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Old 04-14-2009, 12:05 PM   #1
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Propane Test

I purchased a used Popup last year and used it several times. I did not use the propane system on it. I want to test the system before I used it. Is there any typ of pressure testers that I can purchase. I would like to use this randomly to check over the next few years since this an older camper. Any help would be appreciated.
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Welcome to the IRV2 family.... Does it have a inside stove & furnace? We had a 99' Coleman that both and inside a a outside stove. How old is the pop-up?
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Given it's a pop-up (i.e. well vented) you could just turn on the gas and spray soapy water (shake up a bottle of Windex or so) on all the propane connections looking for bubbles.
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Given it's a pop-up (i.e. well vented) you could just turn on the gas and spray soapy water (shake up a bottle of Windex or so) on all the propane connections looking for bubbles.
That's a good idea except for the Windex. Use a soap product that DOES NOT HAVE AMMONIA. Ammonia will cause brass (fittings) to become brittle and crack.
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kix - Good point! I usually use plain old dish soap and water in a sprayer but tried to think of something easier for this posting. I probably should have mentioned using Formula 409 or something similar?
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If you have a RED/Green "Tank empty" indicator on the regulator, then turn off everything and open one tank valve, the indicator should go green, close valve and check tomorrow, should still be green

If you have not, then open a tank valve till you hear the hiss of gas flowing, Ok, open all the way then close, come back tomorrow and open slowly, did you hear the hiss of gas flow again? (You should not) note that this is not as good as the first version.

You can get in in-line pressure gauge from most places that sell RV's
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Type of pressure tester? LP systems should be set to 11" water column, which is ~0.5 psi. This requires a special gauge and knowledge of adjustment procedures. It's cheaper and safer to have a RV tech or gas company perform this adjustment.
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