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Old 07-15-2016, 01:50 PM   #21
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Yes, propane leaks anywhere from the tanks to the appliance, was where I was referring to. There has to be some release other wise you would not have to reprime the lines each season..
Boy, if there are leaks at all, there are problems that need to be addressed. Leaks would not be a reason that you need to purge lines, as they would still be full of propane. The only time I have had to purge is after changing out a tank.

My propane goes on in the spring and the bottle does not get shut off except for going and refilling. Never had a problem, but make sure the detector is doing its job.
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:52 PM   #22
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I turn off my tanks if the trailer is going to sit for a while, like a month or more. Have not noticed any leaks.

When it sits for a month, the appliances start right up. When it sits for 4-6 months it takes a minute to get the gas flowing. I start the stove first.
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Old 07-15-2016, 02:40 PM   #23
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We get things fired up in the spring before we go out for the first time and after that I generally leave the valves open until I notice a switchover. I take off the empty, get it refilled. hook back up and reopen the valve. Stays that waytill we winterize. If it's leaking, you will smell it. Worked for me for many years, doubt I will change now. Had a Chinese regulator leak on my 500 gallon at the house, you could smell it at 50 yards.
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Old 07-15-2016, 06:22 PM   #24
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Assuming success was premature

Well I guess I spoke too fast! The fridge (RM8551) has been on for several hours and has not cooled down at all! The burner was on and the area around it warm (hot) but getting no cooling. Not a particularly warm day here either. It worked while we we camping (on 120 AC) so this is a puzzle!

I saw on a video a technician cleaning a burner with "canned air" like you might use on a computer. But if the burner was dirty, it probably would not light... right?

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Leave it longer, watch the freezer temp.
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:32 PM   #26
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Ha, ha, ha, that is the reset button on ours which is inside on strip of buttons. I take it you do not have such a strip you use inside the refrigerator to operate it, as some of us do, far right for that button. So you may have a triangle someplace else. Or not!

P.S. I should not say reset "button" because it is merely a flat place on a strip that you push, just as for operating.
Now we feel silly (another word comes to mind). We thought the reset button was on the back of the fridge....see it on the strip. Dugghhh!
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Old 07-16-2016, 05:03 PM   #27
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Leave it longer, watch the freezer temp.
Tried a different approach. Left the fridge on 120 over night and this morning I switched it over to gas. The gas ticked and then lit. When I switched over to gas the fridge was at about 37F. Now eight hours later the fridge is at 70F. Water on the fins in the fridge. Checking outside and removing the metal housing around the flame I can see that it is still lit. In fact, some parts in there looked red hot. So obviously there is something wrong. Guess I'm going to have to take it to a RV tech.

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Old 07-20-2016, 06:40 PM   #28
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My RM8551 when on propane has just begun refusing to get cold. Works great on shore power but tests on propane the last 2 days have been totally bad, as in DOA-bad.

Got all fridge lights, plenty of gas, blue Piezo flame, but no refrigeration. Doing my best to not going nuclear.
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My RM8551 when on propane has just begun refusing to get cold. Works great on shore power but tests on propane the last 2 days have been totally bad, as in DOA-bad.

Got all fridge lights, plenty of gas, blue Piezo flame, but no refrigeration. Doing my best to not going nuclear.
Hi: MyronL... This is the first I've heard of a "Nuclear" fridge!!! Who makes it?
Sounds like a regulator problem or something clogging the gas line. Alf
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