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Old 03-01-2005, 01:10 PM   #1
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I have two 30# propane tanks on my TT and according to everything I have read, when the primary tank empties, it should "automatically" switch to the reserve tank. At this time, I would see the indicator colored RED and would manually switch the supply knob to the reserve tank which would now become my primary. The other night while in the TT, the gas drasticly cut down. I mean very limited heat and very low pilot flame. I went to the gas supply and switched the supply lever and the indicator changed to GREEN instantly and the problem was solved. Is this normal? I was under the impression the gas supply would change automatically without interuption. I also noticed a faint gas smell when this happen. Any ideas??? Oh, and by the way, I live on Cape Cod and we just got hammered with another 12" of snow and my 2 year old son keeps telling me, "daddy, we'll never get to go camping this year." By the looks of it, he might be right!
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:10 PM   #2
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I have two 30# propane tanks on my TT and according to everything I have read, when the primary tank empties, it should "automatically" switch to the reserve tank. At this time, I would see the indicator colored RED and would manually switch the supply knob to the reserve tank which would now become my primary. The other night while in the TT, the gas drasticly cut down. I mean very limited heat and very low pilot flame. I went to the gas supply and switched the supply lever and the indicator changed to GREEN instantly and the problem was solved. Is this normal? I was under the impression the gas supply would change automatically without interuption. I also noticed a faint gas smell when this happen. Any ideas??? Oh, and by the way, I live on Cape Cod and we just got hammered with another 12" of snow and my 2 year old son keeps telling me, "daddy, we'll never get to go camping this year." By the looks of it, he might be right!
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:32 PM   #3
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Howdy Mich,

Your opinion as to how the changeover valve is supposed to work is correct. The only thing I can think of that may have caused a foobar is the cold. In real cold situations the regulator can freeze up.

That is unless there is in fact a problem with the changeover valve. It should change to the backup tank without a loss in pressure.
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Old 03-01-2005, 04:56 PM   #4
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What Don Said... Ref the Cold.... while traveling through Montana a few times, I too Have encountered a similar scenereo, where the valve is VERY SLOW to release the preasure from the other tank.... this has happend only in the extreme cold... ie 20 deg and colder....
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On my valve, you can select one tank by moving the selector arrow to point to the tank you want to draw off of, or move the pointer straight down and draw off both tanks. If drawing off one tank and it runs out, the indicator does turn red and start to draw off the other tank. I have never had a problem with the valve working even in cold weather (under 15 deg f).

It is possible that your valve is defective.
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All that being said, you need to go and get the EMPTY tank filled and while you are at it I would have the other one topped off also becasue it is possible that that tank is low on pressure and also contributied to the slow changeover
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