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Old 04-06-2014, 12:03 PM   #1
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Propane leak while stored for winter

I noticed a strong Propane smell last week. I removed the cover and checked the tanks. Both were empty. I didn't turn the tanks off last fall. Is it normal to loose 1/2 a tank of propane over the winter? We were almost out of propane as our last trip was in the Smokys in November and rather cold. I have refilled the tanks, recharged the system, and closed the tanks. The green/red indicator on the regulator remained green for almost a full day. Propane leak detector has not made a noise. Green indicator light says it working.

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Old 04-06-2014, 12:16 PM   #2
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It is possible I guess for the rubber seals to get cold enough to shrink and let gas leak out.

I guess your tanks are outside so the detector would not indicate a problem as it only goes off if there is a leak "inside" the trailer.

A note to yourself: Post trip check, close gas valves!


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Old 04-06-2014, 12:46 PM   #3
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Get some soapy water and check every connection and the valve. I think you will find the leak.
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Old 04-06-2014, 03:59 PM   #4
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Sprayed bubble stuff liberally all over external hoses and fittings. Slight bubbling on one of the hoses so I replaced all of them. New propane and hopefully things are back to normal. I couldn't figure why the detector didn't allert but I guess the only leak was on the outside. May have been leaking for a long time as it was such a small leak. I am usually careful about leaving the propane on after a trip but forgot this time. Something else to add to the close down list for the wife to remind me.
Thanks for the speedy relpys.
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:19 PM   #5
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I had a leak one time where the valve screwed into the tank.
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I have 4 tanks between the grills and the camper and have been leak free up til now.
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Sprayed bubble stuff liberally all over external hoses and fittings. Slight bubbling on one of the hoses so I replaced all of them. New propane and hopefully things are back to normal. I couldn't figure why the detector didn't allert but I guess the only leak was on the outside. May have been leaking for a long time as it was such a small leak. I am usually careful about leaving the propane on after a trip but forgot this time. Something else to add to the close down list for the wife to remind me.
Thanks for the speedy relpys.
Glad you got it worked out with minimal fuss and bother.

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