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Old 08-11-2004, 12:22 AM   #29
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Good News, Both Tanks were recertified and new OPD valves were installed. The new valves cost 19.00 each and refilling them was 13.50 each. 65.00 total.

Now I can finish polishing them.
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Old 08-11-2004, 12:26 AM   #30
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See there! That's peanuts in comparison to buying new ones!!!

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Old 08-11-2004, 12:32 AM   #31
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Really, I thought the new valves were goning to be the expensive part, but when they said 19 each I could hardly believe it. So I told them to get right on it in case they made a mistake or something, LOL
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Old 08-25-2004, 02:18 PM   #32
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Okay, I may have a problem, but I'm not sure. Today I started to move my tanks out of the way and I turned on a valve on one of the tanks. I just had new OPD valves installed to come up to date. Anyway I turned on a tank and nothing happened. It didn't burst forth that smelly substance we call propane gas. So I opened the valve on the other tank too, and nothing, not even a whisper.
The tanks are both full. You can feel the propane swishing around if you swing them a little.

Are the new valves not supposed to let propane out when you open them? Is this a safety thing? If so how does the gas go into your lines when they are connected?

Should I call the place back up where I had the valves installed?

Thanks for the help here.
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Old 08-25-2004, 02:22 PM   #33
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...Are the new valves not supposed to let propane out when you open them? Is this a safety thing? If so how does the gas go into your lines when they are connected?...
Bingo, Bingo, and when you screw the pigtail from your regulator onto the threads, a spring loaded, secondary valve opens to let the gas flow.

Your tanks are acting like they are supposed to.

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One other word of advice is to open the valves slowly. Supposedly a sudden rush of pressure can also trigger a safety built into the valves to prevent a discharge of gas if a hose is severed.

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Bingo, Bingo, and when you screw the pigtail from your regulator onto the threads, a spring loaded, secondary valve opens to let the gas flow.

Your tanks are acting like they are supposed to.

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Ok, now are the old fittings going to work on these new valves. The old fitting will screw to the inside and it has a small hole in its center, but it don't look like it can press in on a spring or anything.
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Also does this mean that I won't be able to fill my small propane bottles for my grill from these new valves. I have a fittting that worked on the old valves to fill up your bottles (The disposible bottle like on a small tourch)
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Ok, now are the old fittings going to work on these new valves...
Yes.
Although whoever set up the new rules would prefer you to use the external, right-hand Acme threads, the internal left-hand threads will still work just fine.

Although I installed a brand new regulator on my system, I chose to reuse the original, 1967, all- metal pigtails to connect the reg to the tanks. New style (neoprene?) pigtails don't appear to hold up to the sun very well if my propane BBQ grill is any indicator.

I can't speak to your bottle filler. But I don't know why it wouldn't still work.

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we have new aluminum tanks with the new valves on our bubble, they have a very annoying rattle to them when we walk about in the trailer ! is this an automatic shutoff , it sounds like a float of somekind ? our bubble has no fittings for shocks on the axle only leaf springs so every move is transfered to the body.
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...very annoying rattle to them when we walk about in the trailer ! is this an automatic shutoff , it sounds like a float of somekind ? ...
Yes, I believe the heart of the Overfill Protection Device is a simple float, similar in idea to what's in a toilet tank, to keep the refill attendant from overfilling the tank.

Keeping the tank full may lessen the rattle, but I doubt you can eliminate it.

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Yes, mine have that rattle too. I did see the new valves when they installed them and your right Tom, it looks like a small tubeular type float.

LOL - we probable will only have to put up with this design for a few years more before some genius redesigns the valve and we all have to get new valves installed. Next time they will probably make the inner threads obsolete so that everyone has to change over and they can make more money out of it...........
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thanks tom and john, the little bit of noise is annoying to me just glad to know its programed in rather than something broken. our insulation is settled, i pulled an interior pannel out and theres only about 1/3 coverage. when we reinsulate we probably wont hear it at all.
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LP tank Re qualifying?

I haven't noticed any noises of any kind from the Worthington aluminum LP tanks on either my '64 Overlander or '78 Minuet. The Overlander has three-year-old 40 pound Worthington aluminum LP cylinders that came with the new OPD style valves while the Minuet has original 20 pound LP cylinders that were fitted with new OPD valves when the tanks were recertified about 18-months ago. While I haven't noticed it having been discussed lately, there was a problem with some valve switch-overs using OPD valves with the incorrect dip-tube length (the aluminum cylinders use a different valve when compared to the same capacity steel tanks) - - I don't know whether an incorrect dip-tube length could cause audible noise or if it might be OPD valves of varying manufacture having different operational characteristics.

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