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Old 08-29-2016, 12:22 PM   #11
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Got home with my new mh and had the issue. The regulator was turned about 45 degrees. I turned it so upright and it worked. The next time I turned it on it was back to not working. The reg was still upright so I just gave it a little tap with the handle of a screw driver and heard a click and it started working. Guessing it is a sticky check in the regulator. Now I just leave it on all the time. Only seems to not work when it is shut off and turned back on.
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Old 08-29-2016, 01:22 PM   #12
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I had a similar problem and an RV tech suggested getting new pig tails because the check valves sometimes go bad. Changed the pig tails and no problems since.
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Old 08-29-2016, 01:48 PM   #13
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I had a similar problem and an RV tech suggested getting new pig tails because the check valves sometimes go bad. Changed the pig tails and no problems since.
Yep, I got tired of replacing them so replaced the check valve with a straight through fitting. Problem solved.
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:12 PM   #14
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If your refrigerator and range are in a slide-out, check to make sure that you don't have your propane lines pinched. I had the same issue, had already replaced the regulator, took it to the dealer for some other stuff to be done and had them check out the propane system. Turned out that the line had gotten pinched due to being on the kitchen slide-out.
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:18 AM   #15
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Yep, I got tired of replacing them so replaced the check valve with a straight through fitting. Problem solved.
Wilcat SLOW down, you're living on the edge being so reckless. I think there is a federal bureau of anti-check valve tampering commission, that has cameras (or drones) looking for scofflaws like you. If I get asked about it, I'll deny any knowledge, so you can get a head start to the border.
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Wilcat SLOW down, you're living on the edge being so reckless. I think there is a federal bureau of anti-check valve tampering commission, that has cameras (or drones) looking for scofflaws like you. If I get asked about it, I'll deny any knowledge, so you can get a head start to the border.
It's okay..... I covered my propane lines and doors with camo tape so they are invisible. I also wear a tin foil hat when I work on my rig with a sonic screwdriver😁 The border is only 40 miles away on my escape route. Thanks for heads up!
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:36 AM   #17
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It's okay..... I covered my propane lines and doors with camo tape so they are invisible. I also wear a tin foil hat when I work on my rig with a sonic screwdriver😁 The border is only 40 miles away on my escape route. Thanks for heads up!
Funny stuff, I like it. Starting with FlyBob all advice is correct in my experience, I've had it all happen! Bob's first post is usually the culprit. The OFPD doing it's job. Lines need to have a little pressure to prevent the system from shutting down. Go Slow.
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Red face Propane plugged Hose?

Propane is liquid. If not used enough the liquid will plug the hose. OR rot it. remove and replace hose is the quick answer..
Liquid turns to gas thru orifice (in order to burn)
Like gasoline liquid does not burn. only the vapors burn.
Next the output valve of supply may be not working. (Dirty)
Next The pressure reducer may be bad (regulator)
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Bob's first post is usually the culprit.
Poor Bob.
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Old 09-01-2016, 05:24 PM   #20
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My thoughts on your propane issue...

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Thanks for all the feedback.
Starting another work week today, but I'll get back to the troubleshooting as soon as I can...
I'll try the upside down bang in case the valve in the tank is the culprit.

Inclined to agree with a bad regulator as both tanks behave the same.
Are they pretty standard? Can I order an RV propane regulator on amazon or do I need to be specific?

I'll get back on in a few days after I've had time to check it out more.

Thanks again.
We had lots of issues with our Suburban SF-30 furnace that your problem reminds me of. I replaced my standard issue dual tank regulator with a really nice adjustable one found on Amazon that is made in Italy. It is not 100% plug-n-play, as the bracket is different but the red/ green gauge on it actually works!
So, we love it, in spite of the $50 price, if my memory is correct. I wrote a long posting about my furnace with the phrase "the Agony and the Ecstasy", and I likely mentioned the exact model or Amazon ID number.

Most of the other dual pressure regulators are one size fits all and seem like clones. Camco made the prior one.
The problem with them is that they fail eventually, as they are typically exposed to outside air all the time, and the atmospheric reference pressure port is probably the villain. I'm guessing it rusts up or gunks up. ,That port can be found on the bottom of the main body of the regulator.

We dont use the propane side of our Dometic, but a few years ago, we also modded the main controller board, because we were not happy with the refrigerator temperature, and installed the after market refrigerator controller made by Dinosaur Electronics. Worth every penny just for the adjustable temp setting alone. But at around $100, its cheaper to replace the dual regulator first.

Ive never had to bang on a propane tank; maybe in colder climates thats a good tip, but your symptoms point to a bad regulator or main controller board.

When we had furnace propane problems, the stove would always light even at low pressures, once you bled off any initial air. And, to be 100% accurate, our furnace problem was initially fixed, as detailed in Installment #1, by replacing the regulator, but resurfaced, as detailed in the 2nd Installment, and ultimately turned out to be a much-needed venturi adjustment. Which I described and photographed, and never wish to do again, as long as I live...

Last but not least, I suggest you stand by the outside of the fridge when it tries to fire off. Is it trying to fire off 3 times and then locking out? Remove the white plastic cover ( watch out for wasps) and see if there is a wasp nest or mouse nest or dead frog in there, or anything restricting air flow.
Its easy to replace the regulator, too, and all you need is a small crescent wrench and a screwdriver. In a pinch, you can get one at a Super Walmart.
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