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Old 08-20-2016, 04:16 PM   #1
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Just got my first trailer so all this stuff is new to me. I have two propane tanks that the dealer already had turn on when he delivered my trailer. I was wondering if when towing it, should I turn them both off? Is the process just to turn both of them off? I did notice that there was a lever on the regulator but was not sure what it was? Thought it might be a valve to shut off the propane without having to turn off both tanks.

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Old 08-20-2016, 04:41 PM   #2
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The switch in between the tanks should be an automatic switch over. When the first tank is out of propane, it should draw from the second take. This allows you not to have interrupted service. There is a "red" indicator telling you the tank is empty. Then you can refuel the first propane tank. Some people prefer not to use this feature and just leave one tank valve open.

When driving most do leave their propane on. You have to remember that you could have an open flame if you have your refrigerator on while you drive. I do. So when you are driving near a fuel pump or refueling keep that in mind.

If you find that you do not have propane going to an appliance after the rv has sat unused, try lighting the stove for a couple minutes to bleed the air out of the lines and then try the appliance again.

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Old 08-20-2016, 05:00 PM   #3
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The lever has an arrow on it. Does that mean it's pointing to the one that it's getting propane from? It is currently pointed to the right tank but both are open. I took a pic and thought I could put it here for you to see but no attachment on tapatalk.

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The lever has an arrow on it. Does that mean it's pointing to the one that it's getting propane from? It is currently pointed to the right tank but both are open. I took a pic and thought I could put it here for you to see but no attachment on tapatalk.

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As long as the sight glass is not red, then the lever does indeed point to the tank that it's drawing from. When that tank goes empty, the pressure of the OTHER tank (assuming the valve is open) switches the regulator to draw from the OTHER tank. At that time, a red metal flag pops up in the regulator to know that switchover has occurred. When that happens, move the lever back to the other tank. The red flag will go away, because now it IS pointing to the draw tank. Now you can disconnect your empty tank and refill it, without ever losing propane flow. And the cycle continues towards the next switch.
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I feel so educated on a topic that I thought was a silly question. Thanks guys greatly appreciate your comments.

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I feel so educated on a topic that I thought was a silly question. Thanks guys greatly appreciate your comments.

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MartyinSC gave a great explanation. There are no silly questions except those you don't ask. And you will get better info than from just the dealer. Welcome to the group.
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Thanks, I truly feel welcomed. Gotta ask another question re my new Z-1. There is a propane quick connect at the rear of the trailer. Just wondering what way is the handle of the valve need to be pointing to be off? Mine is pointing outward in the direction of flow. I always thought this was a "on" position.

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If the valve is in line or parallel with the propane line, that should be open to allow flow.
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That's what I was thinking. I did not smell propane though. I guess I should turn it permidicular then.

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That's what I was thinking. I did not smell propane though. I guess I should turn it permidicular then.

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Yes. There's likely a check valve that prevents the propane from escaping if there's nothing attached like the BBQ. I would not trust it though and always reposition the valve when not using it.
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