Thursday, September 21, 2023


Ask Dave: LP stove and oven won’t light. Why not?

Answers to questions about RV Repair and Maintenance from RV expert Dave Solberg, author of the RV Handbook and the managing editor of the RV Repair Club. This column appears Monday through Saturday in the RV Travel and RV Daily Tips newsletters. (Sign up for an email reminder for each new issue if you do not already receive one.) Today Dave discusses an LP stove that won’t light.

Dear Dave,
I have a problem with the oven and top burners in my Imagine travel trailer. Neither will light, either by sparker switch or manually by use of a lighter. No gas is reaching the oven pilot either. All other gas appliances are normal and work fine. Could there be a valve behind the stove in-line blocking the gas supply? —Leon

Dear Leon,
Every LP appliance should have an in-line shut-off valve somewhere close to the appliance. For example, this picture shows the shut-off valve of the refrigerator accessed from the outside vent cover.

You can see the copper supply tube coming from the right side of the photo that is connected to a block assembly. This is the valve that the module board opens and closes to start and stop the operation. It has a manual open and close lever as well. This allows a technician to close the valve to work on the unit and even remove it, and still allow LP to go to other appliances.

Your stovetop and oven are typically an all-in-one unit, so the supply line would come in from the bottom. It should have a valve down along the floor line. I would suggest opening lower cabinet doors or taking out drawers, as this valve is typically not very accessible.

Verify gas coming to burners

I would also suggest verifying if you have any gas or air coming to the burners. This can be done by having a water column tester installed prior to the stove connection. You can also use an LP leak tester at the stovetop. Open the burner valve and use the tester to verify LP is present. If it shows there is LP, then you have an issue with the appliance’s orifice and not enough LP present.

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Dave Solberg worked at Winnebago for 15 years developing the dealer training program, as marketing manager, and conducting shows. As the owner of Passport Media Creations, Dave has developed several RV dealer training programs, the RV Safety Training program for The Recreation Vehicle Safety and Education Foundation, and the accredited RV Driving Safety program being conducted at rallies and shows around the country. Dave is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook” as well as the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club.


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Dave Solberg
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook” as well as the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club. He has been in the RV Industry since 1983 and conducts over 15 seminars at RV shows throughout the country.


  1. We just took our first trip in our GD 303RLS. For us, the stove top worked, all three burners lit properly with the igniter, but the oven won’t light. We didn’t smell any gas, when it was turned to the on position, while we tried to light it with a lighter, either. We have another trip planned in 2 weeks so don’t want to take it to the dealer now, for fear we won’t get it back in time.

  2. Could there be an oxygen sensor valve (lack of oxygen) or CO sensor valve in the stove? Check make and model of the stove and it’s specs to find out.

    Such a valve may have failed in the closed position. Modern 100% efficient gas devices have started incorporating these safety devices.

  3. I’m pretty sure the shutoff valve is in the included picture but finding it is another thing! How about an arrow or circle or some other way to highlight it???

    • The valve in the pic is where you see a yellow square between the copper line an the aluminum colored line. There will be a similar looking line and valve assembly under the range/oven assembly.


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