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Old 11-18-2011, 04:15 PM   #1
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Propane question

2000 Pace Arrow Vision with built in propane tank. I recently installed the extend a stay to make sure we do not go without propane during the winter. We had a lack of propane service last winter causing problems. I would like to know if opening the valve on both propane bottles would cause problems such as to high of pressure. Hope to hear from some of you in the know.
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:09 PM   #2
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I was in your position a couple of years ago. The on-board tank was connected in parallel with a stand alone tank. The propane man that delivered my propane told me not to have both tanks opened at the same time. Sorry but that is all that I remember him saying. He did tell my why but I just don't remember.
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I don't think you have any problem opening both tank valves - propane gas does not have extreme pressure and they will not over pressure. It would be the same pressure as if you had one very large tank. The reason for not using both tanks at the same time is so you will have a back up tank when one goes empty. If you have both valves open and you run out of gas you have to immediately get the tanks filled.
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I connected an outside 10 gallon tank with a 5 psi regulator to the BBQ gas port quick connect on the MH. All I needed to do then is shut off the main tank with the gas off switch right next to the fill. Similar pic below but larger tank and shorter hose

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Old 11-18-2011, 05:57 PM   #5
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2000 Pace Arrow Vision with built in propane tank. I recently installed the extend a stay to make sure we do not go without propane during the winter. We had a lack of propane service last winter causing problems. I would like to know if opening the valve on both propane bottles would cause problems such as to high of pressure. Hope to hear from some of you in the know.

Hi homerbw, I think the purpose of the extend a stay is to conserve your main tanks level of fuel, easier to take a 20# cyl to be filled than driving MH to refuel.So I would close the main tank valve and when 20# tank needs filled open main tank and unhook to fill. after filling hook up and close main tank...and so on.
If you open both each would equal pressure and you would not have a reserve to remind you to fill up soon..
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2000 Pace Arrow Vision with built in propane tank. I recently installed the extend a stay to make sure we do not go without propane during the winter. We had a lack of propane service last winter causing problems. I would like to know if opening the valve on both propane bottles would cause problems such as to high of pressure. Hope to hear from some of you in the know.
Opening the valves on both tanks will not cause a problem with high pressure. However, if both valves are open, both tanks will run out of propane at the same time - not good, especially if it's in the middle of a cold night.

As She and I suggested, leave the main valve closed and run the RV off the 20# tank that is easy to refill. Only open the main tank valve when the 20# tank is empty and you need to disconnect it to take it to be refilled.
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Opening the valves on both tanks will not cause a problem with high pressure. However, if both valves are open, both tanks will run out of propane at the same time - not good, especially if it's in the middle of a cold night.

As She and I suggested, leave the main valve closed and run the RV off the 20# tank that is easy to refill. Only open the main tank valve when the 20# tank is empty and you need to disconnect it to take it to be refilled.
WOW.. in another forum the same question was ask.

That was my answer there.. So.. I guess you could say "SECONDED" .
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