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Old 02-17-2015, 10:38 PM   #1
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Unhappy LP problem with 2014 Via

our LP gas intermittently & randomly stops feeding gas to anything. A few hours later, it mysteriously starts again. What's going on??! Obviously everything works SOMETIMES ... Had to turn around on a dry-camping trip to Pinnacles National Park, since without propane there was no stove, ref., hot water, or heater! As soon as we got home, it worked. This trip, we've had another unexplained gap of a few hours, now it's working again. (& yes, the LP tank is full!!!)

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Old 02-18-2015, 02:39 AM   #2
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There are a couple things that can cause this. Altitude can cause a decrease in the amount of oxygen and appliances have an impossible task of working properly above 7000 ft above sea level.
Another problem could be buying a southern blend of propane and butane and then going north in cold weather. Butane does not have as low a boiling point and can remain in a liquid state in 30 degrees or lower.
What are the symptoms you are experiencing exactly?

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It sounds like your propane regulator is freezing up. It's either a bad regulator or you have some moisture in your propane supply. If it is moisture then a propane dealer can add methanol to your tank take care of the problem. A short term fix might be to add a heat source, like a light bulb, to keep the regulator warm.
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I experienced a similar issue a couple years ago camping in the fall in cooler weather. When we lit the stove the flame would almost go out, come back up almost go out and continue like this till the burner was shut off. Called the RV dealer service dept and they told me it was most likely a clogged up pressure regulator and that I needed a new one. I took my regulator off to check it and it was full of a wax type goo that as soon as I warmed it up turned fluid. Ran hot water through it and allot of this now runny goo came out. When it was clean and no more goo was present dried it out real good then re-installed it and has worked perfect ever since. Being that propane is a petroleum product it does carry some waxy type residue within it and builds up over time. No problems when the weather is warm but when it cools off it jells up and plugs things up. It's easy to pull your regulator off and check it out. Give it a shot, might just be the answer.
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thank you, all! the problem is still evolving. We've now found that the ref. will never work in gas mode, while the other appliances work sporadically. usually if we're just patient, they'll decide to work. most of this propane is from TX, but worked fine for a year in CA. Now in AZ. of course the warranty is up within a week!
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:54 AM   #6
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Have determined that somehow the generator gets enough LP to start, and staring it up triggered the gas to run to everything else except never the ref. Wrote to Winnebago & they graciously agreed to extend the warranty as to this problem!

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