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    Propane system problem

    We used our BH the month of Feb. at Gulf Shores and everything worked fine. Returned to home and put it in storage garage. I closed the valves on both propane bottles. Today I went to check it over before we leave next week on a trip. I opened both propane tank valves and noticed that the red flag in the inspection glass stayed red and would not turn green. I could light a stove burner but it flame was low. I can tell by condensation on the tanks that they are at least 2/3 full. I switched the tanks to the other side and when I opened the tank valves the indicator flag turned green and the stove burner burned fine for about 30 seconds then went very low. I looked at the indicator flag and it was red again. No matter how I have the selector turned the flag stayes red and there appears to be a very low pressure judging by how a burner on the stove lights. The temps have been above freezing for a month now so I do not think the regulator is frozen. Anyone have any suggestions?
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    Sounds like the regulator is "stuck". I kinda remember there being some problems early on with some regulators. May want to do a search here on the forum and see what else is going on. Otherwise a call to the dealer or Heartland may be in order.

    check this out http:////heartlandowners.org/showthr...ight=regulator

    and this http:////heartlandowners.org/showthr...ight=regulator

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    Another thing to try. Close both tank valves and remove the hoses from the tanks. Reconnect the hoses and open the valves slowly. Sometimes opening the valves too fast will trigger a safety valve in the tank and shut off the flow of propane.
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    Like Ray said, it just might fix your problem.

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    Been there done that

    I have had this happen to me. I had re-routed a propane line and on startup I had the same issues. I turned off both tank valves and let them off for a few minutes. If you listen closely you can hear a click at the tank valve when you turn it off. If you turn it back on and open the valve too fast you can hear the click again. This is a safety valve in the tank that thinks there is a leak and restricts the flow to a trickle. If you open the valve very slowly you will not hear the click and everything should be fine.
    Your issues sounds very much the same as what I had encountered. I would try opening the valve just the smallest amount, then let the pressure build slowly before opening it further.
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    Someone might chime in here if I am wrong, however, I don't think the selector does anything except point to the one you are using and you do that yourself...it's not automatic.
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    Hey Jimmyt5,

    You are somewhat correct. That fact is that the lever lets you point to the tank you want on, but there is an automatic feature in that if the tank that the lever is pointing to runs empty, therefore no pressure, then it will automatically switch over to the other propane cylinder because there is enough pressure to trip the internal switch, provided the tank valve is open. When this is realized, you then flip the lever over towards the good tank and the remove the empty tank and get it filled.

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    Mark:
    That has never worked on mine. The DW can attest to that as we have run out on one tank, in the middle of the night, and the elbow in my ribs was enough to let me know that she was cold and to get up and change the tanks.
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    We had this happen to us also, tanks did not switch over in the middle of the night. It's really bad to wake up with frost on your nose. We took it to the dealer and they said the pressure wasn't set right on the auto switch. We will see as we haven't tried it since it was fixed.
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    My switch has never switched over automatically so I assumed it was just a manual switchover regulator/valve. I had an automatic one before and it did not look anything like the ones we have on the BH nor does it look like the ones sold at CW.
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