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Old 10-04-2016, 05:41 PM   #1
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Propane Smell

Purchased a new Forester in August. Waited several weeks to receive it. It had a slight propane smell when I turned on the propane. After having it five days woke to a house smelling of propane. RV is above house about 40 feet. It filled both the upper main floors and went through vents for basement. Took it to the dealer. They had it for three weeks; put a new regulator in it. It was home less than a day when the propane smell was back. Took it back to dealer two days later, and they tested it while we were there. Said it was do to a full tank expanding! They could not find anything wrong.
We left for a five night trip a day later, and we had the smell of propane off and or everyday. Sent an email notifying the dealer who responded saying the called the tank manufacturer and were told that is normal. I sent the manufacturer several email explaining the issue. They said to take it back to the dealer. I notified the dealer of what the manufacturer said - no response. This is our 5th RV over the last 30 years and NEVER had an issue like this before.

Do not want to harm ourselves, property or anybody else camping near us. Any suggestions or thoughts will be appreciated.

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Old 10-04-2016, 06:03 PM   #2
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I have heard similar issues and they all come back to the way the person filled the propane tank. If they don't know how to properly fill they can over fill which leave less space for gas expansion and when pressure builds it pops off at regulator.
What does the gauge read on your tank?
Shouldn't be full but showing about 3/4% full on the gauge.
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Old 10-04-2016, 06:51 PM   #3
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tank should not be filled past 80% , igy has it right . look at your gauge . if too full bleed down to 75%. if your not sure of yourself take rv to a lp gas place near you . always be safe
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Old 10-04-2016, 07:52 PM   #4
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No matter what anyone says the propane system is a sealed and should be gas tight . You should never smell the propane unless there is something wrong . Unless the fill station is at a propane company they are not the ones to fix any problems . The propane company is the correct place .
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Old 10-05-2016, 12:20 AM   #5
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Sure sounds like a leak. Has anyone actually done a pressure test on the system, preferably overnight? I can't imagine even an over full tank continuing to pop off day after day. I'd take it to a propane company and when they find the leak, send the dealer the bill
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Old 10-05-2016, 03:13 AM   #6
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Sure sounds like a leak. Has anyone actually done a pressure test on the system, preferably overnight? I can't imagine even an over full tank continuing to pop off day after day. I'd take it to a propane company and when they find the leak, send the dealer the bill
This a good idea, also your regulator has a vent that could be opening from when the temp warms during the day it expands. Dump your tanks at a propane dealer have them check the valves and refill to 80% capacity only. at the same time pressure test your lines. A stealer can not do this, I would pay to have it done for your safety and family...
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Old 10-05-2016, 05:50 AM   #7
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turn off the valve at your propane tank. If the smell goes away, there is a leak beyond the valve. It the smell remains, the leak is from the tank, possibly overfilled as suggested above.
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Old 10-08-2016, 09:59 PM   #8
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Soap bubble test your regulator. Bet it's leaking. In my case, dealer replaced one, I replaced one and bought a spare. Been 2 years now, all good. Still got the spare.


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