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Old 11-20-2014, 09:32 PM   #1
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Odor in kitchen

We have a odor in our kitchen when the propane tank has propane in it. When it doesn't we don't have the odor. The heat doesn't need to be running to notice the smell. I've had it looked at several times and no one has been able to find where it's coming from. The odor sometimes is very strong and other times it's not. It doesn't smell up where the burners are. The area coming up the steps are the strongest. We have a gas leak alarm but it has never gone off. We have an 2003 Itasca Sunflyer. I'm taking it again for someone to look at it. If you could help me with any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:41 PM   #2
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Mix a spray bottle with 50/50 liquid soap and water. Begin at the storage tank and spray every line to that lines termination point at all the appliances, watching closely for tiny bubbles at a leak site. It'll take most of a day if done properly, but that's the only way to logically locate a leak. Include every knob and fitting on the storage tank.

It must be a small, slow leak or your LP detector will be sounding. FWIW, the human nose is 1,000 times more sensitive to odors than the best detection equipment.
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We had a continuing trace odor of propane but no alarm.

Turned out the 14 year old regulator needed to be replaced.

Cheap and easy fix.
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:07 AM   #4
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It is difficult to know what someone is smelling when you are not with them. Just for the heck of it, check your batteries and make sure they are not emitting a rotten egg odor indicative of a sulphation problem that can cause serious problems. Another typical odor problem can come from the air admittance/vacuum breakers located under the sinks when they fail.

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I think your batteries are under the steps and you may be smelling your batteries being over charged. Be careful checking the batteries, the gas coming from over charged batteries is explosive.
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I had an odor in my 5er's kitchen so I tightened the propane lines on the stove and the odor went away.
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We had a continuing trace odor of propane but no alarm.

Turned out the 14 year old regulator needed to be replaced.

Cheap and easy fix.
Where is the regulator located?
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Where is the regulator located?
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Usually just after the shutoff valve on your propane tank.
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Had a pressure test done on the propane line and found no leaks. Ughhhhh:
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I'll repeat. Check your batteries. Propane and sulfuric acid smell similar. If your batteries are under the steps, chances are that the odor is coming from the batteries.
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Make sure all stove knobs are off and that the oven is set to OFF, not Pilot.

If you have any quick connects for portable heaters be sure they are not stuck open.
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No smell from batteries. Stove knobs are turned off. Could the black water holding tank give off an Odor that would resemble a propane smell. There is no odor coming from the bathroom or underneath the kitchen sink. The odor is most prevalent when you first come into the motorhome which is in the center of the motorhome and the kitchen with a island which houses the two burner stove. Again the strongest smell is noticed when first entering the coach and batteries have been checked and no smell. Will have them check the regulator tomorrow but I could use any suggestions. Is there away the black water tank be professionally cleaned.
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Yes the tanks both black and grey can be professionally "scrubbed." Just had mine done. Cost $150.00, takes about an hour. I'd google up a search for your area. We can't really tell where your located. Might want to add your location to your signature.
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