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I agree that there's no reliable way to know how much propane is left in the tank, except to weigh it. And, I believe a pressure guage is a good thing to help detect leaks.
But I believe that what most of us fear is running out of propane during a cruise, when there's not usually a filling station nearby. That actually happened to me a couple of years ago....ran out on the first day of a 5-day trip!
Now, I have a solution: I purchased a brass adapter which adapts the regular propane hose fitting (the one that screws onto your tank) to accept small propane bottles, such as are used in camp stoves, bar-b-que grills, etc. Boat US and West Marine have these adapters.
Then, I purchased two small propane bottles -- the squatty kind (Coleman, I believe) -- and built a mount for them next to the main propane tank. These little bottles are cheap, and will tide you over until you can find a place to refill the large tank.
Gotta have that coffee in the morning :-)
PS...find another place to refill your tank. Most places I've found will definitely fill a tank that's not empty yet. They simply place it on the scales, and fill it to the proper weight.
Last edited by btrayfors; 05-27-2008 at 11:25 AM.