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Maggie45

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Hi
Just had my regulator changed in my 1998Triple E Motor home, it’s in excellent condition and never had any issues.
But still getting a propane smell from around the area even though I cleaned it from top to bottom twice.
I left the it open all night and the gauge didn’t move but the smell is still there.
The dealer did a pressure test and couldn’t find any leaks, but the odor is constant. I’m at a loss as to what the problem is and I’m sure no one will fill me up as long as the smells there. Any advice on what else it might be?
 

Jayflight

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For a quick check take some windex or any spray bottle with water in it and spray all the fittings and joints on your hoses and connections and see if you get any bubbles.
 

Lou Schneider

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Propane has no odor, what you smell is the mercaptin oil added to it so you can smell a leak. Mercaptin oil can accumulate in low spots in the propane plumbing and if a quantity spilled out of the pipe when the regulator was changed it will continue to stink for a while. Your best bet is to use a soapy water mixture to see if there are any ongoing leaks.
 

Maggie45

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Found it, I called the dealer that put in the regulator and he said he didn’t check the valve the propane goes in, and so soaped it and there was a pin hole leak, so taking it back in on Monday. 👍
 

Matt_C

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I sure am glad that your persisted in looking for that leak so we don't get to read about the consequences of an awful RV fire.
Thank you for clearing this, and please come back and close it out so we all know.
Matt
 

Maggie45

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Thank you 😊 I will definitely let you know how I make out.
Hope it doesn’t take too long, booked for July 5 for 2 weeks.
 

Maggie45

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The dealer missed that leak before so he should be able to squeeze you in.
I know, but I didn’t get my motor home from him, it’s an old one.
He’s doing me a favor just looking at it right now as he’s so busy with his own customers, that’s probably why it wasn’t checked. He’s a friend of a neighbour and is squeezing me in.
 
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