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Old 09-19-2008, 10:40 AM   #1
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Leaking Regulator?

I am getting a strong gas odor. I think it is coming from my regulator. It goes away when I close the tanks and then comes back. Get the regulator go bad and "leak"? It does take some abuse changing tanks.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:56 AM   #2
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Of course. Likely candidates are: fittings and hoses or an internal problem that is letting gas out of the vent. Check for leaks with soapy water. If it is coming out of the vent, then replace the regulator.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:49 PM   #3
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I agree with soapy water. If its bad, Replace it. They arent that expensive.

I always hear about can they be rebuilt? Why
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I took ours to a local rural Gas Company. I replaced Everything on both tanks, hoses, regulators, (which included the knob you turn to switch from one tank to the other and topped them off with gas all for around a hundred bucks! I would suggest you check with gas companies in the smaller towns in your area for the best deals.
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I am getting a strong gas odor. I think it is coming from my regulator. It goes away when I close the tanks and then comes back. Get the regulator go bad and "leak"? It does take some abuse changing tanks.
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first thing I would check

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I am getting a strong gas odor. .

Are the tanks full? Or at least not empty.

That will cause a leak, which will smell. The leak will come from the tank because there is not enough presure from the inside. Once full, it will go away.

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Old 09-20-2008, 08:43 PM   #6
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As for the regulators being rebuildable, some are, sort of, but are usually more trouble to rebuild than it is worth. It's much better just to replace, especially if you are going to use the trailer, rather then creating a museum exhibit.
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Could just as easily be the hoses..

I replaced the regulator after our original 1988 model wouldn't switch any more.. Took everything apart, including hoses, etc, but was dumb (unwise?) enough to re-use the hoses.. Smelled propane after repair, and tried soapy water trick all around regulator with no success.. Local shop found wear cracks in hoses from unbending and rebending during installation, after a lot of rubbing insude metal tank cover..

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Old 09-21-2008, 02:59 PM   #8
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Are the tanks full? Or at least not empty.

That will cause a leak, which will smell. The leak will come from the tank because there is not enough presure from the inside. Once full, it will go away.

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One 1/4 full and one empty. Went camping and did the soap thing. One small maybe leak. Filled the empty tank and no more smell. Comes from the tank where, the valve?
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One 1/4 full and one empty. Went camping and did the soap thing. One small maybe leak. Filled the empty tank and no more smell. Comes from the tank where, the valve?
The pressure of the "full" tank holds the valve open. When the pressure drops, it allows the valve to open to the other side, but also can allow a small amount of LP to leak past. Hence, the smell.
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Ok, I'll watch for the low tank smell.

I also get venting from the full tank from the five sides female fitting. I think this is from tha full tank in the sun and expansion. It this 5 sized fitting something that is normally tighten. The place that first filled the tank was marginal.
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