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Posted: 10/25/22 10:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Baja Man wrote:

midnightsadie wrote:

go check your battey, when they run out of water they smell BAD.


They are maintenance free.

Smell is inside trailer.


Maintenance free can smell to high heaven when they fail.


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Bobbo wrote:

Whenever we use the propane oven, my wife thinks we have a propane leak. What she is smelling is the odor of the burned propane. We have that discussion every time.


That could be what happened.


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MFL wrote:

Your factory installed propane alarm is designed to be very sensitive, if still functional. It should work better than your nose!

Often times an RV furnace, or oven will give off an odor, when new, or when not used for a lengthy time. This will go away with use. If only running for 5-10 minutes, it may smell again next time.

You can purchase a small propane gas detector, that will fit in hard to reach areas. They are not expensive, google will help you.

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Propane alarm is new last week. Ordered a small pencil type propane sniffer. I will run all appliances and heater a couple of more times and see if odor stops lingering around.

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pianotuna wrote:

Baja Man wrote:

midnightsadie wrote:

go check your battey, when they run out of water they smell BAD.


They are maintenance free.

Smell is inside trailer.


Maintenance free can smell to high heaven when they fail.


How are they checked? They are about one year old.

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schlep1967 wrote:

Did you leave the pilot light in the oven on? If it goes out it will still be releasing propane.


Pilot extinguishes when oven is turned off.

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agwill wrote:

When your tanks get low on propane you will also find there is an odor of gas.


Tanks are full.

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“Didn't realize propane was that flammable.”

On the “that” scale, propane is “that” flammable.


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Baja Man wrote:

pianotuna wrote:

Baja Man wrote:

midnightsadie wrote:

go check your battey, when they run out of water they smell BAD.


They are maintenance free.

Smell is inside trailer.


Maintenance free can smell to high heaven when they fail.


How are they checked? They are about one year old.


Look to see if they are bulging.

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I've had propane smell twice in my coach. Once it was the little supply tube that leads to the pilot for the oven. When you light the pilot it would leak just a fuzz amount where the compression nut tightens to the pilot. Why the pilot didn't burn it off is a bit of a mystery to me. The other was where the copper line tied into the furnace. It had a little fuzz leak and when you'd turn on the furnace and blast thru the duct system it would suck that fuzz leak smell throughout the coach. S'pose the bottom line is check all your connections that come into the coach. Stove/Oven. Referigerator. Furnace. Water heater, but if that is leaking it should vent to the outside, but I'd chech it all anyway.


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Vintage465 wrote:

I've had propane smell twice in my coach. Once it was the little supply tube that leads to the pilot for the oven. When you light the pilot it would leak just a fuzz amount where the compression nut tightens to the pilot. Why the pilot didn't burn it off is a bit of a mystery to me. The other was where the copper line tied into the furnace. It had a little fuzz leak and when you'd turn on the furnace and blast thru the duct system it would suck that fuzz leak smell throughout the coach. S'pose the bottom line is check all your connections that come into the coach. Stove/Oven. Referigerator. Furnace. Water heater, but if that is leaking it should vent to the outside, but I'd chech it all anyway.


I turned on propane yesterday morning and left ALL appliances off.
The propane alarm does not appear to have sounded/triggered.

After checking today, it looks like my oven is leaking. The smell appeared to be coming from around that area so that's where I started. I used a gas sniffer.

It appears to be leaking near line that enters oven. I'll see if I can find some product info/manual to see an exploded view and give me an idea of what I'm looking at. I'll start by removing the interior grate and lower shelf (screwed into sides). This will provide me access to burner and the pilot area.

* This post was edited 10/27/22 07:15pm by Baja Man *

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