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Old 01-29-2019, 08:18 AM   #1
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We bought a used 2007 Crossroads Cruiser in 2012. Ever since we bought it we notice a smell of propane whenever the propane tanks get low. We smell it inside the RV and we smell it outside around the hot water tank grate. Is this normal?
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:09 AM   #2
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No it is not normal. I had a gas leak and it was difficult to find but the gas gauge on the tanks kept going down. I ended up installing shutoff valves under the rig to isolate each appliance (furnace, HW heater, stove, etc.). Once I did that, I found the leak was coming from the Hot water heater. I checked and then checked some more and finally found the leak at the pressure valve where the gas line connects to the HW heater. Replaced that valve and everything is now OK. Home depot sells a hand held gas detector for about $15.00 that may help you find your leak. Good luck, and keep us posted.
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Mix a little soap with some water- more soap than water so it sticks to the fitting- and brush it on every connection you can find one at a time. Inside the camper and under it. Then look for bubbles. They do not usually loosen but it can happen. If you find a leak use 2 wrenches one on each side of the fitting and tighten it. Then re check it with the soap.
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Agree with the above. Could also be a bad regulator.
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Propane smell

When you are looking at the lines remember that if the line is rubbing on ANYTHING that it will eventually get a leak there. I've seen leaks on gasoline lines that look like a pencil line but when you turn the vehicle on and the pump engages... ...watch out.

All that to say that if something looks funny on the line check it with soapy water. if you have bubbles you've probably found it.
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We bought a used 2007 Crossroads Cruiser in 2012. Ever since we bought it we notice a smell of propane whenever the propane tanks get low. We smell it inside the RV and we smell it outside around the hot water tank grate. Is this normal?
If you only smell the odor when tanks are almost
out my experience with propane is that over time
the rotten egg type smell that they add to the
propane does not burn as fast as the gas and it
settles to the bottom of tank and therefore you get
a strong smell when tank is almost empty, when
refilled it will go away if this is the case, anyway
always check for leaks to be sure.
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Thank you so much, all!
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Please let us know what you found and how you fixed it. It may help someone else.
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FYI
“LPG gas is basically propane and butane, and it is odorless in its natural state. The smell that you notice when there is a leak is actually of an entirely different agent, called Ethyl Mercaptan. This substance is added to the gas when it leaves the main “
If you smell the gas / agent - it’s more likely you have a leak. Leak check / soap all the joints and connections. The earlier reference to the regulator would mean - check the ovepressure relief vent opening on the gas tank regulator for escaping gas.
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I agree with above, start at the tanks and work your way back across all the lines to every fitting, lines, appliances, You could even ask a plumber that has a sniffer to follow the lines back to narrow it down to find the culprit. a small leak, crack, or cutoff valve maybe leaking or not completely shutting off, but somewhere you have a very slow tiny leak. Sometimes after you apply a soap solution, go back and recheck back after 5 minutes as that leak might look like a small white foam build up rather than a bubble. Dedication and persistence will uncover it's hiding spot.. pay close attention to water heater, stove, oven and the fridge, that's where a sniffer might lead you to the culprit area quicker, imo.
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