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Old 03-20-2016, 09:38 AM   #1
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Propane tank

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I am about to bring the motor home out of winter hibernation for our first long trip in April. As I was at the motor home I thought I smelled propane coming from the lp tank....not strong. The place where I am storing it is also an RV sales and service centre so I asked the technician to have a look (smell) next time he was around there. When I went back a few days later I couldn't smell anything. The tech said it was not uncommon to sometimes smell a little gas coming from the tank. The propane hadn't been used in a few months.
I could ask the service centre to do a leak inspection, but they couldn't do service if needed. I would have to take it to an authorized propane service centre all the way across the city.
My questions, is it not uncommon to sometimes smell a little gas coming from the tank? Or do I just take it directly to the Propane centre for inspection and/or repairs if needed?
Thoughts?
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Hi all.
I am about to bring the motor home out of winter hibernation for our first long trip in April. As I was at the motor home I thought I smelled propane coming from the lp tank....not strong. The place where I am storing it is also an RV sales and service centre so I asked the technician to have a look (smell) next time he was around there. When I went back a few days later I couldn't smell anything. The tech said it was not uncommon to sometimes smell a little gas coming from the tank. The propane hadn't been used in a few months.
I could ask the service centre to do a leak inspection, but they couldn't do service if needed. I would have to take it to an authorized propane service centre all the way across the city.
My questions, is it not uncommon to sometimes smell a little gas coming from the tank? Or do I just take it directly to the Propane centre for inspection and/or repairs if needed?
Thoughts?
The only time you should smell the propane gas if there is a leak..........
Get yourself a bottle of "Snoop" and check all the fittings/connections, the snoop will find a leak !
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Old 03-20-2016, 09:47 AM   #3
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Make up a solution of Dish Soap and water and check fittings. If your tank was shut off in storage, then the suspects would be the fittings at the tank itself, if your shut off was on, then you would have to check all fittings at tank and appliances. Better to be proactive when it comes to LP leaks. Never normal to smell raw propane!! Hope this helps.


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The several things you can do.
1 make sure your flammable gas detector and smoke detectors are working.
2 Take it to a RV service place that has trained tecs. If they are certified and trained they should be able to diagnose if you have a leak, tell you what your regulator is set to with a manometer, and find the leak if you have one and fix the problem.
3. Don't screw around with this issue every thing in an RV is flammable or combustible and they burn down to the frame very quickly.

In other words the tec you talked to is blowing smoke.
Good Luck and be safe.
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A couple f questions. Did you fill the propane tank just before storing. Warming temps can cause the tank to vent sometimes.
Did you turn the valve back on. Some on/off valves are self purging. They must be all the way on or all the way off. Anything in between and the valve will try to purge the lines.
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Thanks to all for your responses. To answer a couple of questions, the tank was not recently filled nor has the propane been used since last October. It has been off since.
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A failed regulator is a common source of minor LP seepage. It escapes through the vent hole if the internal diaphragm fails.

A tool like this helps if you aren't handy with the soapy water technique.

http://www.amazon.com/General-Tools-...E1K/ref=sr_1_2
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