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Old 06-26-2015, 12:25 PM   #11
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If you open the valve nothing will come out unless there is a hose attached. Hook the tank up to something and then try it. I recall thinking I had a bad tank until someone told me this.
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Old 06-26-2015, 12:27 PM   #12
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This morning I woke up out of propane. Before I left on a short trip Monday I checked the automatic change over. didn't see any indication I was low so needless to say I was surprised. Five 3 nighters and I'm already out of fuel?

After getting home and getting ready to refill the tanks, son of a gun, I finde one tank was still full but no propane will come out. Oh, by the way, I did open the overflow valve and propane did come out. So my question: What would stop the propane from coming out?
It might be as easy as twisting the hose onto the tank a little tighter as it has to seat properly. Don't ask me how I know.
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Old 06-26-2015, 12:58 PM   #13
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It might be as easy as twisting the hose onto the tank a little tighter as it has to seat properly. Don't ask me how I know.

True enough. The pin on the OPD valve may not be seated.
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Old 06-26-2015, 02:44 PM   #14
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My thanks to everyone

I want to thank all of you for your help. A little past midnight this morning I switched the tanks, as rbryan4 suggested, and got the propane running again. Was it the "rock and roll" of the valve as rfs mentioned that did it? Was is it a simple matter of the hose for the full tank not being properly seated as Rossue said? Egads, what was it? Once I fill the empty tank, and properly seat the hose, I'll test both sides of the crossover.

I remember the good ole days with my tent trailer, and only 1 tank, when you ran out of propane you were actually out of propane. Of course that happened only when you were part way through cooking dinner. Or my Bigfoot truck camper with dual tanks you simply went out turned off the empty and turned on the backup. Ahh yes, innovation has brought us a long ways.
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That is what I was trying to say much less articulately.
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Old 06-26-2015, 04:52 PM   #16
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I want to thank all of you for your help. A little past midnight this morning I switched the tanks, as rbryan4 suggested, and got the propane running again. Was it the "rock and roll" of the valve as rfs mentioned that did it? Was is it a simple matter of the hose for the full tank not being properly seated as Rossue said? Egads, what was it? Once I fill the empty tank, and properly seat the hose, I'll test both sides of the crossover.

I remember the good ole days with my tent trailer, and only 1 tank, when you ran out of propane you were actually out of propane. Of course that happened only when you were part way through cooking dinner. Or my Bigfoot truck camper with dual tanks you simply went out turned off the empty and turned on the backup. Ahh yes, innovation has brought us a long ways.
Hi: OneOleMan... You really only had two choices. Some of the above or all of the above!!! Alf
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:04 PM   #17
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I want to thank all of you for your help. A little past midnight this morning I switched the tanks, as rbryan4 suggested, and got the propane running again. Was it the "rock and roll" of the valve as rfs mentioned that did it? Was is it a simple matter of the hose for the full tank not being properly seated as Rossue said? Egads, what was it? Once I fill the empty tank, and properly seat the hose, I'll test both sides of the crossover.

I remember the good ole days with my tent trailer, and only 1 tank, when you ran out of propane you were actually out of propane. Of course that happened only when you were part way through cooking dinner. Or my Bigfoot truck camper with dual tanks you simply went out turned off the empty and turned on the backup. Ahh yes, innovation has brought us a long ways.
There are folks who do not turn on both tanks because they want to know when the first one runs out, unless maybe it would be the furnace use in the middle of the night. They routinely do not use the automatic switchover.
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There are folks who do not turn on both tanks because they want to know when the first one runs out.
Yes, but that would sort of defeat the purpose of the automatic switchover. Red means the service tank is empty. That's a pretty good indication. I guess having no gas is a "better indication", but the gauge should be checked once in awhile.
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Yes, they are purposely defeating it either because they do not want to bother to keep looking or do not remember to check or some other reason.

Many have used a single tank or no automatic switchover and that is what they are used to. They may want to keep it that way.
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