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fltioga89

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Posted: 02/26/12 05:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i had my 11 gal horizontal mount propane tank filled a few weeks back and hadnt used any gas from it yet , today i noticed a smell of gas so i found the plastic cap covering the fill port was leaking and bubbled when i sprayed it with soap bubbles. i started to remove the cap but it started to hiss so i tightened the cap. what kind of valve is this as i never really looked at it, i wonder what to do, this is a 22 year old camper, i guess i need to go to a propane shop and get it replaced or repaired . any ideas?

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Get the "C" to a propane place ASAP before anything happens.


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Last time I saw this a hornets nest pieces had been lodge in the port while filling. Had to push open the port with something non metallic to clear it....


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Your tank may have been overfilled. I would first try loosening the bleed valve, in a well ventilated area, with nobody smoking nearby. Still take it in to have it checked but this may keep you from trailing vapors all over town.


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Posted: 02/26/12 06:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Valve is a directional design.....one way only, into tank. Sounds like it is being blocked open by some debris.

HERE is description of valve and how they work.

Tank your rig back to place where it was filled and have them look at it. Unless it was just a fill station at gas station etc. THEN take it to a large propane supplier.

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Posted: 02/26/12 06:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Propane fires in a mounted tank is hard to extinguish once started because the heat keep pushing more gas out and then it burns.

Little risk of an explosion, but a very intense heat fire that require depriving it of oxygen to put out --- difficult with a water fire house.

That is why if you have a fire, you probably lost your RV.

Don't way ---- get it to a licensed service station now --- and in mean time, keep the rig far away from house or anything else that can catch fire.

I have seen an RV burn with my own eyes, and it is not a pretty sight before, during or after.

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Posted: 02/29/12 03:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fltioga89 wrote:

today i went to the propane repair shop and they were able to put on another fill fitting over the original one but before they did that they burned off some of the propane and tapped on the fill valve and one of those did the trick, it quit leaking out so they could put on the extra valve. anyway its no longer leaking so im good to go now, thanks for the advice.


Burned off......as in lit it on fire? or what you meant was they used/depleted/got rid of etc. some of the propane .

Glad to hear it isn't leaking anymore.......

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That is what I would do, Use something to push the valve open just a second and see if the gas will remove anything that might be stuck in the valve, If this will not stop the leak then go to a LP place and they will check it for you.


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they unhooked the regulator and connected a hose running to a big burner standing about 7 or 8 ft off the ground and 15 ft away and lit it off for a bout 10 min. the worker said they do that alot to get fuel out of old tanks.

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today i went to the propane repair shop and they were able to put on another fill fitting over the original one but before they did that they burned off some of the propane and tapped on the fill valve and one of those did the trick, it quit leaking out so they could put on the extra valve. anyway its no longer leaking so im good to go now, thanks for the advice.

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