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Old 11-15-2009, 03:33 PM   #1
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I'll post this in general because...

It touches a couple of different topics. These problems may be operator error driven or something worse.

Since picking up our 1970 Caravanner in June we have had a few issues with our LP driven appliances.

The regulator at the twin tanks was shot, so we had that replaced right off.

The Stove and Stove pilot will light. The Oven pilot will light, the Oven itself will not.

The Water Heater will light. The LP feature on a Dometic Fridge will not.

The Furnace will NOT light here in Colorado, but lit just fine at Sea Level back in June.

My Search-fu is not very strong, can ya'all suggest a starting point to look here on the forums?

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Old 11-15-2009, 03:47 PM   #2
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You could have several problems.

First I would check the pressure after the regulator. Get 5 or 6 ft of 1/4 plastic tubing. Attach it to the gas line at any easy spot to reach. Pure some water into the tubing and form the tube into a loop with the water coming to rest in the loop. Now turn the gas bottles on and measure the difference between the water in the 2 sides of the tubing. This should be 11 ins of water column. You have tested the regular.

If this check out OK move to the stove. If not adjust the regulator to 11 ins.

At the stove check to see that the proof of flame, thermocouple, is in the pilot flame. If not move it into the flame and try the stove again. If the thermocouple is in the flame and the stove still will not light it may be dead.

Also at the refg. make the same check of the thermocouple. If that is OK remove the burner tube and check it for a spider nest. They love to live in these tubes and often cause poor or no flame problems
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