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Old 09-17-2020, 08:01 AM   #1
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Possible regulator issue or leak?

We arrived at our campsite last night. When I opened the cover of the LP tanks I smelled a little bit of LP. We had been driving in 95 degree heat for >5 hours, so I figured a bit of LP may have escaped.

I checked the valves and connections and they all seemed fine, so I went ahead and opened one of the valves. Stove wouldnít turn on, either with the built in igniter or a lighter, and we didnít smell any LP.

I turned off both valves, then disconnected and bled them. I noticed then that the regulator was still showing green, and this was true in both positions (left and right). I tapped it a few times but didnít help.

Then I reconnected one valve and slowly turned it on. The stove worked.

So, we now have LP but Iím worried about a potential safety issue and it seems the regulator isnít working? What would you suggest?
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Old 09-17-2020, 08:55 AM   #2
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If you opened the valves too quickly, the overflow protection system probably stopped the flow. Valves must be opened slowly!! With the heat, and if tanks were full, the relief valve might have opened to bleed off excess pressure, causing the odor. Keep an eye on the system, but nothing sounds like a major problem.
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Old 09-20-2020, 09:34 PM   #3
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Thanks, everyone. The propane worked just fine for the entire trip so I think you were right that I just opened it too quickly and/or the heat caused leakage.
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Old 09-20-2020, 10:53 PM   #4
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It is as was surmised the temperature change triggered the high outlet pressure protection mechanism and gas bled out causing the odor you detected. It also triggered the shut off mechanism which is why the system did not work until you bled it out and started over. All is well, false alarm. It happens sometimes.
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