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As someone new to RV's this has been an extremely interesting string. I have enjoyed all of the insight members have given. I am going to get one of my propane tanks filled for the first time and I will be sure to buy a can of leak detection.

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Thomascampers wrote:

As someone new to RV's this has been an extremely interesting string. I have enjoyed all of the insight members have given. I am going to get one of my propane tanks filled for the first time and I will be sure to buy a can of leak detection.

Thanks again!


Just mix 50/50 liquid dishwashing soap and water in a small jar. Use a cheap 1/2" brush to apply the solution to the connections you wish to test, if its leaking you'll see the bubbles. Nix on the Windex it will corrode copper or brass.

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Hey guys, im having some issues with my propane lines now. I recently hooked up a catalytic heater, now my problem is after i made the connections i smell propane inside the rig.

the real funny part is i left the propane tank closed (turned off) all last night and it still smells like propane in there. So it seems its leaking even with the main valve closed???

i put the yellow gas tape on all the lines, but im thinking i didnt put enough tape on the connections?

have any of you guys ran into something like this?



You don't say where you use the catalytic heater, I hope its not inside your RV!!!

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You don't say where you use the catalytic heater, I hope its not inside your RV!!!


It probably wouldn't do much good outside the RV!


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You don't say where you use the catalytic heater, I hope its not inside your RV!!!


well, yes. I thought thats how heaters were sposed to be used. but ive been wrong on alot of things and could be wrong on this on too?
do you care to explain your question a little more?

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leghorn204 wrote:



You don't say where you use the catalytic heater, I hope its not inside your RV!!!


well, yes. I thought thats how heaters were sposed to be used. but ive been wrong on alot of things and could be wrong on this on too?
do you care to explain your question a little more?


Propane like natural gas produces carbon monoxide when burned. If your unit is made to vent the gases outside (permanent installation) you are OK. If it sits in the rv without a flue to vent the gas you can go from being quite sick to death.

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wmd239 wrote:

ok im very confused at this point, please excuse the ignorance. but where exactly are you putting this outside? i have a Olympian wave heater and says to crack two windows to keep proper ventilation. it does not say anything about putting it outside?


The outside comment was a little sarchasim.





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Not again!

Clearly javaseuf is annoyed that this subject should again appear in "Beginning RVing". Clearly javaseuf is a seasoned camper and has done it all, however there is a sizeable group of newbies looking for tips, that's why they are perusing "Beginning RVing" forum.

Catalytic heaters, if in good repair, used in well ventilated areas and used per mfg's instructions are said to be safe. In simple general terms products (as mentioned) Blue Flame and several others are lumped in with catalytic heaters. Unfortunately far too many consumers don't read manuals and directions. All these devices come with warnings and some States ban them from being used indoors, Mas. for one. Very simply, caution is required where and how these heaters are used!

We use a directional catalytic, outdoors, to warm our backs when sitting around a fire on cool nights.

As to the original subject the PO wrote about, leaking propane hose, that would fall under the subject,"in good repair". If the PO would good enough to reply, What do you use as a source of the propane?

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Not again!

Catalytic heaters are fine to use inside if they are designed to be used inside with a Oxygen Depletion Sensor and then operated with the proper ventilation according to the manufacturers specs AND with a properly operating Co detector.

BTW, I said CATALYTIC heaters. These have been proven to give off very little carbon monoxide at dangerous levels. The issue is not Co but the depletion of interior oxygen.

Also know that the Blue flame, ceramic brick-type and Mr. Heater Buddy heaters are NOT catalytic heaters and do produce a higher level of Co than the catalytic heaters such as the Olympian/Camco Wave heaters (which I have used for many years).

But I have to agree with the response above that if you that the safest way to use a heater is to place it outside!

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ok im very confused at this point, please excuse the ignorance. but where exactly are you putting this outside? i have a Olympian wave heater and says to crack two windows to keep proper ventilation. it does not say anything about putting it outside?

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