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Old 02-10-2023, 11:26 AM   #1
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Looking for propane repair service recommendations in Seattle area

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Our 1970's Trillium 13' has developed a leak in the propane system somewhere. We smell it in the cabin very soon after either turning on the range or propane heater. Of course they both go off immediately, and we haven't been able to use the camper because of this.



Does anyone have recommendations for a propane service shop in the Seattle area?



I don't want to spend the time to dig into this issue myself at the moment, but suspect a full line replacement is likely the easiest solution given its age rather than searching out the leak.


Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2023, 03:53 PM   #2
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If you decide to investigate yourself, soapy water (dish detergent) in a spray bottle or applied with a brush on lines and fittings helps to locate leaks which will cause bubbles. Stove valves can leak. If you have a very old propane tank and it is near empty, that could cause an odor as the odorant in propane can build up in the tank over time and many refills.
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Old 02-11-2023, 11:56 PM   #3
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If you don't smell it until you turn something on, then plumbing is not your problem.

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If you don't smell it until you turn something on, then plumbing is not your problem.

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I second that.

Also you can find the leak, or get close by just sniffing around. The more information you have for the repairman, the better. Soapy water is definitely the way to find where it is exactly. Good luck!
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I second that.

Also you can find the leak, or get close by just sniffing around. The more information you have for the repairman, the better. Soapy water is definitely the way to find where it is exactly. Good luck!
I third that. and if you smell it after turning on EITHER the range OR the heater, than they BOTH need repairing.

now, if you smelled it when you turn on the tank valve, then its a system problem, probably a leak in one or another fitting.

question, if you light the range, do you get a clean blue flame, or a rough yellow one? a rough yellow flame would mean too much gas, probably due to either a plugged air intake on the stove's air mixer, OR overly high propane pressure suggesting the propane regulator at the tank is bad.
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Old 02-14-2023, 10:09 AM   #6
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Hi all,


Our 1970's Trillium 13' has developed a leak in the propane system somewhere. We smell it in the cabin very soon after either turning on the range or propane heater. Of course they both go off immediately, and we haven't been able to use the camper because of this.



Does anyone have recommendations for a propane service shop in the Seattle area?



I don't want to spend the time to dig into this issue myself at the moment, but suspect a full line replacement is likely the easiest solution given its age rather than searching out the leak.


Thanks!
While all the replies are good, they don't answer your question. You don't want to spend the time to dig into it yourself, as you stated.

There's a number of RV places down near Federal Way and Fife: I'd reach out to them and see if they can help you out. Look at Blue Dog, Tacoma RV Service, Sumner RV Service, and Wescraft RV Repair.
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