the tank. Since I only grill a steak or a couple brats at a time it gives me adequate warning.

I do like the Sureflame gauge and would upgrade a some point, but with the auto changeover covering me anyhow it would be pretty far down my list of mods. But if I had only one tank it would shoot to near the top of future mods.
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