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Old 05-19-2006, 11:35 AM   #1
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We just purchased a 33 ft. Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel. Our stove would not light due to a possible spider web in the lines, also we heard they like to hang out by propane or gas smells of any kind. What is the best way to avoid spiders in a stove gas line, or spiders hanging out near gas or propane. Thanks for any information. Rich
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We just purchased a 33 ft. Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel. Our stove would not light due to a possible spider web in the lines, also we heard they like to hang out by propane or gas smells of any kind. What is the best way to avoid spiders in a stove gas line, or spiders hanging out near gas or propane. Thanks for any information. Rich
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Old 05-19-2006, 01:19 PM   #3
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I have never heard of a spider in a gas line and spiders can not smell.
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Old 05-19-2006, 04:32 PM   #4
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Actually Tom, most spiders have chemosensitive hairs on their front pair of legs. These are hairs that can to some degree smell and inform them what is out there. (Normally the nature of the intended prey)

But all propane and appliance websites caution about spiders being "attracted to the smell" of propane in any propane appliance (including RV's), and that they can and will spin webs that will create stoppages or explosions in the lines.

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Rich, welcome to iRV2.com. I really don't have the answer for your question, wish I did because I probably would not have to work anymore! It has and probably always will be a problem. Since we live in our coach and are constantly using it we have not experienced these kinds of issues but if the coach sat for any length of time I am sure we too would have to clean out the vent tubes of these spiders and their webbing. Good luck to you and I hope that you will be an active participant of the forum. Enjoy and be safe.
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Welcome Rich to irv2
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:36 AM   #7
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I read this last week and sunday afternoon I reminded my self to light the water heater on gas for a while, I normally run off electric.

well it was gettign late and i remebered so i flipped the switch and went about my business of cleaning up and gettign coffe ready for this morning,
i checked the tanks and the grey was full, dw was getting a shower didnt want any back ups
i noticed the water light was not out so i reset the switch and made my way out side
as i lean down to pull teh gray tank vale i hear teh heater going click click click click click the it stops, then it goes click click click click and stops again, I leaned over to eyebell teh vent and sure enough its not lit. and again it starts up going click click click VAROOOOOOOM , bout singed the hair off my arms, I stepped back abruptly and started laughing, thinking Dummy , real smart look into the cannon barrel why dont you, it ran fine for a few minute then kept blowing out, so i turned it off an dwill look at it this evening when i get home. bet i bbqd a spider its was a burn hair smell.
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The dealer where we got our 5-r told us to put animal flea/tick collars behind the access doors because lots of bugs (spiders included) are drawn to propane. Can't say whether it's true or not, but, to date, we haven't had any spiders or other insect-y critters to deal with.
The tech said he's heard about folks that put dryer sheets behind the access doors (supposed to do the same thing) but advised against that as you don't want anything light & fluffy near a combustible area.
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Rich Jacofsky, Welcome to the IRV2 website, hope your enjoying what you are reading on the forum, and congratulations on purchasing a Cedar Creek fifth-wheel, check out our fifth-wheel forum further down the page, we have never had a problem with spiders but we use our coach quite often never leaving it to sit dormant to long. Ed.S
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