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Posted: 09/13/21 11:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Folks,

I have a propane leak that I'm trying to get my arms around. My local RV repair/dealership is overbooked with sales and repairs during covid, and they can't get to me in a timely manner.

The leak is occuring between the propane tank and the regulator. There is an aftermarket fitting (installed by a previous owner) there called an "oil drip leg." It's purpose is capture impurities in the propane before it reaches the regulator. These gizmos are not common on RVs.

I think I have narrowed the problem down to these scenarios:

1) It's full.
2) It was attached with pipe dope rather than yellow teflon tape
3) Both of these things at once

So here are my questions:

1) Can I just remove this %$#@! thing altogether? Most motorhomes seem to get along fine without it
2) If I remove this thing, can I clean it out and reattach it? Or does it have to be replaced?

Thanks in advance for your assistance!

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Posted: 09/13/21 11:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

remove it

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Posted: 09/13/21 11:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've only owned a dozen or so RV's. Never have I seen a VLP on one.

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Posted: 09/13/21 11:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It is not needed on an RV, I would just remove it.
They are used mainly in home installations where the appliance (furnace, water heater) has a lot more propane consumption than in an RV.

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Posted: 09/13/21 12:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would drain it and reinstall with new tape. They are not common in RV's but there are posts on here complaining about propane not getting to an appliance and a black sticky substance in the line.


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Posted: 09/13/21 12:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It may have been put on there because the prior owner had a problem with junk in the propane. Remove it, clean it, and reinstall it with the correct tape.

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Well, there you have it. 3 nays and 2 yeas. Don't you love internet advice?

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Posted: 09/13/21 01:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To settle the nays and yeas.
Remove it, if it is full of oil clean and replace, if no oil leave it off.

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Could it be that you have a diesel coach with a propane generator? If so, leave that oil drip leg in the system to keep oil out of you liquid fed propene regulator on the generator.

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Thank you all for your advice!

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