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Posted: 01/13/21 04:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a propane problem. I am parked in a permanent location so using the propane tank in my motorhome is not an option. I decided to hook up a 20# tank I could easily refill. I put a two stage regulator on the tank since I was bypassing the one on the built in tank. I get propane coming out of the hose from the 20# tank. I do not get any propane to the appliances. It should be a straight open line from the tank to any of the appliances but when I unhook the gas line from the refrigerator or the stove, there is no propane coming out. Has anyone experienced this or has any idea what could be happening?

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Posted: 01/13/21 04:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What are you connected to? I would make sure the regulator is correct.


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Posted: 01/13/21 05:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When we "wintered over" here in Billings in a 1988 32 foot Suncrest Class A, I bought a 100 lb. bottle from Costco, and had a 12 foot hose made up by Tractor Supply. I used the regulator from the motorhome tank with the 12 foot hose to connect to the 100 lb. bottle. When I took the bottle to get it filled, I put the regulator back on the motorhome tank so the furnace could continue as needed. We had no problems all winter long.
Is it possible your two stage regulator doesn't have an output of 11 inches water column pressure?
Is there an electric shut off valve in the line somewhere that is connected to the leak alarm? (It should be on the tank, if there is one.)
Other than low pressure from the regulator I don't know what could be going on. We never had a problem like that.

Edit: When I had the house tank filled this fall, I asked the delivery guy if he could fill the motorhome tank for me. He was glad to! Check with propane delivery companies and see if any will do the same in your area

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Posted: 01/13/21 06:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The hose connector on 20 and 30# tanks has to depress a valve in the top of the tank inside the valve, where the hose screws in, could that be your problem? With no hose connected you can open the valve on top of the tank and no propane will escape the tank.

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Posted: 01/14/21 05:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

safety valve on the tank is closed.

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Posted: 01/14/21 08:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have found that I need to open the valve on the 20# tank slowly when it is hooked up to my extend a stay on the coach. Especially if the lines in the coach have become empty.

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I also have to open the closest gas appliance (stove burners) for a couple seconds to get flow to my fridge, but that's only when I first open the tanks.

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Posted: 01/21/21 05:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

could be oil in the gas?? Had this issue with a gas buddy heater


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