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How do I find a propane leak?
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February 13, 2018 – 7:59 am
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How do I check my camper for a propane leak?  I get enough propane to my appliances, but whenever the tank is open I can smell propane around my camper even if none of the appliances are using it.  I’ve smelled it stronget in the front than in the back. 

Is there something I can pump through the lines like testing a car exhaust?

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February 13, 2018 – 11:52 am
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Soapy water in a spray bottle.  Open the propane tank and spray around each fitting looking for air bubbles.

Don’t like a match.

JoeCamper, EwwwBugs, 4 kids, 2dogs and whatever else fits in my truck.
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March 18, 2018 – 7:45 pm
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I had critters eat the hoses from the tanks last year

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March 18, 2018 – 9:49 pm
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My Dad had some mean squirrels in NJ.  They would love to eat the propane line on the grill.  He would buy some tin tape and a springy thing to wrap the hose with to prevent them from eating the line.  

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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March 19, 2018 – 12:00 pm
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So I should trace the whole line and put soapy water on all the fittings?

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March 19, 2018 – 9:20 pm
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Inspect the lines themselves. The propane lines on our current TT lasted just under 3 years before we noticed them starting to crack. We changed them before they began to leak. Since we live at high altitude, where UV can age many materials, and camp where there are rodents with sharp teeth, we replaced them with stainless steel jacketed ones.

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March 20, 2018 – 6:45 pm
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There is a Three’s Company episode where Jack and Don Knott’s character are locked in a freezer.  Don has matches and Jack says “What do you have those for?”  He responds “I’m a plumber, I use them to find gas leaks”

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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March 20, 2018 – 8:03 pm
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Having repaired a bunch of RV’s at  our seasonal site, one of the things I replaced the most when smelling gas was the rubber line that comes out of the bottom of the regulator that goes to the first connection on the trailer. They are usually only $25 or so, so even it doesn’t resolve it, they do decay and now you know what it can’t be.

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