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Old 10-16-2011, 05:20 PM   #1
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lp regulator failed already

I've not had this happen before on any other camper. But the regulator seems to have failed. We went for our final camp of the season, and as I set up, I couldn't get the pilot to light on the water heater. Burner and furnace wouldn't light either. I took the tank to the camp store and filled her up, still no go on all three fronts. Has to be the regulator, right?

Is this a warranty issue? If so, is it worth towing an hour and a half just to get it fixed? I'm sure I can do it myself. Plumer's putty or teflon tape is all I need, right?

I have a brand new single stage regulator from a grill which I set up to run on my home's natural gas. Could that work, or is a dual stage required?

Thanks for any input you all can provide.

BTW, we cooked a lot on pie irons this weekend
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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This is a warranty issue if the regulator has failed. Perhaps the dealer or Jayco would send you one if that is the problem. Even if they do not, the standard regulator (not an autochangeover) on my trailer is only about 20 bucks if you have to buy one and install it yourself. Driving an hour and a half each way would cost way more then that considering gas and time spent IMO. I don`t think I would mess with the one from your grill at home. Was the tank empty when you had it filled or still some gas left? If empty you may have to wait for the air to purge from the lines but you probably have that covered. Also check for any possible leaks in the system.
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Give Jayco a call ... they may agree that the cheaper option for them is to simply send you a new regulator, OR, ask to have it looked at by an independent RV repair shop... in the end, it'd be cheaper for everyone!
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We had a similar problem and the dealer put a new hose on the regulator to the side that quit working. That took care of the problem. They said that they have had several do that this summer.
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We had a similar problem and the dealer put a new hose on the regulator to the side that quit working. That took care of the problem. They said that they have had several do that this summer.
Clutch, did they explain how or why the hose failed? Just curious as to what could fail on a LP hose short of a leak or bad connection
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:40 PM   #6
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With the LP hardware left over from the grill, I can at least try replacing a hose to see if it makes a difference. If not, I'll probably buy a new regulator myself on Amazon. Maybe upgrade in case I ever want to go with a dual tank set-up.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:50 AM   #7
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YELLOW teflon tape not the white stuff...
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YELLOW teflon tape not the white stuff...
...and no plumber's putty anywhere. That's stuff's for mounting fixtures such as faucets and sink drain baskets, not sealing pipe threads. Do not use any kind of sealant on flared fittings and POL fittings (looks like a rounded cone and may have an o-ring on it).

Be sure to check all your connections for leaks with soapy water.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:00 AM   #9
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All of a sudden, it works fine.

Can there be somehting like vapor lock in an lp system?
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...and a half hour later, it doesn't work again!
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