Stove Propane Possible Leak - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-22-2013, 09:50 AM   #1
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Stove Propane Possible Leak

In My 1981 Bigfoot, under the 4 burners when I lift the top plate off, there is a small Lemco metal gray box with a black rubber part (marked vent) which, when the black rubber part is sprayed with soapy water, leaves a very small bubble which indicates a leak. It is located right where the propane piping comes into the stove, before going to the stove burners. The size of this element is about and inch square. I have no idea what this box is for, perhaps a regulator or? Should I be concerned about this (probably) and any idea where I can find a replacement part. The stove was manufactured by Brown Stove Works. Thanks, Jim
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Ohhh spooky. Glad you found the problem before it became a huge issue!

Maybe try Brown Stove Works, they're still in business.
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Ohhh spooky. Glad you found the problem before it became a huge issue!

Maybe try Brown Stove Works, they're still in business.
Thanks, Donna, for the link....I contacted Brown Stove Works and they said that it is normal for the vent to release air from the regulator. There is no propane smell so no problem at all. Thanks for the reply, Jim
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Sometimes a slow leek will NOT have a propane smell. B sure you install a propane / Carbon Monoxide detector in the camper. You can purchase a propane sniffer to check where the bubbles R to insure it is not propane.

Take no chances with gas.
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2 years ago a family from our county were blown up inside their camper when the mother lit the stove top. They had a small leek and apparently did not smell propane. It didn't kill them but it did burn them very bad.

As Art stated above, Take NO chances with gas. Get it checked out and protect yourself with the right kind of detector.
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Jim what make and model of stove do you have?
Perhaps there is a manual for it in the documents center here.
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Periodic pressure tests of the whole gas system are a wise thing to include in routine maintenance, especially with our older rigs. The test will reveal any ruptures/bad connections etc. Small anomalies such as the one you describe can/will be explained by the technician if in fact they pose any threat.

At least around here, cost is minimal- about twenty-five bucks at the RV place.

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...Please read the post#9 of mine in article "Bunk Rail" to see how I found out a slow leak of propane line from previous owner. I am no expert, just a practical self-check everything of my works. Share with you guys...
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:18 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the replies. Although I had the system pressure tested a few months ago, I have made an appointment to retest the propane system again. Jim
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.... I have made an appointment to retest the propane system again. Jim
Safety first Jim... safety first! Good for you....
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Thanks for all the replies. Although I had the system pressure tested a few months ago, I have made an appointment to retest the propane system again. Jim
Went for my appointment at the RV dealer. The vent on the stove was not the problem as they pressure tested the whole system. It seems that there was a major leak inside the fridge, which meant, you guessed it, a new fridge for Bigfoot. Was not worth the trouble or expense of repairing a 32 year old fridge. The Dometic is even a 3 way fridge, although I do not plan to use the 12 volt as it draws too much power.
Nice to have a new appliance on board.
As someone pointed out, best to have the propane system checked out on a regular basis and also have a propane detector on board.
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Thanks for reporting the outcome, Jim. Always good to hear the end of the story...

Sounds like everything's cool now- in more ways than one!

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Hi Jim. Which fridge did you buy?
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