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Posted: 08/08/12 08:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Picked up a '94 Southwind last week. In going through everything once it got home, it appears that the LPG is not flowing. My wife tells me she tested the stove (I was out of town while she was shopping) but now, nothing.

The gauge on the tank says 1/4 full but how accurate is that? I've looked through all the books to make sure there is not some switch or something I need to flip (and yes, the pilot light valve is open). I have left the burners "on" for about 20min but nothing seems to be moving and there is no smell.

So before I get the tank filled, thought I'd check with the experts to see if I am overlooking something?

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Is the valve on the tank open?

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Look along the floor edge for a LP detector and make surn it's on. Most Fleetwoods have the LP Detector along the bottom of the kitchen cabinets. Most will beep a few times when turned on.





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LP detector operates a solenoid next to the LP tank.


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enblethen wrote:

LP detector operates a solenoid next to the LP tank.


That's right, now i remember. I was asking my wife what was causing our Southwind to not flow gas and I had shut that off..

OP, as they said, look for the LP monitor and make sure its on.


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wildbill001 wrote:

Picked up a '94 Southwind last week. In going through everything once it got home, it appears that the LPG is not flowing. My wife tells me she tested the stove (I was out of town while she was shopping) but now, nothing.

The gauge on the tank says 1/4 full but how accurate is that? I've looked through all the books to make sure there is not some switch or something I need to flip (and yes, the pilot light valve is open). I have left the burners "on" for about 20min but nothing seems to be moving and there is no smell.
So before I get the tank filled, thought I'd check with the experts to see if I am overlooking something?Bill W


First of all, you DID open the valve outside, right?
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Aren't you'all in the middle of a heat wave down there?

Accurate 1/4 tank readings are iffy at best. And propane expands in the heat which affects readings. I'm thinking you are out, as long as you DID turn the valve on that is!!
http://www.propane101.com/propanevolumecorrection.htm

The liquid propane volume in any LP Gas container is directly related to its temperature. In fact, the volume of any liquid in any container is directly related to its temperature. Propane volume rises as temperature rises and falls as temperature falls. Being temperature dependent, propane becomes more dense as temperature falls and expands as temperature increases. This is extremely important to remember when understanding propane temperature and volume and the relationship between the two....."


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battery disconnect ?
state of the batteries ?

low voltage can cause the LP detector to shut off the LP safety valve


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Yup tank valve is open. Totally forgot about the propane alarm. Will check that and see where we are afterwards.

Thanks!

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gsf35099 wrote:

enblethen wrote:

LP detector operates a solenoid next to the LP tank.


That's right, now i remember. I was asking my wife what was causing our Southwind to not flow gas and I had shut that off..

OP, as they said, look for the LP monitor and make sure its on.

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One other thing you might have is a slugged valve? That happens when the propane valve is turned on too fast. It's a safety feature to prevent rapid expelling of the propane should the hose break or regulator break.
Just shut off the tank evacuate the line by turning on the stove for a minute, then shut off the stove. Open the valve on the tank again just do it slowly, as in bleed the propane into the system.
There may be other issues, but this is one you don't want to overlook as it's very basic.

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