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Old 10-06-2014, 04:27 PM   #1
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LP gas leak down

I've had this issue with my 2014 264BH since it was new, and can't find a solution.

The problem is that when our trailer is not used for a week or so, the LP leaks out of the lines. I close the valves on the tanks (the tanks are not disconnected from the regulator/manifold) when we put the unit in storage and when we get it and start prepping for our next trip (we use it almost every other week) the fridge will not light on LP unless I purge the gas line by lighting the stove. The line/tank connections are tight. Thank goodness I always test it before we leave.

I finally gave up and brought the trailer to our Jayco dealer. They said they can't find a leak in the LP system either. About the only thing left to check are the actual appliances themselves: fridge, stove, oven, furnace, water heater.

Anyone have any ideas?

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Old 10-06-2014, 05:29 PM   #2
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I've got the same problem, and if I forget to close the valve at the bottle when not in use, it will wind up completely empty.
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Old 10-06-2014, 07:54 PM   #3
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Maybe one of the appliances has an internal gas leak - fridge, hot water heater, furnace, stove.
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:57 AM   #4
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No detectable leaks on my trailer either but it does the same thing when I shut off the bottles. Makes me wonder if there is a vent valve on one of the appliances that closes under line pressure and opens when the line pressure drops a bit. I just accept it and move on.
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Old 10-07-2014, 06:50 AM   #5
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Yes, the appliances are about the only thing left that could be causing the problem. I have no idea how to check them for a gas leak. It's scary to think that if the leak is inside the trailer, (I've never smelled any gas inside), that over a long period of time between trips or winter storage, there could be enough of a build up that there is a danger of fire or explosion when I light the stove to purge the line. I guess I'll just have to continue doing my sniff test before I light the burner for now.
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Yes, the appliances are about the only thing left that could be causing the problem. I have no idea how to check them for a gas leak. It's scary to think that if the leak is inside the trailer, (I've never smelled any gas inside), that over a long period of time between trips or winter storage, there could be enough of a build up that there is a danger of fire or explosion when I light the stove to purge the line. I guess I'll just have to continue doing my sniff test before I light the burner for now.
there would never be any harm lighting the stove. Propane dissipates very very very quickly. As soon as you opened the door to get in any propane would be gone in seconds.

I am quite sure it has more to do with the propane changing from a gaseous state back to a liquid state as it sits in the line.
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:22 AM   #7
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there would never be any harm lighting the stove. Propane dissipates very very very quickly. As soon as you opened the door to get in any propane would be gone in seconds.

I am quite sure it has more to do with the propane changing from a gaseous state back to a liquid state as it sits in the line.
I've always wondered what happens to that gas in the lines...

I like this explanation the best. I hate to think there's a leak somewhere because my lines behave exactly like OP's. I don't believe that if I left the tanks open they would empty though. I accidentally left them open for a week at storage, and I still had gas when I got back (in fact, I have owned my trailer for a little over a year, probably 8-10 trips, and I've still got gas in the primary cylinder they filled when I bought the unit), perhaps a week wouldn't be long enough to empty the tanks...?

So with that being said, what happens to the liquid in the lines? Do you figure it eventually gets pushed out and burns off?
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Our units have all done the same thing if unused for a month or so. Any gas in the lines will dissipate. Just shut the gas off in storage or when not in use and purge the air when you go to use it. Just normal operating procedures for me. Not so sure about the one with the gas being gone if he leaves the tanks open. That sounds like a definite leak somewhere that deserves more attention.
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So with that being said, what happens to the liquid in the lines? Do you figure it eventually gets pushed out and burns off?
There is no liquid in the lines, It takes approx 100 psi to change propane vapor to liquid and one cu/ft of liquid expands to approx 270 cu/ft of vapor.
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So with that being said, what happens to the liquid in the lines? Do you figure it eventually gets pushed out and burns off?
it would boil back into a vapor just like your tank has at the top.

I am just speculating but this is my theory.

Your propane tank is primarily liquid propane. As it boils it turns to vapor and that is what we burn in our appliances.

Your gas line from your tank is an extension of the top of your tank, all vapor.

As it sits closed off some of it can revert back to liquid with temp changes and pressure changes. Now your gas line instead of being all vapor is now just like your tank and is liquid and vapor.

Now with this theory perhaps the fridge does not have enough volume of vapor to ignite therefore it doesn't.
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