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Old 05-01-2012, 06:31 PM   #21
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Had windows closed. Had to open them to get smell out. Getting strong smell at the back side of w/h. And yes very dangerous. Is there a vent somewhere that could be plugged?
100% of the water heater's combustibles, from the propane jet to the exhaust are located outside. If it is getting inside check the caulk seal between the frame of the water heater and the wall.

I don't have a good picture of the seal between the camper walls and heater frame; but there should be one. If nothing else to keep the water from the safety valve out of the camper.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:40 PM   #22
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Ok thanks I'll check that in the morning.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:48 PM   #23
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Ok not one to rest till something broken is fixed, farm boy in me I guess. Which picture represents where caulk seal should be?
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Can you get a picture of the whole water heater from the outside? Exhaust deflector could be bent, missing etc.
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In the last picture, that complete compartment should be sealed around each component to the back formed plate. Everything should have a grommet or be spotwelded to the rear formed plate. The entire frame should be sealed against the side of the trailer, no gaps, holes etc. If all this is sealed, I have no idea where the exhaust smell is coming from. Is this the first time you've fired up the heater in several months? If you are going to use it, make sure you keep some windows open. Maybe some a little ways away from the wh and definitely on the opposite wall.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:23 PM   #27
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Jeff,

My camper has a bead of RTV around the juncture between the outer sheet metal frame and the inner sheet metal frame. There is no way for fumes to get from outside to inside, except for a window close by.

I need to get a photo tomorrow and post it.
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Ok I got ya. The right and left side of the door frame housing are bowed leaving a gap. So when it exhausts it flows in the gap and back into the trailer. So I'll take that off try to straighten as much as I can and caulk with high temp caulk. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!!!!
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Ya Herk that is where the gaps are,between the two metal frames. I can almost fit my pinky finger in the gaps on each side.
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Ya Herk that is where the gaps are,between the two metal frames. I can almost fit my pinky finger in the gaps on each side.
Wow. I wonder how long that has been going on!
Any headaches (besides the normal ones) while camping?

Don't forget to caulk the floor too. Gravity will pull water into the Styrofoam wall under the heater when you drain it.
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