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Old 07-07-2007, 11:05 AM   #1
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Can a propane generator freeze the regulator?

I am considering getting either the Honda 2000 or the Yamaha 2400 generator and buying a conversion kit to allow it to run on propane. I would also like to connect it into the trailer's propane system. A service manager at an RV dealership recommended against using propane generators because they can pull too much propane through the trailer's regulator causing it to freeze. Has anyone experienced this before? I really like the idea of propane because I pull with an SUV and don't want to carry gas inside the vehicle.

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Old 07-07-2007, 11:12 AM   #2
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It is possible, although I haven't seen it with a generator. I HAVE seen it on some trucks I used to service, mainly in wintertime. If it turns out to be a problem, a regulator is only a few bucks, and you can leave it hooked to the generator when traveling.

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Old 07-07-2007, 11:25 AM   #3
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I don't really know if what you were told about the propane freezing is true or not, but it shouldn't really matter. I would simply use a separate LP supply hose for the generator and hook it directly to one on the Airstream's tanks. This way the LP supply for the generator would not even being going through the Airstream's regulator.
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:13 PM   #4
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If you look at this site you will see a second regulator and the adapter needed to hook it up.
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Depending on the manufactures recomended pressure you can set the second regulator as needed. Just make sure the full flow rate of the regulator is enough for the generator.

If you did freeze your regulator it most likely was because of the Total Draw, generator, refigerator, stove, heater, hot water heater, or some combination of these, that caused the freeze. I doubt if the generator alone would have any effect
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Thank you for the responses. You've convinced me to stick with my original plan and go propane.
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