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Old 07-23-2012, 11:28 AM   #21
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Well I went down to the trailer this weekend to pull the fridge out, replace the plywood holding it up and scrub everything down to get rid of smell. When I went around to the back vent I noticed the smell a lot. A buddy of mine came over and said that it smelled like propane. Turns out that the old owner disconnected the propane fridge and tried to cap the old line. Well he didn't do a great job at it so propane was leaking out causing the trailer to smell. I shut off the propane, opened some windows, and turned on a fan. Within an our it smelled 10 times better in the trailer. Now that I know the problem I need to put a shut off valve on the old line or just cap it at the source. Thanks for all your input though.
You're lucky you didn't blow the whole rear end or side out of the trailer and seriously injure or kill someone when the frig tried to start on propane. You need to say a big Thank you to the man upstairs.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:11 PM   #22
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And please get yourself a working gas detector!
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:16 PM   #23
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WOW!!! Glad no one got hurt! Also glad you found the source of the smell.
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:21 PM   #24
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whew ! good find !
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:34 PM   #25
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That is a seriously scary situation. Be glad you figured it out without incident, and be very thankful.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:39 PM   #26
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Wow, that's crazy.
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Yea we were really lucky.
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Shaking my head..so glad you did not get hurt, and you found the problem! Now go to the previous owner, and give him a good kick in the rear!
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:19 PM   #29
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Do you have a propane detector? It should have gone off if the propane was leaking inside the trailer. If not or if it doesn't work, please get one ASAP. After all it was used and if that is indicative of the work the previous owner did then you want to keep yourself and family safe.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:14 PM   #30
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I'm glad you found the propane leak and have it fixed, or will have soon. One question I had and have not read the answer to this: Was the replacement fridge/freezer a "household type" or an "evaporative type" as was in the unit to start with? IF the replacement unit is a household type then you would likely have a pan sitting directly on top of the compressor which catches the water draining off of the evaporator. This water should evaporate from the heat created by the compressor. BUT--sometimes this water will sit when the unit is not running, collects dust, bugs, etc., and will smell terrible when the compressor starts back up again and creates the heat necessary to evaporate the condensate in the pan. I have a problem with a fridge in my shop each summer when bugs/lizards get in there, die off, the water totally evaporates and the compressor literally bakes these bugs/lizards. Really bad smell
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