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Old 04-04-2020, 03:19 PM   #1
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I have a 2015 FR Cherokee 274rk. There is a propane smell at the bottles. I replaced all the tape in the connections. Tightened the bleeder valves, they felt loose. After putting it all back together it still smells. Any ideas?
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I have a 2015 FR Cherokee 274rk. There is a propane smell at the bottles. I replaced all the tape in the connections. Tightened the bleeder valves, they felt loose. After putting it all back together it still smells. Any ideas?
Spray water and few drops of Dawn solution on the propane fittings. Bubbles will show the leak.
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Old 04-04-2020, 03:25 PM   #3
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Spray on the hose crimps also
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Is one of the tanks close to empty?
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Old 04-04-2020, 03:54 PM   #5
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I have used this with Natural gas and it works great. I had my doubts being so inexpensive but it found the leak I couldn't locate with a soap solution.


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Old 04-04-2020, 04:28 PM   #6
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I had a regulator start leaking causing a propane smell that was hard to find. Very small leak, but would drain a 20lb tank in a day and a half.
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I have used this with Natural gas and it works great. I had my doubts being so inexpensive but it found the leak I couldn't locate with a soap solution.


https://www.homedepot.com/p/HOME-FLE...-001/301876827
I have one of those in my TT tool kit, just in case.
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Is one of the tanks close to empty?
yep..when a tank is close to empty and you open the connection, you will get a LOT of the odorizer they put in there come out and it will linger for a LONG time. Anyone that uses propane for their main residence probably has had this occur when the tank gets really low.
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Is one of the tanks close to empty?
Nope just filled yesterday
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yep..when a tank is close to empty and you open the connection, you will get a LOT of the odorizer they put in there come out and it will linger for a LONG time. Anyone that uses propane for their main residence probably has had this occur when the tank gets really low.
How can I tell if the regulator is leaking? Tanks Have been off about an hour. No smell
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Tanks are off and no smell then hose, fittings or regulator is leaking when the tanks are on.
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Tanks are off and no smell then hose, fittings or regulator is leaking when the tanks are on.
Try the soapy water as suggested, then you might have to replace the tape. The directions on our propane tape had specific instructions on how to put it on. If that's not it and you don't find any leak in the pipe, you might have to replace the regulator.
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Old 04-04-2020, 05:37 PM   #13
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I have swapped the pigtails a few times now. Once when trailer was days old. $6 for a pigtail or $40 in gas to tow to dealer and replace for free .

Mine would leak at the crimp to the plastic nut because of the sharp bend. I bought longer hoses so it would be less tight.

Also if the connections are inverted flare make sure you get the right pigtail if replacing it.
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Regulator is leaking. Turn off the propane and find the model number so you can order a new one.
RV stores around you should stock them.
Cheap and easy to replace. Fairly universal.
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Check your hoses for leaks. I had the same problem last season. We noticed a propane smell for a few days and I used the dish soap water mix on the fittings and regulator but found nothing. When the left tank went empty in the middle of a chilly night both our tanks were empty. I had them both filled and when I connected them I turned the selector to the right tank as the main. About an hour after I connecting them there was a dime sized bubble in the outer lining of the hose going between right tank and the regulator.

Remember, the tank on the hose with the bubble was originally the secondary tank and the gas leaked out so when the first tank ran empty we were out of gas. My guess was the hose didn't show signs of leaking until full tank pressure was applied to it.


The hoses between the tanks and the regulator are at a higher pressure (100-200 psi) than the 11 inches water column after the regulator. A residential application will require a low pressure regulator which reduces the gas pressure to 6 ounces (10.5 inches water column). High pressure regulators regulate the output pressure from 1 psi to as high as 60 psi.

https://gashosesandregulators.com/pr...latorfacts.php
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Smile Thanks everyone

I did the dawn water spray thing. Both sides on the pigtail regulator to tanks were leaking at the crimp and brass conectors. When I was looking at the bubbles I moved the hose slightly, all I can say is I’m glad I quit smoking a long time ago.

Thanks for the fast reply’s.
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I replaced mine with stainless steel braided ones. Although the crimp is still on the rubber itself, the bend going into the crimp seems less sharp and under less stress than the plain rubber ones.
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I replaced mine with stainless steel braided ones. Although the crimp is still on the rubber itself, the bend going into the crimp seems less sharp and under less stress than the plain rubber ones.
Me 2. Thx
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Thanks for coming back with what you found for the problem and your solution.
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I replaced mine with stainless steel braided ones. Although the crimp is still on the rubber itself, the bend going into the crimp seems less sharp and under less stress than the plain rubber ones.
I purchased 15” pigtails to relieve the stress in the bend They hang down a bit but I have a bottle cover anyway. OEM were 8” with a severe 3/4 rounded bend in them.
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