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Old 06-17-2014, 04:17 PM   #1
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Question External Propane Guage

My exterior propane gauge has stopped working. The needle is no longer visible it is hidden behind the section that is not visible. Tank is full, maybe even overfull, I have no way of knowing.

I believe the interior guage gets its reading from the exterior one so it is showing empty.

Anyone else have a problem like this?


I think an attendant managed to overfill the tank once which may have cused the problem. Not sure though.
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Old 06-17-2014, 04:29 PM   #2
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My exterior propane gauge has stopped working. The needle is no longer visible it is hidden behind the section that is not visible. Tank is full, maybe even overfull, I have no way of knowing.

I believe the interior guage gets its reading from the exterior one so it is showing empty.

Anyone else have a problem like this?


I think an attendant managed to overfill the tank once which may have cused the problem. Not sure though.
Had the same issue. Needle was stuck behind the not visible part of the 360 degree dial. That was after it was filled. Took about a couple days to unstick during use of the propane and now shows half. Funny thing was, I kept monitoring it but all of a sudden it appeared showing half. Not sure exactly when it unstuck. Panel shows 2/3rds.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:06 PM   #3
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External Propane Gauge

Chad freed the gauge with a few gentle taps with a brass hammer on the edge of the mounting nut located just behind the face of the gauge.

If you need service in the North San Diego county area I highly recommend Desert Sport RV in Vista, CA.

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Thanks for service recommendation
We live in pq and hate the service dept at the dealer we bought from


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Chad freed the gauge with a few gentle taps with a brass hammer on the edge of the mounting nut located just behind the face of the gauge.

If you need service in the North San Diego county area I highly recommend Desert Sport RV in Vista, CA.

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Did Chad explain what was the issue that itdidn't display and stays hidden. Also, when yours unstuck using the "hammer method" what did it register.
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NO explanation for why it was stuck. We did have a rookie fill the tank at one point and may have overfilled which pegged the needle where it was not visible. I know the tank itself is not supposed to permit over fill, but that that's the hypothesis.

When the needle on the tank was not visible the monitor panel displayed one led, or E.

Now that the dial is unstuck it reads just under 1/2 and the panel displays 3 leds, or 2/3 full. There is no reading for 1/2 so I guess it reads on the high side.

Curious that it shows the exact same reading as yours did!
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Lets keep on this to see if its a one occurance or not. With my 1\2 reading, it actually could have been right at that point, being I was in use mode on the propane, and it could have shown higher, but I didn't catch it early enough.
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I just took a look at my propane supply, no needle visible on the outside gauge and only one light on the inside. I filled the tank before I winterized so there should be propane in the tank. I was going to take it in for a propane system check but now I'll try the brass hammer method first.
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I purposely ran down the propane level before the hammer was employed.

If it is truly overfilled and pegged you may not move the needle.


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