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rvten

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Posted: 01/25/13 05:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Turn the valve full open not just a few turns.


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Posted: 01/25/13 05:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am not sure they can be overfilled with the new OPD valves. I had one place fill the tank and the pump shut off the pumping at about 80%. The guy said that is how he fills all of them anymore. I have had them filled this way; filled by weight without opening the bleeder valve; filled by weight with the bleeder valve opened; filled with only the bleeder valve open. In all instances they have pumped about 7 gallons of propane in a 30# tank. My tanks are empty when I have them filled. YMMV


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SOunds like he has a bad regulator (The box to the right of the valve)

That is a simple replacement, but if you are not comfortable Seek professional assistance.

To the max.. Means when the Overfill Protection Device closes the inlet, or 80% of what you think of as full,, Some gauges are calibrated to show that as full as well, Some are not.


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where are you at in Homosassa Joe. I am in Weeki wachee and could take a look at it......pm me


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Yes Korbe, that was the first thing I checked. After further investigation, the leak appears to be coming fro the housing "box" to the right of the valve and NOT the valve itself.

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You folks are awesome... thanks so much for your help.

rvten, I'm a little nervous about opening the valve and just letting the propane dissipate outside. I'm sure it would be OK to do that but I think I'll wait until AM and let the guy who filled it figure it out.

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If the float gauge is adjusted properly, it will read "full" when the tank is filled to the proper level, about 80% of water capacity.

A good propane dealer can replace your defective regulator. The guy who filled it should have opened the valve, caught that. If it is a brand new Phoenix Cruiser, the manufacturer will likely back you up on the cost, under warranty. Call them.


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Posted: 01/25/13 11:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Joe717 wrote:

I just checked the gauge and see that it reads FULL... isn't supposed to be filled only 80 percent. You think it's safe to bleed off to 80 percent.


You don't need to bleed anything off. Full means 80%.

A 20 lb cylinder by design will hold 25 lbs (5.9 gallons) of liquid propane but it will have no expansion room and no vapor in the cylinder. 20 lbs (4.7 gallons) is 80% of the cylinders total volume. The OPD prevents filling over 80%. It was added to the design because people filling cylinders and not paying attention or trying to get as much propane in the cylinder as they could would blow the valves out of the cylinders.

A 30 lb (7.07 gallons) cylinder is the same way. 30 lbs is 80% of the total volume. A 30 lb cylinder with no OPD or one that has failed will hold 37.5 lbs (8.8 gallons) of propane before blowing the valve out.

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Time for a new regulator.


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Thanks everyone... This morning I decided to remove the regulator "box" and investigate the leak a little further. After doing so. I turned the Open/Closed knob to the open position and low and behold, gas come flowing out the vent hole at the bottom of the regulator. The question I have is why and what do I do next. Again, thanks a million for all your help.

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