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Old 12-22-2008, 08:12 PM   #1
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Smell of propane in '81 MH

Ever since I had the tank filled over the summer, I smell that gas smell inside the motorhome. I'm wondering if there's a leak either in the fridge or the stove, or maybe elsewhere. Has anyone had this problem and how was it fixed? Thanks.
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:03 PM   #2
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don't delay

Just take the MH to your Propane dealer. Their service person can find the problem ASAP. Here in Texas "Hank" would probably do it for free.

What you have is a dangerous situation....please fix it and have fun.
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:46 PM   #3
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Ever since I had the tank filled over the summer, I smell that gas smell inside the motorhome. I'm wondering if there's a leak either in the fridge or the stove, or maybe elsewhere. Has anyone had this problem and how was it fixed? Thanks.
First, turn it off at the tank. ASAP. Read the thread about the explosion.

Second, turn off every appliance. There should be a shutoff valve on your oven, stovetop, water heater, furnace, and refrigerator - physically close them all. Open all of the windows and doors and let the unit thoroughly air out.

Next turn on the gas at the tank(s), and check your regulator with a jet of soapy water - that's where I had a problem. If you don't smell gas after opening the tank and checking the regulator, odds are that the regulator and lines are good. Next turn on one appliance at a time, lighting only manual pilot lights. The second you smell propane you've found the appliance in need of repair.

I personally don't work on propane stuff, but hire a pro. That's just me, but that "waking up dead" thing doesn't appeal to me. I can make a mistake upholstering my cushions, and fix it with money.

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Old 12-23-2008, 07:34 AM   #4
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Check the oven control knob on the range. Off is not really completely off.

We sometimes leave the knob in the pilot setting, and it creates the familiar smell.

Propane can be dangerous, but with common sense its not cyanide where one wiff will kill you.



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Update on propane smell by stove.

I filled up the propane tank and opened the shutoff valve. Then I went to the oven control knob and saw that it was "OFF", but there is also a pilot off selection, which one has to push in to select. That fixed it! Apparently the pilot was on with no flame.
But now my furnace doesn't light up, just blows cold air. Oh well, at least I won't suffocate!
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Great news on the pilot light find. One of my furnaces has been changed by the PO. The one that is original takkes a while to start producing heat. The blower motor runs a bit to make a connection via the sail switch. With the air blowing over the combustion chamber, it takes longer to produce heat. I'm talking up to a whole minute. Another thing to check. Did you turn the shut off valve back on after looking for the leak?

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Old 11-14-2009, 12:27 PM   #7
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Yes, the valve is now on and no smell. I recall someone telling me that the furnace has to cycle on and off before it lights up. I'll try that. Thanks.
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When changing bottles air can get in the line and it may take a little bit to push through.
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