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Old 11-22-2015, 05:48 AM   #1
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Propane Alarm Saved Us Tonight

Pulled in about 5:00 PM setup FR3. Just after supper, propane alarm went off. My first thought was it's a false smoke detector until I honed in on the sound.

We scuttled out and could hear hissing from the propane tank!!!

I turned it off at the valve and that seemed to do the trick. Now here we are in VA first night with no heat or hot water, my wife was concerned about gas so we got a hotel last night.

I found a mobile guy who said he'd come Sunday morning to fix it if its the regulator, which he has on his truck. Otherwise we may be out of luck.

I'm hoping not to interrupt the week we had planned for Colonial Williamsburg.

Kind of scary. Glad the audible went off. I'm buying a second sensor today at Walmart that I can locate under the coach when we setup camp.


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Old 11-22-2015, 06:33 AM   #2
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Ours started going off - giving false warnings, so we had to replace it. In the interim I bought a second battery-operated one and when we got the wired replacement, I placed the battery operated unit in the storage area below near the propane tanks.

They are supposed to have a five-year lifespan (approximately) so Forest River did replace it even though our coach was a year out of warranty.

Can't be too careful with propane gas, that's for sure.


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Old 11-22-2015, 06:10 PM   #3
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A mobile repair came and replaced regulator at 9:30 AM today!!! The regulator was just stuck venting gas.

$360, but he leak checked the whole system and got us back onto the trip schedule.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:36 PM   #4
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GOOD to hear that!
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for posting & glad you were able to get it fixed. That's nothing to miss with hopefully other will read this and remember . I will thanks again.
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Old 11-22-2015, 11:14 PM   #6
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That happened to me on my driveway too. I heard loud hissing when I came home from work. Turned out to be leaking regulator (broken diaphragm). Replaced it next day.. $30 dollars..
$360 sounds bit excessive for replacing regulator but glad you took care of the problem quick.
Ive seen other FR3 member posting same leaking regulator on their brand new FR3.
FR really should pay attention to this problems...Very dangerous.
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Old 11-23-2015, 01:51 AM   #7
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Glad that you took the alarm seriously and that everyone is safe. Sounds like the week at Colonial Williamsburg is still on.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:15 PM   #8
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My alarm is going off (beeping) in my new trailer, it is sitting in a lot, no shore power, battery out, and propane tanks disconnected. So anyone know why it would be beeping?
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:24 PM   #9
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I had a Winnebago class C new. In first 2 years it went through 4 regulators. After warranty Winnebago would not cover ongoing issue. I felt like they could not get off the thought that it was just a series of faulty regulators. I felt something was seriously wrong with the tank to regulator system. It appeared that there was liquid propane getting to the regulator and blowing out the diaphragm or a safety plug. That is what I thought but even shutting off the propane whenever driving did not keep the fourth from blowing out after just 4 days of service. These occurred once on the freeway, once on the dealer lot and twice in campgrounds. It always sounded like a jet engine and emptied a 1/3 full tank silently overnight on the fourth one.

Finally got a lawyer and returned RV to dealer. I could not sell it with what I felt was such a dangerous issue.

Be careful. The third one was in a park with a neighbor on the propane side of coach that had been smoking a couple of hours before it blew. Hate to think what could have happened if it went out while he was smoking. Turning off the system at the tank always stopped the flow.
I never thought of putting a propane alarm in the propane compartment. I think that is an excellent thought. Good luck
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:57 PM   #10
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So this brings me to a question. Is it best to leave the tank on or shut it off after each trip? I've heard both, but I'm curious if anyone has experienced any negatives from either way.


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