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Old 11-22-2015, 05:40 PM   #11
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Thanks all for the suggestions. Since I have full hookups I have been leaving my small electric heater plugged in at night and just turning it on in the middle of the night so nothing internally has to get too cold, including me and the dog. However this isn't a long term solution.

I will call a couple of the local camping repair places tomorrow and get some opinions on this. Seems like I need to replace the regulator, that there is somehow moisture involved here and my guess is that it is water since 30F isn't really that cold.

I was way more concerned with my water hose freezing and my non-insulated underside making the trailer floor cold and never even thought about the Lp system when I was weighing the challenges of full timing in freezing temperatures. It is so rare for it to be below freezing temperatures here in Seattle for more than a day or two.

Thanks again,

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Old 11-22-2015, 05:50 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by alanmalk View Post

If having a spare part in advance has the normal effect on the universe - I will never have a regulator failure...

Alan - that's always been my experience.

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Old 11-22-2015, 06:03 PM   #13
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I was not suggesting an electric heater as we never sleep with ours on or unattended. Those little heaters have been known to cause fires. In this case, hard to say if the electric is more dangerous than the propane since the problem is unknown. Hope you find it soon.
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:17 PM   #14
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Had this problem with our new 19 early last year. After phone discussions with Reece and some testing, it turned out to be a bad propane regulator. Replaced it with a new one (different brand - Camco, I think - that's the one the dealer in Mesa, AZ happened to have on hand) and have had no problems since. The removal of the old and installation of the new took me all of about fifteen minutes.
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Old 11-22-2015, 10:12 PM   #15
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Well I have another fool proof solution .... get two more dogs and if the temperature really drops ... whistle them in and have a three dog night

I can't help it ...... I grew up reading Popular Mechanics in the 50's and 60's .....
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Old 11-23-2015, 07:35 AM   #16
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We too had a similar problem when we picked up our 17b last winter. Solved with new regulator. Since then we have been in temps as low as -20 F without problems. Too bad you didn't order the extra insulation under the trailer. Given that you are in a semi permanent situation you might construct a skirt around the bottom of the trailer which should help with the cold floor somewhat.
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Old 11-23-2015, 07:06 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Richard Krueger View Post
Replaced it with a new one
and have had no problems since.
As I mentioned in a previous similar discussion, I have found that after extended use a regulator can accumulate oil, which is a contaminant in propane. This can make it fail to regulate, or more prone to freeze-up. I have taken out a regulator and poured oil out of it, more than once. Having two regulators to swap when required seems like a good idea in cold weather, and one that needs draining and drying out can be a perfectly good spare.
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Old 11-23-2015, 07:59 PM   #18
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I can't help with any suggestions about your propane issue.. I use it so little.

BUT, I have a great solution for an electric portable heater.

I purchased a Vordano Whole Room electric heater for Ten Forward based on an all-molded-towable owner's recommendation. I am 100% satisfied! It's not small, about the size of an oversized basketball. What I like about it, is the fan runs all the time and only the thermostat turns on the heat. No clicking and a fan coming on in the middle of the night. It's more like a quiet white noise machine. And, the fan is quiet.

It wasn't cheap... I've purchased 4 of those crappy things. Cost me about $90 (love Amazon Prime!). I think I'm going to purchase another one for my sticks 'n bricks.
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Old 11-24-2015, 12:55 AM   #19
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Heater blankets.

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Old 11-24-2015, 01:32 AM   #20
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I used to have a wood stove in the living room. And I would be out in the carport cutting 2x4 scrap into suitable lengths for this little stove with my table saw.
One cold morning, it occurred to me that I could use that electricity to power an oil-filled heater, instead of the table saw.
Pulled the stove and donated it to a charity rummage sale.

If you have to plug these propane blankets in, why not just plug in an electric heater?

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