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Old 11-11-2020, 12:59 AM   #1
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Propane leak

Hello everyone, I have a 2020 Jayco Northpoint 310RLTS and I have a strong smell of propane in the storage compartment every time I open the gas to run my appliances. The oder is now Kaliningrad out of the compartment and we. An smell it standing outside. We noticed it when we got the trailer this March 2020 and it seems to be getting worse. Any suggestions?
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Yes, my first suggestion is NOT to use ANY propane appliance AT ALL until you find the leak. If it's under warranty I would take it to the dealer ASAP. If that's not possible, get a bottle of leak detector, or mix a soapy solution and spray or brush it on every connection. The leak will show up with some foam or bubbles depending on how bad it is. Another device would be an electronic "sniffer" to pinpoint the source.

The obvious is make sure the connections are tight, and no cracks, abrasions, or holes in the hoses.

With the leak detector, start with the hose-to bottle connection, then to the regulator, and any other connection near the compartment.

Whatever you do, BE SAFE! Don't take any chances.
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Yes, my first suggestion is NOT to use ANY propane appliance AT ALL until you find the leak. If it's under warranty I would take it to the dealer ASAP. If that's not possible, get a bottle of leak detector, or mix a soapy solution and spray or brush it on every connection. The leak will show up with some foam or bubbles depending on how bad it is. Another device would be an electronic "sniffer" to pinpoint the source.

The obvious is make sure the connections are tight, and no cracks, abrasions, or holes in the hoses.

With the leak detector, start with the hose-to bottle connection, then to the regulator, and any other connection near the compartment.

Whatever you do, BE SAFE! Don't take any chances.
X2, but electrical sparks can be just as bad. The good thing, the added odorant makes it smell, bad long before it is truly unsafe! But with that said it needs to be fixed ASAP. Turn off the gas, open up the entire camper, and get it aired out. Gas can accumulate in areas like low points, in and behind walls/compartments. So be careful, open panels, and get some air movement. Just opening the panel may not suffice.

If you are not comfortable checking the leak, bring it in to get it fixed. Checking for leaks is not hard. My favorite leak detector solution is kid's bubbles. Very cheap and makes great bubbles/foam, at the leak.

If it was me, once aired out, turn on the propane, and I would check the system myself. I would start at the tank, check the tank valves, then work my way back. While working my way back, check the line for damage (assuming it is a hose, and not a pipe).

The regulator has a vent, I do not like getting soap in the vent, so you need to be a little creative to check that location. A little solution on the hand and try to make a continuous ring around the vent hole without getting it in the vent. This is where a sniffer is really nice to have.

Most common leaks reported on the forum is between the tanks and the short pig tails that connect to the main distribution line.

Good luck, be safe, let us know what you find.
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Warranty, let the dealer find and fix it.

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Most likely the fittings in the short hoses that connect the tanks to the control valve leak....I had to replace mine.....was fine for couple of years until I removed tanks and refilled...when reinstalled I could hear gas leaking at the screw on joints near the tank....
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If you are traveling and need local help call your local LP dealers. Many are really nice small town people and would help you find the leak.

Stay safe and keep that LP turned off until you find and fix the leak.

As above, at lease check the fittings you can see with a few drops of detergent in a cup of water and drip it onto each fitting.
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Most likely the fittings in the short hoses that connect the tanks to the control valve leak....I had to replace mine.....was fine for couple of years until I removed tanks and refilled...when reinstalled I could hear gas leaking at the screw on joints near the tank....
I agree this is the first place that I would start looking for the leak. Many of us have had to replace these short hoses. Most of the time the small o-rings that are in them dry out and crack.
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