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Old 05-07-2021, 08:27 PM   #1
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Outdoor grill not working

Hey everybody. New RVer here. Weíre on our first trip right now in our new grey wolf 26dbhbl. So we made dinner on the outdoor grill and the fire was kind of lacking but it ended up working well enough. Now Iím trying to light the grill again and it wonít light at all. Propane is still working fine for water heater and the stove inside, but no outdoor grill. Any suggestions?? Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-07-2021, 08:48 PM   #2
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Which outdoor grill ate you talking about? Is it the one that came with the RV or one you bought separately.
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Old 05-07-2021, 08:50 PM   #3
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Itís the grill that came with the rv. Greystone is the grill.
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Old 05-07-2021, 09:02 PM   #4
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Is the valve under the RV open?
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Old 05-07-2021, 09:08 PM   #5
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Yep. Valve is open. Cooked with it one time (not the hottest fire) and then after turning it off, an unable to get it lit again. Rig is only 2 weeks old since we bought it. First time using the grill
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Old 05-07-2021, 09:29 PM   #6
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Sounds like the line was not bled of air. Does this grill have a regulator? If the knob on the appliance is opened quickly to light the device, the sudden rush of propane can trigger the safety device in the propane tank to choke off most of the gas. You MIGHT still be able to light it, but flame will be weak. This will not correct itself until you shust off the applicance, shut the propane tank off, wait a bit, then SLOWLY open the propane tank, then SLOWLY turn on the appliance gas control. If the appliance gas valve was already open when you connected to the hose, it would almost definitely activate the propane tank safety.


**just looked up your griddle (not really a grill like i thought). It does not have a regulator, it is designed to use on the low pressure port you are using it with apparently. As it's already on a low pressure line, the above 'choking off' of propane would be especially noticeable. Model I'm looking at is only one burner at 12k BTU, so any reduction in gas is gonna make it slow and take too long to heat.
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Old 05-07-2021, 09:38 PM   #7
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Ok that sounds like it could be it then. I’ll **** the tanks off for the night and then try again tomorrow, opening everything slowly.
There is a regulator on the grill yes. I did open the valve to the grill quickly though for sure.

Kind of side note, should both propane tanks be open while we’re camping or just one at a time?

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Old 05-08-2021, 08:24 AM   #8
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Yup, still no go with it. Unhooked the tanks to see if that safety thing would reset but still canít get it
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Old 05-08-2021, 08:30 AM   #9
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I prefer one tank at a time, so I know have reserve when a tank runs out. The downside is that propane knows to only run out at 3am on a cold night. I just love getting up, going outside, fumbling with a flashlight, turning the empty tank off, and the reserve on - all because SWMBO noticed the temp inside is colder than she set the thermostat for.

The alternative of running both tanks together or using the automatic flip over means going outside less often at 3am but realizing there is no reserve or heat until you get the tanks refilled.

Reality is on my A-frame one tank typically lasts about a year, although that is really controlled by how much cold season camping we do. Fridge uses nothing to speak of, and we don't cook inside. Rarely use the water heater - usually use an electric coffee pot or tea kettle on the camp stove for dish washing water. We use 1lb bottles for the stove at the picnic table and the Weber BabyQ 1200 grill - a bottle lasts 3-4 days of our normal use. Heater use is everything for our main propane tanks.

If night temps stay above 40, and we have electric, we use the heat pump instead of the heater. But I have proven the heat pump does not put any warm air below 40 outside.

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Old 05-08-2021, 09:12 AM   #10
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Well, I think it’s just a lost cause for this trip. I can’t seem to get any gas flow out to the burner. Can tel there is gas as far as the hose going from the low pressure fitting to the input on the griddle and then nothing comes out when I push the knob in to let gas flow. Will just have to bring it in for repair/replacement. A bit annoying on a brand new setup :/
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Old 05-08-2021, 09:42 AM   #11
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Maybe try to follow the propane hose back to the source looking for kinks, additional valves or anything else that may cause blockage.
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Old 05-08-2021, 09:49 AM   #12
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Iíve traced the whole line. Getting gas the whole way until it gets to the knob it seems. There must be some blockage or safety thing that tripped once it gets to the hard line at the griddle
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There is a regulator on the grill yes.
When I looked your griddle up, I did not see one. It seemed to be designed to run off the low pressure port. If you think it has a regulator (post a pic of it if you can), THAT would be the problem. Trying to run an appliance with a regulator on the low pressure port would cause similar issues, because the gas is already at low pressure, having passed through the trailer's regulator already.
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When I looked your griddle up, I did not see one. It seemed to be designed to run off the low pressure port. If you think it has a regulator (post a pic of it if you can), THAT would be the problem. Trying to run an appliance with a regulator on the low pressure port would cause similar issues, because the gas is already at low pressure, having passed through the trailer's regulator already.
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Yea sorry. I was mistaken about the regulator. Donít know if something just at the block with the knob is just not letting gas get through to the burners.
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Old 05-08-2021, 10:07 AM   #16
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This is the only thing I can think of that could be whatís messed up
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Do you have to hold knob in when turning to light position? If you keep holding it, do you even smell any propane? Obviously, don't put your face in there if the igniter is clicking, that would be bad.
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Old 05-08-2021, 10:23 AM   #18
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Yes. In order to switch over the igniter the knob has to be pressed in.
No propane smell at all when pressing it in, turning it to high or anything for that matter.
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Old 05-08-2021, 10:25 AM   #19
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That thing has got to be defective. We've ruled out all the common issues.
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Old 05-08-2021, 10:34 AM   #20
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That’s pretty much what I’m thinking. No matter what I do, it just won’t send gas out of the burners and it’s brand new. Back to the dealer I go.
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