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Old 12-21-2015, 06:41 AM   #1
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Angry LP Tank Shows Empty on Passenger Side

I just purchased a 2016 Carriage CG38SB that I had an Onan 5500 LP Generator installed in the GEN Ready cabinet. The auto transfer switch is showing empty on the passenger side tank even though I know it isn't. I've swapped tanks just to ensure it. The dealer has replaced both the passenger side regulator and the auto transfer switch on the driver side. There does seem to be enough flow for the range top, but not for the Generator. The only thought I have left is there could be a crimp in the line from the passenger side.

Anyone having similar issues, specifically, the Generator will not run from the passenger side tank.

It will be going back to the dealer in two weeks.
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....on a side note, is anyone experiencing frost on the lp tank being used?
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One thing to watch when opening the tank valve(I'm sure you know this )
is to go slow... a QUICK open of newer tanks makes it think there is a leak and it will shut down flow to prevent a blow !
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....on a side note, is anyone experiencing frost on the lp tank being used?
That is very common and this is the explanation from another site:

"To make sense, it helps to first explain how LPG works. LPG is stored under pressure, as a liquid, in a gas bottle. It turns back into a gas by 'boiling' into gas vapour. This happens at the very low temperature of -42C. To boil, the liquid LPG draws heat from the steel walls of the gas bottle. This, in turn, makes the gas bottle feel colder than the ambient temperature. The gas bottle gets even colder when you are actually using the gas. So, with sufficient humidity and when you are using gas very rapidly, condensation or ice can form on the gas bottle. The visible condensation or frost line indicates the level of the liquid gas remaining in the gas bottle."

I have had those 1 pound propane bottles frost over in the middle of the summer if the rate of propane usage is high enough.
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