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Old 02-24-2012, 01:37 PM   #1
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High Altitude Thin air and LP appliances (Deaeration)

Since I often camp at 7000 feet or more, I am curious about deration of the hot water heater and the refer. Does anyone have information about this? I believe it is a matter of changing an orifice and pilot adjustment. I suppose it may apply to the stove as well but I don't know. I just know that my previous trailer had problems with altitude, like soot and poor performance. All worked fine at sea level.

Any thoughts or links would be appreciated.


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Old 02-25-2012, 07:00 AM   #2
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Hi Jim,
I'm replying here mostly because no one else has and I wanted you to know your
message is out here!

I googled high altitude RV appliance use and found a thread on RV net here-
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Affects of Altitude and Temperature on Propane Use

Beyond what they say there I can only advise calling the tech line for your appliance.
We camped at the north rim of the Grand Canyon for a week and had no problems.
Actually we spent a month in Colorado and Utah with many days in the high country
and had no issues except my little Weber charcoal grill wouldn't burn with the lid
Also camped at Leadville CO which is over 10,000 a few years back and don't
remember any problems with hot water or refer then either.
I suggest just because your previous trailer had problems don't assume your
current one will.
I think it might be OK as is!

Good Luck and Happy Camping!

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Old 02-25-2012, 09:05 AM   #3
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I think there is a thread here too.
Traveling and only have my phone and searches are difficult.
Dan, try propane and altitude as search words.

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Old 02-26-2012, 09:55 PM   #4
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I have camped at sea level and as high as 8500 feet, I have never experienced any problems with the propane burners at any of these levels.

My curiosity is if the propane tanks have been purged and filled at sea level will this affect it? My home elevation is 3700 feet and that's where the tanks were initially purged, and filled most of the time.

I have never questioned this issue as it has never come up for me.

I do know that a bic style lighter is not any good above 8000 feet or so, not sure why, but there has to be some kind of philosophy behind it.
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