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Old 09-23-2008, 09:19 AM   #11
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Most of us are betting on the dealer tossing a less than full tank on there
but you don't want to mess around with a possible leak fer sure.
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Old 09-23-2008, 11:22 AM   #12
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Thanks. We'll definitely look into it. There is a gas leak detector inside the trailer (next to the converter box). If there is a gas leak it may be by the valve.
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:18 PM   #13
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Thanks. We'll definitely look into it. There is a gas leak detector inside the trailer (next to the converter box). If there is a gas leak it may be by the valve.
If the leak is out side then the detector will not detect it, but the gas will dissipate. This is when soap testing come in, you my be able to smell it if there is no breeze. Don't forget to check the regulator at the tanks and all hose and tank fittings and the regulator at the furnace.
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All the buttons and such on a RV water heater

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Radio! Thank you. I'm impressed with your informative reply on the other thread. I almost said "informative info" but realized that would be redundant.
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My 8317SS Rockwood came with an automatic switchover. Your husband should not have had to get up to switch the tanks. I'm thinking there may be a problem with your regulator? Have you disconnected the tank and removed it and then shook it to see if it is indeed empty? Was the valve turned all the way on? Sometimes if you don't have the valve all the way open it can freeze and stop the propane flow.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:45 PM   #17
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My 8317SS Rockwood came with an automatic switchover. Your husband should not have had to get up to switch the tanks. I'm thinking there may be a problem with your regulator? Have you disconnected the tank and removed it and then shook it to see if it is indeed empty? Was the valve turned all the way on? Sometimes if you don't have the valve all the way open it can freeze and stop the propane flow.

Are you talking about an automatic switchover between electric and gas, or between the two gas tanks? If you're talking about the tanks, we had it set specifically for one tank to be open. The guy who did the walk-through suggested it so they wouldn't both empty partially but we could fill one all the way when it emptied. Does that make sense?
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:12 AM   #18
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I used to only open one LP tank valve so "I'd know when that tank
ran empty".
Great idea until one crisp Fall camping trip at 3 AM when the furnace ran out
of gas and quit. I had to get up out of my comfy but rapidly cooling bed, get
dressed and go outside to open the other #@!*#! tank!!
NOW I open them both and let the automatic switchover regulator do it's job!

If the color indicator on the regulator turns red, it means it's done the switch thing
and it's time to refill the first tank when I get home.
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I used to only open one LP tank valve so "I'd know when that tank
ran empty".
Great idea until one crisp Fall camping trip at 3 AM when the furnace ran out
of gas and quit. I had to get up out of my comfy but rapidly cooling bed, get
dressed and go outside to open the other #@!*#! tank!!
NOW I open them both and let the automatic switchover regulator do it's job!

If the color indicator on the regulator turns red, it means it's done the switch thing
and it's time to refill the first tank when I get home.
Been there done that
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Are you talking about an automatic switchover between electric and gas, or between the two gas tanks? If you're talking about the tanks, we had it set specifically for one tank to be open. The guy who did the walk-through suggested it so they wouldn't both empty partially but we could fill one all the way when it emptied. Does that make sense?
It kinda makes sense. Some of those auto switch regulators can be set so that they draw from both tanks at the same time by pointing the selector handle in the center. We always open both cylinder valves and place the selector pointing to one side. Then when it's empty and the red flag is on we switch the selector to the other side and remove the empty cylinder and have it filled. You have to be more careful to check for the red flag but it keeps you from having frosty buns at 3am one morning. After a while you'll get a sense of how long a cylinder will last.
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