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Old 05-08-2014, 06:45 PM   #1
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Propane appliances not working - tank full

Hello. I've been lurking since buying our 2009 FR Berkshire 390BH (40) in April, and I appreciate all the good advice I've found here as I decipher the new toy!

My propane tank reads full (at the tank and in the coach) and nothing that runs on propane will light (furnace, fridge, hot water heater, stovetop). I've opened the stove burners long enough that I don't think it's an air in the line issue, and all this stuff worked 3 weekends ago.

Here are some pictures of the tank with regulator cover removed. Can you guys help me with what to check?

Thanks!
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:10 PM   #2
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I don't really know anything about this stuff- but from reading here, apparently there is a leak failsafe that if you open the tank too quickly, it blocks flow of propane. Try closing everything and opening one tank r-e-a-l-l-y s--l--o--w--l--y.
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:43 PM   #3
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Check your propane alarm. The gas feed and the alarm are linked. If the alarm is off or you have a dead battery, it will close the propane valve.

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So, I tried the close and open slowly approach a couple times, and it didn't work. Is there a condition I might induce to get the fail safe to reset, so to speak?
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So, I tried the close and open slowly approach a couple times, and it didn't work. Is there a condition I might induce to get the fail safe to reset, so to speak?
I don't think ASME bottles as fitted in your motorhome have the valve safety feature. Tanks that are horizontal have a electric operated valve which you show in your photos. Its the one with two leads, 12 volt DC and is opened/closed by the propane alarm. Feel it, if it isn't hot enough to burn you (coil on top of the valve) then it isn't open. Your missing power to it. Only opens if as mentioned coach batteries are ok and coach batteries are open. The propane alarm has a relay that switches with power and no faults.
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That was it! My propane alarm was switched off somehow. Something or someone must have hit the on off switch. I flipped it on and everything ran!! Thanks!
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Neat, I learned something new today.
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Congrats on the easy fix.

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Couldn't be happier. We're leaving tomorrow for the weekend. I guess we could have grilled out and used the electric hot water, and I could have run the generator for the fridge on the road, but it'll be nice to cook pancakes inside in the morning! Thanks again!
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Have a great trip.

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