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Old 03-23-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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Newbie thermostat question

I have a small Shadow Cruiser with a propane heater. It's a couple of years old and I've used it only 3 times. Last time out the heater wouldn't come on. I cleaned the contacts in the bottom of the thermostat by pulling the edge of a dollar bill through it. It worked all week until our last night out. That night nothing I could do would get it to come on. I know there's gas because th ewater heater and stove burners were working fine. Is there a minimum pressure or something... or should I just buy a T-stat?

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Old 03-25-2012, 04:00 PM   #2
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I would remove the thermostat and put a short on the two wires if the heater comes on then you need to replace it. If it stays off the the problem is somewhere else. Also try the heater with a full bottle of gas.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:27 PM   #3
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Had 1 full LP bottle and 1 empty. Both are full now but it was too warm to get it to turn on. I wonder if my regulator is any good. RV dealer said to turn the gas on very slowly to keep the safety valves from activating. I'll have about 45 degrees tomorrow, and I'll try it...
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:21 AM   #4
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:49 PM   #5
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To answer your question about pressure... RV gas appliances need 11" water column of pressure. The only precise way to measure it, is with a manometer.

"Annual Propane System Checks"

That link is from another forum I am a member of and is quite detailed.
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I would recommend touching the 2 wires on the back together cause I have see alot of t stats have this problem also there could be a price bent inside were the littlest won't be touching but could work sometimes since it fires and such when it does I don't see the lp being a issue but to touch on that you want 11" at 70% load of the regulator and no more than 14" on lock up
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I found it... and maybe this will help someone in the future. My t stat has a contact that is opened when the lever is pushed all the way to off position. Instead of lifting the contact, it pushed it to the side. When I pushed it back into it's correct position, everything worked fine...

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J & D in windy Amarillo... and thinking about getting a new, bigger trailer...
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