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Old 07-07-2015, 07:31 PM   #1
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Propane mystery

See if you can figure this out. prior to a trip last week, I filled up with propane as we were going to boonedock for 5 days. I know that normally the propane dealers shut off the propane tank before filling it. However, I don't know if they did as we travelled 200 mi, with the fridge set on auto [ which would set it for propane] and camped for 5 days of showers [hot water tank worked fine, limited generator use] plenty of cold food and liquid refreshments in the fridge and never a warning beep from the fridge of a failure.On the way home, we stopped at a truck stop to dump and went inside to use the stops facilities. When we were again on our way lo and behold the fridge started beeping a failure signal. Shut it off & it reset but beeped again.When we got home, I started to trouble shoot the problem,and it turned out the propane tank valve was shut off. Now the propane compartment door doesn't lock, but I store my jack pads in front of the propane tank which effectively hides the propane regulator and valve.Anyone want to guess on this one? I know the gas lines aren't long enough to hold propane for 5 days of boonedocking,
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:39 PM   #2
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I would hazard to guess a trucker who don't like RV'ers turned it off.
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I really don't think the propane piping can hold enough propane (with the tank valve shut off) to run even the reefer for 5 days much less the water heater also. So, there is but two potential answers in my mind........either you are mistaken in your facts of propane use or someone turned the valve off.
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That is the only answer I can come up with, however, when I looked at the flame for the fridge [ before checking the valve] it was very low, Im thinking the valve didn't seal???
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I really don't think the propane piping can hold enough propane (with the tank valve shut off) to run even the reefer for 5 days much less the water heater also. So, there is but two potential answers in my mind........either you are mistaken in your facts of propane use or someone turned the valve off.
I have been motorhoming since 1974 and am on my 7th rig.Mistaken on my facts of propane use? Doubtful Thank you!!!
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Do you have a valve, or an electrical switch that closes or opens a solenoid valve? I've seen the solenoid valves stick in the wrong position. It could have been open for most of your trip, then a good bump caused it to close if the electrical switch was still calling for the "closed" position.

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I too suspect malicious intent..Only not a Trucker so much as Kids.
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Don't forget ....You're the one that proposed there is some question as to what went on. Seems pretty clear to us what happened.

Do you shut off the propane when you fill up?
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have to admit, Im leaning towards a trucker shutting it off. But does anyone know if the valve is a gate valve or if it has a seat that could have failed to close when and if the propane station shut it off.
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Just another thought

"On the way home, we stopped at a truck stop to dump and went inside to use the stops facilities."

Were you blocking the dump site while you were away from the coach?
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Just another thought

"On the way home, we stopped at a truck stop to dump and went inside to use the stops facilities."

Were you blocking the dump site while you were away from the coach?
NO Pulled the rig into the parking area immediately after dumping,do you block the dump station?
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I'm leaning towards someone turned it off. Went cross country and back and didn't use sqwatt of propane and used heater, hot water and lots of time with refrig running on propane. Maybe while you were filling up someone turned it off.
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NO Pulled the rig into the parking area immediately after dumping,do you block the dump station?
No, I'm a very considerate person .
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Mystery? There is no mystery here. If the valve was shut off, somebody turned it off. These things don't turn themselves.
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