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Old 11-29-2013
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My Hurricane is flaming out. The obvious thing is that in the fuel filter the fuel level is sitting at the bottom of the filter element; I think normally the bowl is full? What should I be looking for?
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Don,

First thing to check is diesel fuel level. My hurricane will not run at less than 1/3
of a tank. I have threatened to re-pipe it, but have not done it yet. The next thing I would check is the fuel pump, but I would bet that your problem is your tank level is too low.

I changed my fuel filter before the trip to Durango and the heater started up and ran for about a minute and stopped. After calling it every name in the book, I realized that my tank level was too low. Hope that is your issue.
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If your hurricane heater does not have a return line back to the diesel tank (by design) the filter will not be full.

The most frequent cause of a flame out is air in the fuel supply line.
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I believe I am below 1/3 tank. I "assumed" that it would draw at least to 1/4. That makes me feel better. I will try not to panic until I get some fuel!
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Has your fuel orifice last changed or inspected in the last year or so? Is the needle valve in the return line partially open? I recall reading that it must be for proper operation.
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Don,

Jim is correct. On that coach, I know for sure that if the fuel level gets about half way between half and a quarter tank, the Hurricane will run dry of fuel. Also be aware that the generator fuel line inlet level is well above the quarter tank hash mark also. I know that for sure also.

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We are in a park for a couple of days, so I ran it out today and filled - 102.3 gallons, which is definitely more than 2/3 of the 145 gallon tank! When I got back we turned the diesel burner on and I could see the bowl in the filter immediately fill. It fired right up.

Since I don't think this is documented anywhere it is another time the forum did well for me!
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Glad that was the only issue. Unfortunately the pick-up for both the Hurricane and generator are in the middle of the tank and very difficult to access. If I get around to doing something to mine, I will post.
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