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Old 07-02-2018, 07:41 PM   #1
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Soot or black smoke is causing a black stain on the side of my motor home. Its coming from the propane for my water heater. Never happened before. Do I have a orifice problem or something else?
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:53 PM   #2
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Most likely need to clean the burner tube and orifice. Spiders like to build around propane for some reason.
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Old 07-02-2018, 08:03 PM   #3
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Yep sounds like the old spider or bugs nest in the burner tube.
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Old 07-02-2018, 08:03 PM   #4
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Most likely need to clean the burner tube and orifice. Spiders like to build around propane for some reason.


Thank you. Iíll try that.
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:57 AM   #5
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Hi. Iím having the same problem on our shake-out trip with a brand new trailer.

Suburban water heater.

In addition to correcting the originating problem, how did you get the side of your trailer clean from the spot? Iíve reduced the black soot accumulation to a brown scorch-looking level, but canít get it clean yet.
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:18 PM   #6
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What have you tried to clean it with?

As a last resort you could try magic eraser, but only as a last resort.
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:25 PM   #7
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Hate to say this, but if the soot has baked the paint or the clearcoat, it may be beyond cleaning.
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Old 09-20-2018, 03:40 PM   #8
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I have tried LA Awesome with a scrubby sponge & Wash Wax All. I found another post suggesting Clorox Clean Up so I tried Clorox Spray cleaner just a bit ago. It helped quite a bit on the clearcoat! Whew.

Iím not sure if the Clorox spray was Clean-Up or Bathroom Cleaner. I know it had bleach. I applied it with an old toothbrush and scrubbed well. I was excited to see quite a bit of blackish sudsing.

There is a storage cubby just above the WH, and now the worst stain is in the frame of the cubby.


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Iím fearful that D. W.ís previous comment might be right, that there might not be much help for it. But this trailer is Brand New (the soot appeared 10 days after we took delivery, first time the WH was turned on, so I want to try everything I can with the always amazing help of the amassed wisdom of FRF members!
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Old 09-20-2018, 04:04 PM   #9
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before you try using anything on the soot, try a chem sponge. almost all home improvement stores have them. specifically designed to remove soot and smoke.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Absorene...6-24/203450873
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As a last resort you could try magic eraser, but only as a last resort.


I know Magic Eraser will damage the clearcoat, but what effect should I expect on the storage bay door and door frame?

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