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Old 11-25-2015, 12:48 PM   #31
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I can't add much to solve Kelly's problem - but his description seems to indicate a regulator issue, and that in turn prompted me to purchase a spare regulator on EBay a few minutes ago.

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

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Which one did you buy? Ratings for many aren't so great.
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Old 11-25-2015, 06:49 PM   #32
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Which one did you buy? Ratings for many aren't so great.
I found an identical unit that matched the ETI original, on Ebay.

Here is the text of the item listing:
"Propane Regulator 2 way Automatic Changeover LP Gas RV Trailer Grill Parts"
About $40 USD plus shipping.

I don't know if there are better (or worse) regulators out there. I'm counting on the Karma of the Universe to prevent a failure now that I have a spare.

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Old 11-25-2015, 06:56 PM   #33
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The gauge looks different than mine.
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Old 11-25-2015, 06:58 PM   #34
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Thanks Alan- that is the same one ETI used on our 21. Can't make out the Mfg. trying to read the logo- maybe with a magnifying glass.

Edit: It looks exactly like Marshall Excelsior MEGR-9984 2-Stage Automatic Regulator I see on Amazon for $52; on Ebay it is $47. Both include shipping.
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Old 11-25-2015, 07:00 PM   #35
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Thanks Alan- that is the same one ETI used on our 21. Can't make out the Mfg. trying to read the logo- maybe with a magnifying glass.
Just took a very close look - the manufacture is "Fairview", model is "Gas-Flo".

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The gauge looks different than mine.
I have a hunch that any auto-changover regulator will work. My objective was to find one with matching mounting holes and matching fittings for the hoses.

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Old 11-25-2015, 08:57 PM   #37
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Am with you on the Murphy's Law approach to spares- have one & will probably not need it. That said am considering installing the new spare to be sure it works after reading reviews.

Wondering what make Baglo's(spell checker Bangkok!) is as I don't remember all the noise from the regulator on our 2010 17B that I hear with now on our 21.
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It's dark out.
And cold.
I'll take a pic tomorrow.
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Old 11-25-2015, 09:26 PM   #39
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Update on the full time adventure:
I called around yesterday and got quoted the same price at a few places, around $65-70 for a regulator. A bit pricey but I need it now since the forecast for the next few nights is still below freezing. So I went to the local RV repair shop and picked one up this morning. Bought some teflon tape that was rated for gas connections, got out a few wrenches, and went at it.
Getting the first pigtail off was a bit of a challenge simply because I couldn't get a good grip on it. Got a wrench with a narrower grip and was good. The second one came off much easier. And the main line was no problem.
Cleaned up all the old yellow tape and wrapped on fresh. Put it all together in reverse order, reconnected the propane tanks, opened them up slowly and checked for leaks.
I boiled some water to make sure I got all the air out of the lines and then fired up the furnace. It has been working just fine ever since.
In fact, the air coming out of the furnace is actually hot, not just warm like it had been for the past few weeks. Makes me realize that the propane flow had been restricted more than just at night when the temperature was below freezing.
The Pirit Heated Hose that I installed last week is doing its job, keeping the water flowing into the trailer. I put on a brass right angle at the trailer connection and insulated it. I also used my brass pressure regulator on the main water line connection and wrapped it in a section of pipe insulation. I am going to put some more insulation under the bed on the walls where the water lines run for a bit more comfort and protection for the water lines.
Since I pay for electricity (metered sites) I thought it would be cheaper to use the propane furnace most of the time. But since I had to rely upon the electric heater this past week I'll find out when I get the monthly electric bill next week just how costly electric heat is.

Thanks to all for the advice. I'll keep you updated on how things go for the next few months.

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Good that you have that all fixed up! Sounds as if it is a big improvement.
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