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Old 01-16-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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help!! cant find propane switch

Just bought used sierra toy hauler, can't turn on my stove!! Where is the propane on off switch?? Hehelp please
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:36 AM   #2
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First of all, welcome to the forum. This is a great place to ask questions, such as yours.

In all the trailers I have owned the only thing you need to do to operate the stove is turn the gas on at the tanks. Make sure your tanks have propane and the switch on the regulator, located between your tanks, is pointing to one tank or the other. There is usually an indicator on the regulator that will turn green showing there is gas in the tank, red if it's empty. The indicator may show red at first until you get some gas flow going to an appliance.
You also may have to make a few attempts at lighting the stove until air clears the line.

Hope this helps. Good luck and happy camping!
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:39 AM   #3
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Also, make sure you have propane in the tanks. Just because you can turn the valve and get gas out of the outlet without the regulator hooked up, doesn't mean you have enough pressure in the tank to run the appliances.
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:32 AM   #4
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All new propane tanks have a valve inside that shuts off propane flow if it detects a leak (large pressure drop).

Close the valve on the tanks. Select the OPPOSITE tank on the selector of the one you are opening. SLOWLY (about 10 seconds of rotation to full open) open the bottle valve until it is full open. Then slowly rotate the tank selector to the open tank. The red bar should go GREEN. Then try your stove.

Repeat the above procedure for the other tank.
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:30 PM   #5
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Just bought used sierra toy hauler, can't turn on my stove!! Where is the propane on off switch?? Hehelp please
man, that's scary that a seller doesn't even show the buyer how to turn the propane on!

if it was a dealer, the dealership owner should know that their people aren't doing decent PDI's.
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If all the above fail try this. Somewhere on your unit, floor level, not on an outside wall will be a propane senser and switch (I am sorry do not know the real name of the item maybe someone will let us know) , it should be about the size of a post card. It may even be making a warning sound. Now are you sure your batteries are operational? try some of your 12v lights. If your batteries are not working neither will the propane.
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:54 PM   #7
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If your batteries are not working neither will the propane.
Why would that be?
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:39 PM   #8
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My first question is, do you hear the hush of air/propane when you turn the stove switch on? Expect that every time you pull it out of storage or have the tanks refilled, it's going to have a little air in the lines and you have to flush that out before it will ignite like normal.

Use extreme caution if you decide to try this...
What I've done in the past is turn on two stove burners and held two separate long armed fire starters to each of them. Once the first one ignites, the second one is usually not far behind. Then light the third one. Once they are all lit, you can consider the "purging" of air out of those lines complete and they should fire off like normal. Now, your frig propane and furnace should fire off on the first try unless the line for those is split off of the main line, in which case, it make take a couple of tries before they both will fire off and stay lit also.

NOTE: My TT has a short run that the lp lines make, so when I purge the stove lines, the others are purged as well, but longer TT's could be different and require a little more patience.
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