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Old 05-10-2008, 02:23 PM   #1
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Has anyone replaced a manual switch valve with an automatic one? What are the pros and cons? I have seen them on eBay for around $50, is there a better place to purchase?
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Has anyone replaced a manual switch valve with an automatic one? What are the pros and cons? I have seen them on eBay for around $50, is there a better place to purchase?
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Old 05-10-2008, 05:57 PM   #3
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First, how do you know you have a manual regulator? The vast majority of LPG regulators used in the RV industry are automatic.

Automatic regulators have a manual lever to switch between cylinders. An in-use cylinder containing pressure will cause the indicator to show green. When that cylinder is empty it shows red. If you have both cylinder valves open the regulator automatically switches to the full cylinder. However- the indicator will still show red until you manually move the lever to the other cylinder,only then does the indicator show green again. Then you may safely remove the first (empty) cylinder for re-filling.
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Thanks for helping. Good grief! Perhaps I have had the automatic regulator for 9 years and haven't known it. What you describe is what I have, but mine doesn't look like the one in your link. I do have a red/green indicator and a manual valve to switch between tanks. Is that enough to be sure, or do you want more information?
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While you do have to manually move the switch to point to the full tank (so the red indicator turns green), it should automatically start drawing from the full tank whether or not you move the switch.
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The NFPA standards says you have a two stage regulatorin your RV. Different brands look different.
Don't feel bad, we had our first 5er for 5 years before I discovered the AC included a heat strip.
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I appreciate the help LindaH and RAY,IN. I am pretty sure now that I have the auto setup, but I will be able to verify it in the next couple of days.
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