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Old 10-21-2003, 08:30 PM   #1
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Question Propane tanks question

Hello fellow airstreamers!



I just spent $160 on...

new propane tank valves
new regulator
two 40# tank fills.

I put it all together (with the expensive gas thread tape) and turn on the valves and .... nothing.

stove burner wont light.

I don't hear a hissing sound and I can't smell any rotten eggs.

any reason why the propane isn't flowing?

thanks!

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Old 10-21-2003, 09:29 PM   #2
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Each appliance has a cut off valve near it. I would check those first to see if they are closed. They will be a small in line petcock.

If that does not work, I would remove the tanks and make sure that cracking the valve allows gas to escape. If it does and the valves are open I would then look at replacing the regulator.

Do you have both tanks open?
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One last thought, I've been told to turn the gas bottles on slowly. A sudden rush of gas has been known to cause the safety in the new tank to shut down the gas flow. Try turning off the tanks and then turning them back on again.

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I thought is was the small valve you spoke of... but that was open as well.

I have both tanks wide open.

should I try removing the rubber flexable hoses then reinstall?

thanks for your help!!

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Sounds like a bad regulator to me. Disconnect at the point where the hoses connect to the regulator and see if the gas will flow.
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well...

the "open the valve slowly to pressurize the lines" idea worked!

I found a leak in the line from the regulator to the gas line going under the trailer.

I disconnected this line and found some crud in the seating. cleaned it out... no more leak!!

thank you soo much for the advice!

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well...

the "open the valve slowly to pressurize the lines" idea worked!

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Mark, it was a long shot but I have heard of this before and your experience pretty much confirmed its an issue to remember.

Glad it worked!

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So JC,

I guess this is essentially the safety device they put in what, the OPD tank valves, in case of a hose rupture?

If so it makes good sense to me. Inquiring minds want to know??

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So JC,

I guess this is essentially the safety device they put in what, the OPD tank valves, in case of a hose rupture?

If so it makes good sense to me. Inquiring minds want to know??

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Chas,

Yep this is one of the lesser known features of the OPD valves. Most everyone knows about the overfill protection and the easy connect threads. I was informed of this from Leroy at Bill Thomas Camper Sales when I took delivery of my Safari in 2001. He said turn the gas on slowly.

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