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Old 08-12-2019, 07:28 PM   #11
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We just got back from 5 days boondocking in a National Forest. Carried 2 20lb tanks.

After 5 days of cooking, heating hot water and running the heater once for about 30 minutes...we used 2/3rds of a tank. I was nicely surprised .

One thing I figured out was to not leave the water heater on all the time. Why bother? We use hot water in the morning and evening. So 1st one up turns it on, then I turn it off after about 30 minutes. Then before dinner, I turn it back on for another 1/2hr.
That's really all we need. Anything else, like a shower...we turn it on before the showers then turn it off afterwards. No sense leaving it on all the time.

BTW, we filled almost all of the black tank (29gl) and 2/3rds of the gray tank (39gl)...and used only 1/3rd of the fresh water (56gl).

We think the only reason we are this frugal is we own a 23ft sailboat. No tanks at all! The Admiral is very good at conservation....
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Old 08-13-2019, 12:25 PM   #12
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I found the problem. There is a check valve on both sides of the switch regulator and the one going to the secondary regulator was stuck shut. I have a new one coming tomorrow cost $9.00.
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:15 PM   #14
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I found the problem. There is a check valve on both sides of the switch regulator and the one going to the secondary regulator was stuck shut. I have a new one coming tomorrow cost $9.00.

You can live without those. It's a CYA thing.
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:56 PM   #15
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Check valve

I donít think Dutchman would spend the money for the check valves if they arenít a good idea? I talked to several technicians and the said the same thing as your saying. I was warned to make sure I donít remove a bottle with the other bottle connected. One tech told me to just drill out the guts of the check valve.
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The check valves are probably part of the regulators so Dutchman is out of the picture so no loss to them.
Propane and regulators have been around for a few years with the POL connections but since we are protected from ourselves we have to have all the safety gadgets.
You should use them but I was saying if in a pinch, you could go without them until the replacement arrives.
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The check valves are probably part of the regulators so Dutchman is out of the picture so no loss to them.
Propane and regulators have been around for a few years with the POL connections but since we are protected from ourselves we have to have all the safety gadgets.
You should use them but I was saying if in a pinch, you could go without them until the replacement arrives.
Yes, I agree.
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