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Old 05-07-2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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Residual Propane Smell

I've been getting a whiff of propane smell for a few days. I've put soap on every connection I can find but can't determine a leak location. I've disconnected the line from the tank and still get an occasional whiff of the propane smell. I have to think either the tank has a leak or I'm smelling residual oder. I first noticed smell after leaving cool Oregon and getting to hot Texas so thought maybe the increase in heat caused the smell to ease out a bit. Oh, I should mention no smell inside the RV - it is outside and not in the same area - guess the wind moves it in different directions.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:43 AM   #2
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Did you just have your tank filled? It is possible that the tank was overfilled. There is a pressure relief valve on our system that will release some propane when the tank is overfilled (which happened to us one time at a Flying J). If you had it filled right before going to hot weather and you have checked all connections, this may be your problem.
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I left Oregon April 17 and filled the propane tank the day I left but didn't notice the oder until a few days ago. Also the tank when full seems to last a couple of months and it shows empty this morning. Winnebago replaced the tank about a year ago because a weld was leaking. The weld that previously leaked is in a position I can't get soap to unless I remove the tank. I guess that'll be todays project. Pull the tank and check the welds.
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I found the problem. I was able to get up and behind the tank and spay it with soap solution and found a leak at a weld. There are two mounting plates welded to the tank and there is a leak at one of the welds. So now, calls to Winnebago to see what they can to help me out.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:05 PM   #5
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Wow! Two tanks in a row that leaked? You're jinxed!!!
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:19 PM   #6
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Well, I don't know about jinxed but they had/have a recall on the tank mountings. I'd thought when they repaired it they would have done it right but ?? They did not install the cradle carrier mentioned in the following:
Make: WINNEBAGO
Model: JOURNEY
Model Year: 2004
Manufacturer: WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES, INC.
Mfr's Report Date: FEB 20, 2004
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V114000
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NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component: EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE:LPG TANK ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5143
Summary:
ON CERTAIN MOTORHOMES, THE LP TANK HAS STRESS ON WELD JOINTS AT THE POINT WHERE MOUNTING BRACKETS ARE WELDED TO THE TANK.
Consequence:
THIS COULD CAUSE STRESS CRACKS AT THE WELD JOINTS AND LEAD TO AN LP LEAK AND CAUSE PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR VEHICLE DAMAGE.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REINSTALL A CRADLE-STYLE CARRIER, AND, IF NECESSARY REPLACE THE LP TANK. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 25, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT WINNEBAGO AT 641-585-6939.
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WINNEBAGO RECALL NO. 90. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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I am so glad you found the problem. I can't believe you have now had a problem with 2 tanks at the weld joint. That, I would think, would be down right unusual. At least you knew to be persistant and find the problem - good for you. Very smart!
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FYI At the labor rates they charge now a days I try to do as much as possible that I can. Finding a leak was time consuming and not to hard but I did have to crawl under & around a bit. Winnebago called me back and my RV was not part of the 2004 recall listed in a message above. They asked if I could bring the RV by so they can try to figure out the problem. So we'll be heading a bit north on our way back to Oregon.
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Wow that could have been real bad!
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I found the problem. I was able to get up and behind the tank and spay it with soap solution and found a leak at a weld. There are two mounting plates welded to the tank and there is a leak at one of the welds. So now, calls to Winnebago to see what they can to help me out.
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I have the same problem. Did Winnebago do anything? They told me my 2004 Journey was not part of the recall (Winnebago recall #90) since it was built in october 2003. The recall was for MH built 9/03 or earlier. The ID plate in the MH is stamped 9/03
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I would not accept that as an answer!!! They may have underestimated the number of vehicles affected or the actual dates the problems started occurring.

Worst case, contact NHTSA for advise!!
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