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Old 03-01-2009, 04:27 PM   #1
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Just hoping one of you can point me in the right direction with this new experience. 2003 DolphinLX parked in Florida for two months on east coast. Left this morning for central Florida and smelled a strong odor outside the coach when I arrived at the new park. Several people commented that it smelled like propane however it was coming from the front of the coach (engine area) and not from the back. I turned off the propane but no smell back there. After the coach set a while I moved it to a new site later in the day and same strong odor - like a propane smell from the front. Any thoughts on this - Has anyone experience this before. I don't belive it is from propane at all but a worried about leaving in a few weeks unless I get a handle on what it may be. Thanks in advance for your thoughts or suggestions.

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You may want to do a full inspection of the engine area for critter nests.

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I am not at all certain about the acuity of most people's sniffers however a sweet or unusual odor from the front of the motorhome may be coolant evaporating off of the engine block.

We know that LP routing doesn't typically migrate to the front of the motorhome however if there was a leak you could certainly meter that. Your local fire department will have a sniffer and they will be able to tell if there is an explosive mixture present.
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I agree if the main valve out of the propane tank is turned off then it can't be propane and the next sweet smelling odor is anti-freeze. Maybe time to check the seep hole on the bottom of the waterpump and the hoses.
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Neighbours next to us had a bad propane like smell from the back of their diesel pusher. After turning off the propane and the smell persisted, they checked their engine batteries and one was ready to "blow".
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Toasting batteries do not really smell like propane. The odorant in propane has a very distinctive smell. The batteries will have a acrid like smell.
But in any case, check the batteries. When plugged in, you need to check them about once an month.

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