svonmiller
Greetings everyone,

I just bought a 2019 Retro 189R. We've never own an RV so we're pretty green.

We took it out this past weekend for our first time and had a great time. We're about to take a long trip to California (from Texas) and I'm curious if anyone has ever used a propane tank exchange, like Blue Rhino or Propane Taxi to swap out your DOT tanks rather than have them filled. Other than it being a bit pricey, can anyone think of any reason not to do this? 

Also, I ran the fridge on propane all weekend and we cooked a few times. We used electric for hot water so no propane usage there. Any idea how long two tanks will last with that kind of usage?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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sunvalleyjoe
you have to watch some of the exchange tanks. I exchanged a new empty tank for one of the BR and found out the tank needed to be re certified in 2 years and the one I exchanged for it was still good for 11 years. So I would recommended to fill the new tank. GBA!!SVJ
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Tiki2some
you have to watch some of the exchange tanks.... GBA!!SVJ


Have had similar experience, once. But, on the whole, they're pretty good and you'd be ok if you want to go that way. I prefer to save a few bucks, and re-fill my tanks. And finding an LP provider to refill is pretty easy. We have a couple within 10-15 min of home.
~ Linda & Bill
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sunvalleyjoe
in my area Reno Nv exchange tanks are$20 to get refill $12.50  GBA!!SVJ
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mkevenson
Your propane usage is low as you describe. I would say 10-20 days of usage as you describe. I personally try to keep one tank full as a backup. Hate to run out. 
Mark
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Tiki2some
We're two seasons in, and haven't used a full tank in either year ... but we're not heavy users. We're averaging 5-6 trips a season, 2-3 nights each, so within @mkevenson's parameters. Now this season, our first trip 2 weeks ago in PA mts., we ran the heater 2 days and nights. So it varies. 
~ Linda & Bill
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sunvalleyjoe
these new water heater have no adjustment for water temp .Water seems too hot but heater works real efficient no pilot saves gas Our Jayco has 10 gal hot water heater with pilot light is uses some gas but you can select temperature  GBA!!SVJ
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