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Old 01-09-2019, 02:24 PM   #1
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Gas Regulator and bath vent leak

Hello All,

1. I have a slight propane smell when I open the hard shell tank cover. (with the valves both open or closed)
I have done the soap test and seem to find no leaks at the tank, pigtail, hoses and regulator.
Any ideas or known topics on the site about this?
Is there a test for a regulator?

2. We have a water leak, when raining, from the stock 2011 bath vent. (some drips on the head, no pun, during visits)
I have looked at the vent from the top and see no obvious leak areas. Any ideas?

Thank you paul
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Old 01-09-2019, 02:47 PM   #2
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When we first had our 19', we had a slight gas smell as well. Tried the soap/water trick but nothing was showing up. It was about the same time someone stole one of our propane tanks so we ended up replacing the remaining tank and the regulator just in case. No more smell after that. (Always hoped the creep that took our tank got the leaky one ... )

Our vent also dripped at times but I remembered Reace telling us not to tighten it down too much. Eased up a bit and that seemed to help a little but it never did stop ... always had drops on the toilet cover after a rain. Perhaps a new vent cover would help.
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Old 01-09-2019, 02:49 PM   #3
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Hello All,

1. I have a slight propane smell when I open the hard shell tank cover. (with the valves both open or closed)
I have done the soap test and seem to find no leaks at the tank, pigtail, hoses and regulator.
Any ideas or known topics on the site about this?
Is there a test for a regulator?

2. We have a water leak, when raining, from the stock 2011 bath vent. (some drips on the head, no pun, during visits)
I have looked at the vent from the top and see no obvious leak areas. Any ideas?

Thank you paul
#1. While anyone smelling propane should check for leaks, I believe the slight smell comes from the outside of the tank contaminated during the fill process. This is particularly a problem if there is oil in the fill nozzle that sprays on the tank when it is disconnected. I sometimes smell the propane ethyl mercaptan odorant on my hands after replacing a tank...

#2. I had to reseal (remove, put down new Butyl tape & remount) my 2011 bathroom vent due to a small leak. Eventually, I bought the power vent upgrade kit from Escape & installed it so I don't know how long the original resealing might last.
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Old 01-09-2019, 04:19 PM   #4
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I think that the vent on the lower side of the regulator can vent a small amount but enough to smell.

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I once had a five lb. propane cylinder in the back of the Subaru. It was mid summer. When I got to the Coquihalla summit, it vented.
So, heat and elevation can cause a pressure release.
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Old 01-09-2019, 07:38 PM   #6
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Hello All,

1. I have a slight propane smell when I open the hard shell tank cover. (with the valves both open or closed)
I have done the soap test and seem to find no leaks at the tank, pigtail, hoses and regulator.
Any ideas or known topics on the site about this?
Is there a test for a regulator?

2. We have a water leak, when raining, from the stock 2011 bath vent. (some drips on the head, no pun, during visits)
I have looked at the vent from the top and see no obvious leak areas. Any ideas?

Thank you paul
#1 I think the stock pigtails are pretty low quality with the single ring on the end and can leak ever so slightly without showing on a leak test, but still enough to build up under the propane cover. Try high quality replacement pigtails like these and my bet is the smell goes away
Propane leak at the tank connection

#2 I recommend the power vent upgrade as Jon indicated. Here is the thread that has a link to his install on his previous 17B. My install on a 19 starts at post #25.
Adding The Power Bathroom Vent to a 17B
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#1 I think the stock pigtails are pretty low quality with the single ring on the end and can leak ever so slightly without showing on a leak test, but still enough to build up under the propane cover. Try high quality replacement pigtails like these and my bet is the smell goes away
Propane leak at the tank connection

#2 I recommend the power vent upgrade as Jon indicated. Here is the thread that has a link to his install on his previous 17B. My install on a 19 starts at post #25.
Adding The Power Bathroom Vent to a 17B
Dave changing out the pigtails to Mr. Heater and the the regulator stopped all gas smells . Also changing to power Vent was a wise decision . Pat
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