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Old 11-17-2023, 08:05 PM   #1
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Propane regulator

We have a 2005 17B that we purchase in 2018. I noticed that the fridge was having some issues staying cold when using the water heater and stove. From these forums I learned that I should adjust the pressure which I did and it has worked well since. However, I think it maybe the OEM regulator and I want to replace for next year. My question is what manufacture and model should I be looking at? (I am thinking that there maybe something that would be an upgrade from the stock installed unit.)
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Old 11-17-2023, 08:56 PM   #2
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I haven't replaced one in a while but folks on the Rpod forum mostly use Flame King regulators.
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Old 11-17-2023, 10:43 PM   #3
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Marshall-Excelsior is highly rated
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Old 11-18-2023, 08:39 AM   #4
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Yes, this has served us well.
https://www.amazon.com/Marshall-Exce...8aAptNEALw_wcB

Are the very early Escapes dual tank with changeover or just a single tank?if single tank you would want something like this
https://www.amazon.com/Marshall-Exce.../dp/B00KTSBYTY

On edit it appears the dual propane tanks may have been an option on early 17’s because you see it both ways. The single tanks are more typically seen on the 13’s and 15’s.
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Old 11-18-2023, 02:05 PM   #5
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Yes, this has served us well.
https://www.amazon.com/Marshall-Exce...8aAptNEALw_wcB

Are the very early Escapes dual tank with changeover or just a single tank?if single tank you would want something like this
https://www.amazon.com/Marshall-Exce.../dp/B00KTSBYTY

On edit it appears the dual propane tanks may have been an option on early 17s because you see it both ways. The single tanks are more typically seen on the 13s and 15s.

Ours came with dual tanks. At some point they were repositioned to allow a generator. I used the gen space to have a custom built aluminum box and I installed it.
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Thank you

Thanks for the suggestions. I will research them..
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Old 11-18-2023, 11:11 PM   #7
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Flame King is Chinese made and kissing cousin or closer, to the Winntec 6020 which is a huge fire hazard (and was recalled)

Best choice is the Marshall Excelsior MEGR253. Models with an L suffix are lower flow rates, have blue paint on the large diaphragm housing and at 150K BTU flow are quite OK for almost any RV. Models with no suffix and no paint on the housing are 225K BTU and also can be used on any RV. The suffix H models have OD green paint and are high flow, 350K BTU and the extra capacity is not really needed. If there is a P suffix it simply means it is in a clear plastic hard shell package. Without the P it is in a plastic bag and came to the seller in bulk, more prone to being damaged.

https://www.amazon.com/Marshall-Exce.../dp/B01H14V6GY

You also need the plastic cover that covers the vent to protect the vent. Required by the DOT. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KTS0WOC?th=1

Pages 7-9 of this ME camping catalog will tell you all about the regulators and how they operate. Marshall Excelsior Camp and RV catalog

Fairview regulators are made in Mexico and have reliability issues.
Cavagna Kosan regulators are made in China but of Italian design and in company owned plants, and seem to be of decent quality. https://www.amazon.com/Cavagna-Kosan.../dp/B07BCK2JNM

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Old 11-19-2023, 02:23 AM   #8
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Best choice is the Marshall Excelsior MEGR253. Models with an L suffix are lower flow rates, have blue paint on the large diaphragm housing and at 150K BTU flow are quite OK for almost any RV. Models with no suffix and no paint on the housing are 225K BTU and also can be used on any RV. The suffix H models have OD green paint and are high flow, 350K BTU and the extra capacity is not really needed. ...
I totally concur with what Charles wrote. Marshall Excelsior MEGR-253 be what you want. I've always gotten the standard plain silver one and have no complaints. I've replaced several funky regulators with these and they've just always worked. I'd recommend getting them from a legit source, and not the cheapest place you can find just to avoid banged up old stock and/or counterfeit.
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Old 11-19-2023, 10:26 PM   #9
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Is there some reason that the propane tanks on 5.0 trailers come installed with the gas output ACME fitting pointed to the rear of the trailer instead of to the front where it seems it would be easier to attach and detach when switching tanks? The short hoses from the tank to the regulator might not be long enough to reach to front-pointing tank fittings but those hoses commonly come in a longer 24" size too.
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