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Old 11-15-2013, 01:13 PM   #11
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Doesn't the old soapy water trick work anymore for leak detection?
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:21 PM   #12
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Doesn't the old soapy water trick work anymore for leak detection?
Yes, if you want to check a specific fitting, soapy water is the right tool. If you want to see if there is any leak somewhere in the system, without covering every fitting, hose, and pipe in soapy water...
  1. put one of these gauges in,
  2. open the tank valve to bring everything up to pressure,
  3. close the tank valve,
  4. watch the pressure - it shouldn't drop because no propane should be escaping.
If the pressure drops too quickly (sorry, I don't know offhand how fast that is), then you work your way through the system with the soapy water to find the leak.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:28 PM   #13
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As for leak detection, I purchased a General PNG2000A Gas Detector through Home Depot... While the Amazon reviews were mixed, I tested it on both propane & natural gas, and although it has a long start up time, once ready it works well.
Great tip Jon. I checked with Home Depot's Canadian website, and they list it (even for the same price), but only online... explains why I have not seen it in our stores. Maybe I'll order one.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:52 PM   #14
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Oh, I was thinking only of the tank.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:02 PM   #15
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Yes, if a tank leaks anywhere it is replacement time! The pressure gauge won't help detect a leak in a tank.

Leaks also happen in "pigtail" hoses, the connection between the "pigtail" hose and the regulator, the connection between the regulator and its outlet hose, that outlet hose, the connection between the outlet hose the piping that runs under the trailer, the elbows and tees in the piping, the flare fitting of the copper tubing to the piping, the copper tubing, the flare connections of the copper tubing to each appliance, and within the appliances' internal plumbing and controls. Not much of these problems have likely been seen yet in Escapes, which are well-built and all relatively new, but in time they'll appear due to wear and tear.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:03 PM   #16
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BTW, do the interior LP hoses (to the refer, hot water tank, furnace etc.) experience wear? Exterior hoses can get brittle. Is that an owner fix or should a " gas " fitter repair/replace as needed ?
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BTW, do the interior LP hoses (to the refer, hot water tank, furnace etc.) experience wear? Exterior hoses can get brittle.
Yes, hoses age; however, there should be no hose (fabric-reinforced rubber) in the interior. Those appliance lines should be bendable copper tubing specifically intended for gas applications, and I think that's what's in Escapes; please let me know if I'm mistaken. The copper stuff shouldn't suffer much from age if properly secured so it isn't bouncing around and flexing with road bumps.

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Is that an owner fix or should a " gas " fitter repair/replace as needed ?
The subject of what an owner can or should do has been very controversial in other forums. There is nothing complex or difficult about making gas connections, but there are very specific parts, materials, and techniques for doing it. A qualified professional seems likely to be a safe choice. (but I, personally, would do it myself )
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:24 PM   #18
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Isn't the propane gas / carbon monoxide detector that is standard in the Escape enough?
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After a couple of years of use the owner gets an idea of how long his particular usage lasts and fills/checks accordingly.
On a 3 week trip this past summer with fairly heavy usage of a variety of propane devices (fridge, stove, BBQ, hot water heater, furnace, and fire bowl) we used three 20-lb cylinders of propane (1 per week).
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Doesn't detect leaks, but for $10, I use a luggage scale to weigh my BBQ tank.
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