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Old 06-12-2021, 07:33 PM   #1
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Can't seem to turn off the OPD valve on my propane tank

We have two 20 lb propane tanks on our Scamp but no automatic cutover. When one goes empty, we manually change over. We use the second tank for outdoor cooking on occasion, like tonight. After dinner tonight I went to disconnect the hose and could not budge the handle. The tank is in the full on position so I'm hesitant to just pop those hose off. Thoughts on how to deal with this? We are at a KOA tonight and they have propane service, so we can ask for help in the morning. Just curious if this is a common issue and if there is a hack to fixing it.
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Old 06-13-2021, 01:04 AM   #2
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definitely want to close that tank valve before disconnecting... if its stuck full open, you might have to use a wrench on the valve. suggestion for the future, never jam any screw valve full open, turn it til its fully open, then turn it back a half turn.

i've had to replace two of those automatic failover regulators for not reliably failing, AND not indicating when they had. I used a Marshall-Excelsior (made-in-USA) replacement regulator, these have always worked perfectly for me. ah this one, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KPR9Q30 plus a couple suitable length 'pigtails', these are good quality, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BNEVT2 but 12" is almost too long.

I avoid offbrand noname chinese propane stuff like the plague, there's no quality control.
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Old 06-13-2021, 11:40 AM   #3
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I've had one jamb so badly that the handle broke off. Used vice grippers on the stud and it started to grind off. Mine stuck closed.
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Old 06-13-2021, 06:54 PM   #4
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If you can get a strap wrench and wrap the strap around the valve. Then very slowly apply pressure to the end of the wrench. The even grip all the way around then valve handle may allow you to close it.
Worth a try. I’ve seen aluminum and brass valve wrenches often where a leak or an explosion is possible. Leave the really tough ones to the professionals.
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Old 06-14-2021, 06:23 PM   #5
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Spend the extra $5 and swap the tank off. All fixed!
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Old 06-17-2021, 10:20 PM   #6
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Spend the extra $5 and swap the tank off. All fixed!
They can't take the tank off when it is stuck open all the way. That would be extremely dangerous. Swap outs aren't always that good of an idea. Those companies take old tanks that are rusty and paint them to look new. I like to know what my tank has been through and how it has been treated.
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Old 06-19-2021, 04:44 PM   #7
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They can't take the tank off when it is stuck open all the way. That would be extremely dangerous. .
The valve on the tank will shut off the gas flow as soon as you remove the hose. To prove it to your self turn on the valve with no hose attached, nothing will happen.
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Old 06-19-2021, 05:12 PM   #8
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It’s sad when the original poster does not confirm whether or not he has solved the problem after multiple possible fixes are proposed. Doesn’t make an experienced person want to spend their time trying to help
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Old 06-19-2021, 06:49 PM   #9
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Itís sad when the original poster does not confirm whether or not he has solved the problem after multiple possible fixes are proposed. Doesnít make an experienced person want to spend their time trying to help
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I totally agreeÖ that is one of my biggest pet peeves
If you ask for help and get resolutionÖ why not come back and share your solution
It may help others
I donít get it
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Old 06-19-2021, 06:52 PM   #10
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Maybe the propane tank blew up?
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Old 06-19-2021, 07:26 PM   #11
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Doubt it. In our litigious society we would all be being encouraged to sue someone’s pants off. Or my other theory is that somebody would have heard The Big Bang.
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Old 06-19-2021, 07:32 PM   #12
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Itís sad when the original poster does not confirm whether or not he has solved the problem after multiple possible fixes are proposed. Doesnít make an experienced person want to spend their time trying to help
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Yep!
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Old 06-20-2021, 07:41 AM   #13
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Try researching just how much impact one of these tanks can take. You will find a few sights in the industry which if you read through make very plane that it basically requires you take a sledge to the valve which is purposely shield or something equally unlikely. Then you find almost as many from ambulance chasers.
What you do find is where someone had a propane leak and blew up their rv, shop or home.
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Old 06-21-2021, 04:52 AM   #14
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The original poster (me) used up all of his data plan and couldn't connect with Verizon to add more. But now it's a new month and I'm good to go. With respect to data anyway.

We are headed back to civilization today. Specifically Lancaster, PA. We plan to remove the tank and try to find a full service propane dealer or small trailer/RV shop to take a look at it. I'll update again when we know more.
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Old 06-21-2021, 07:18 PM   #15
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Breaking News thread starter is still with us. Good to read it's working out. If "tank" side I just get them swapped out. But only as nessary. RV side good call for a pro if unsure of self and still might be good if sure of self too.
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Old 06-24-2021, 03:09 PM   #16
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Okay, we finally landed in Lancaster, PA this week
and then I promptly drove to Atlanta, GA to pickup my daughter and help move her to Brooklyn, NY. Whew!

Meanwhile, my wife stopped in at Suburban Propane in Lancaster and dropped the tank off for them to take a look. I stopped in today and picked it up. Per the manager, "it opened right up, nothing wrong", no charge. Then as I was loading up a fellow came walking over from the back of the shop. He was the one who actually looked at it. He said yep, handle was stuck. He took a pair of channel locks and got it to close. Then he took the handle off and lubricated it. He couldn't see any problems and it works fine now. Whew (again)!

We will be careful to not crank it too far open. And I will add a pair of channel locks to my tool kit.
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a pair of channel locks lives under the half back seat of my truck at all times, along with a 6-in-1 screwdriver, a extra heavy duty set of jumper cables, and my little ViAir compressor.
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Old 06-24-2021, 06:35 PM   #18
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All those and a few more in the Escape And the Highlander. Jumpers and some tools in the Highlander channel locks in two sizes in the escape tool kit and two screwdrivers a full sized multiple bit from Escape and a ratcheting multiple bit stubby from Milwaukee tools. Milwaukee 12v inflator has helped me several times.
And as Donna D says. A good credit card at all times.
Good report, glad the tank was ok and you don’t have to buy new one.
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Old 06-25-2021, 06:57 AM   #19
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suggestion for the future, never jam any screw valve full open, turn it til its fully open, then turn it back a half turn.


Just wanted to remind members to never open your valves all the way, but when you feel resistance turn it back a half turn like John said.

I also don't close the valve tight as hell. Closed fairly tight has always worked for the past 50+ years.

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