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Old 04-14-2019, 05:03 AM   #31
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We use a Mopeka LP Tank Check system -

AP PRODUCTS 0241000 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019QGLVJ2..._gMYSCbQR3XZ9D

Using this monitor system, we can keep the propane selector switch in the center position, drawing from both tanks, while still easily keeping an eye on the level of propane in each tank, without having to physically check each tank. It is very convenient and easy, and we can check the tanks’ levels at 03:00 hours, in cold wet rain, from the comfort of our RV.

I installed the monitor immediately above our RV’s control panel and also use the iOS app on both my, and my wife’s, iPhones and iPads to check the level of propane in both tanks. Using the iOS app, we can be inside the 5th, outside of it, or anywhere within thirty feet or so of it and still check the propane levels. (The signals are sent via Bluetooth.)

The monitor is set for 20 lb tanks and cannot be changed so, for our application, since we have 30 lb propane tanks, the included monitor shows the tanks as being full until they are emptied to about 50 or 60 percent. However, using the iOS app, we can see, in 1% increments, the exact level of propane in each tank. It is very impressive.

If we run out of propane now, it is only because we are too lazy to open the app on our devices and check the propane levels!
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Old 04-14-2019, 05:22 AM   #32
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We use a Mopeka LP Tank Check system -
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If we run out of propane now, it is only because we are too lazy to open the app on our devices and check the propane levels!

Not to say your system isn't effective, but exactly the same can be said about the automatic changeover regulator: "If we run out of propane now, it is only because we are too lazy to look at the position of the arrow and whether the indicator is red or green (which tells us the propane status in the tank).

I've always been inclined not to rely on battery powered accessories to monitor/operate sub-systems in anything. Simple mechanical devices that do the same thing often are less expensive and don't rely on a CR2032 battery that doesn't work effectively when cold. That's just my "old aeroplane background" where every system has a mechanical backup or it doesn't fly.... YMMV
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Old 04-14-2019, 06:39 AM   #33
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Just one more question:

have we run out of gas on this topic yet
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:07 AM   #34
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We have it great nowadays. I used to rv with only 1 tank hooked up at a time. When it ran out it was a a big pain. With 2 and a auto switch is problem solved.
Like every system on the RV, I check them while camping. When I see the red I change out that tank.
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:21 AM   #35
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Chuckster57, my apologies for opening this can of worms. I thought it was a simple question but led to much more complicated discussion. My question was indeed answered quickly which is why I love this forum.
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:28 AM   #36
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We use a Mopeka LP Tank Check system -

AP PRODUCTS 0241000 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019QGLVJ2..._gMYSCbQR3XZ9D

Using this monitor system, we can keep the propane selector switch in the center position, drawing from both tanks, while still easily keeping an eye on the level of propane in each tank, without having to physically check each tank. It is very convenient and easy, and we can check the tanks’ levels at 03:00 hours, in cold wet rain, from the comfort of our RV.

I installed the monitor immediately above our RV’s control panel and also use the iOS app on both my, and my wife’s, iPhones and iPads to check the level of propane in both tanks. Using the iOS app, we can be inside the 5th, outside of it, or anywhere within thirty feet or so of it and still check the propane levels. (The signals are sent via Bluetooth.)

The monitor is set for 20 lb tanks and cannot be changed so, for our application, since we have 30 lb propane tanks, the included monitor shows the tanks as being full until they are emptied to about 50 or 60 percent. However, using the iOS app, we can see, in 1% increments, the exact level of propane in each tank. It is very impressive.

If we run out of propane now, it is only because we are too lazy to open the app on our devices and check the propane levels!
I agree. I've had the Mopeka sensors and monitor installed on my rig for 3 seasons. It's accurate, hasn't failed, and gives me the convenience of using both the monitor and my phone. The batteries are changed out before the start of each season and last all the way through our Halloween camping nights. This was one of our top 5 mods to the trailer.

Btw, they do sell sensors now that are specific to the larger 30# tanks.
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Old 04-14-2019, 11:12 AM   #37
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Old 04-18-2019, 10:28 AM   #38
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The tank level system is available with either software for use with your phone or a stand alone receiver. Also should note that the little rubber feet they give you to raise your tank enough so the sensor fits under it are a PITA. I put little 1/2 aluminum blocks in the tank holders in 3 stops to I didn't have to mess with the lost rubber blocks that go flying as you try and put your tank back in your rig after filling. Also slightly cheaper through Amazon and Feebay.
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Old 04-18-2019, 01:21 PM   #39
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Propane

I leave one on and when it runs out I swith,, and yes I have had to go out in the cold, but I have had them both on and ran out and ended up froze to death by morning,, at my age you get forgetful
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Old 04-18-2019, 03:17 PM   #40
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I open one tank. When things sputter I open the second tank and get the first one filled.
I like to keep my life simple.
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