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Old 06-09-2020, 09:44 PM   #1
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Propane smell

My trailer is plugged into the house and it always smells great inside; however when I switch fridge over to propane and head to the campground I get a rotten egg smell when i enter trailer at the campground. I put a little dawn down the kitchen sink and the smell seems to go away. My queston is why dont i smell the odor at home. Is it maybe when the fridge switches over it creates a propane smell. Any advise would be most appreciative.
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If you use the fridge for hours at home and don't notice the smell ; then my best guess would be that during the trip the sink " P " trap is draining enough to allow grey tank odor through ( grey tank with food particles can smell as bad as the black tank) and putting the dawn into the trap re seals it.
Next trip , put a ziplock bag with water in it over the sink drain to see if the odor stays out of the interior.

Secondly , and perhaps more important , go to the lower fridge vent on the outside of your RV and remove the vent , and closely examine the area for any yellowish powder around the chimney where the propane flame is positioned .
If you see yellow powder SHUT THE FRIDGE OFF ! the cooling unit is leaking and will need to be replaced. Both Dometic and Norcold fridges can leak and when they do they're a fire hazard.

EDIT: Also check your propane leak detector for battery and look for the best before date , replace as required.
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We close all roof vents while moving.

We've found they cause a suction and draw in bad smells.
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