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Old 08-18-2012, 09:08 AM   #1
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Propane alarm

I have a 2007 Fleetwood Providence, we filled our propane tank and headed out on a trip. As we were driving the propane alarm went off I looked at everything but was told that the tank was filled up to much and the person who filled it did not know what he was doing. when your stopped the alarm does not go off only while we drive. There is no gas smell parked but when driving yes.
Does anybody have any possible answers to this problem.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:15 AM   #2
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I understand it's filled above 80% full . Is the fill valve been closed all the way?

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Old 08-18-2012, 01:12 PM   #3
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It is very difficult to overfill a motorhome tank - it has a built-in shut-off (OPD device). Not impossible, though. Who was it that advised the tank has been overfilled? Anybody with real credentials in LP systems? Or just some helpful bystander?

I think I would be looking elsewhere for the cause. Many more things than LP can set off a propane detector. Almost any hydrocarbon gas/fumes will do it. And the problem occurs while driving, when engine exhaust is flowing. But don't rule out the LP either.
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:21 PM   #4
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Since the LP leak detector is usually very near the stove, check that the stove top pilot flame is lit. And the oven, if you have one, is turned to 'Off'. I've made both of those mistakes and it does trip the LP detector. Leaving the stove top cover up while driving can blow out the pilot and since I never use the oven, took a while to notice it was on Pilot instead of Off.

Finally, as the sensor ages, it's more prone to false trips. Pull out your vacuum and vacuum the sensor opening.

If you're getting the smell while driving, but you've turned off your tank valve, then you're probably smelling odor from the holding tanks. Cure is to change the poorly designed roof covers for a plumbing 'T' or a commercial head.

Agree with the others that the tank can't be overfilled.
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Old 08-18-2012, 04:32 PM   #5
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Propane as well as CO (carbon monoxide) detectors need to be replaced every 5yrs. Look on the detetectors there will (should) be an expiration/replace date on devices built after 2002 (if I recall).
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:11 PM   #6
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Paid a call on a fellow camper who had a Propane aroma in her RV.

Took a look at the stove


Fixed it.
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When mine started doing that the fix was to replace it with a new one. Not that expensive, not that hard.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:11 AM   #8
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Thanks to all who replied, I used the propane to cool the fridge and heat the water. Also used the hookup to run the bbq. When we started heading home the alarm did not go off so I think it was full and by using some reduced the volume.

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