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Old 04-25-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
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A potential health risk?

We just got back from a LONG trip and we were unloading our trailer after a day on the road. I noticed an odd and unpleasant smell in the trailer that I had never smelled before. I opened 2 roof vents and decided to check in the morning. Yep, the smell was still there and I thought it smelled vaguely like gas. In checking, I found that DW had left the pilot light on in the oven. I shut it off and came back several hours later. Smell is a lot less. Turned on the roof vent fan and vented the trailer. Smell totally gone.

I was shocked at the level of odor from that pilot light. Then I became concerned that this is a possible health risk? Well, none of the alarms went off; LP, CO2, etch. But it made me wonder nevertheless.

Anyone else ever notice this? And is this a risk?
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:58 PM   #2
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doesn't sound like your detectors are working ?
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:33 PM   #3
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The propane detector should have gone off.
When was the last time you checked it?
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:35 PM   #4
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The propane detector should have gone off.
When was the last time you checked it?
Most people probably don't check them !
better yet do they know how ?
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:01 PM   #5
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Here is my manual.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:03 PM   #6
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The answer to your first question:

Why it did not detect the open pilot is on the first page.

The answer to your second question about testing it is on the second page.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:04 PM   #7
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More importantly, you better have the oven checked!

If it has a pilot light, it should have a thermocouple and a gas control valve - no pilot light (i.e., heat) the thermocouple quits generating the electrical power that keeps the pilot gas valve open.

If the pilot gas was on and unlit, you got very lucky - any spark could have blown the trailer (and you) up.

As far as the smell, since LP gas (as well as natural gas) has no natural odor, a chemical substance called Methyl Mercaptan (Methanethiol) is added. Mercaptans smells like rotten cabbage. Due to the extremely low odor threshold of thiols in general (an odor threshold as low as 0.002 ppm), they are added to otherwise odorless gases such as LPG and NG, enabling people to detect leaks by smell. In the concentration used in LPG and NG, they are harmless.
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RJH is exactly correct. A 2008 unit should either have no pilot (electic spark ignition) or if it DOES have a pilot, the pilot should have a thermocouple.

Since I travel with the as on to supply the fridge, I added "Check stove burners" to the list of things that I check before starting down the road. Since the stove is right below the left-side slide lock, I do it then.
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since the camper is about 5 years old, it probably wouldn't hurt to replace the propane detector.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:56 PM   #10
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Thank you all for the input. I'll check the detector. The pilot was on and it was burning so I think that the stove is OK. The green light was on on the detector but I guess that doesn't mean it is working. Yes, it is 5 years old so . . . . Again, thanks for the info.
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