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Post by Tugg on Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:49 pm

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Hi  I think I might have a gas leak from my Thetford Caprice Mk 3 Cooker.  As you enter motorhome I am getting quite strong smell of gas which seems to be near   the cooker area  I have isolated the  cooker and the fridge  with the isolator switches but still smell gas , although it might be just lingering before isolating . Has anybody had a problem with gas leaks on their Cotswold ?
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Post by Gromit on Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:12 pm

Please don't start identical threads in two forums. It always leads to confusion, and in this case might even lead to you missing important advice.

Mine would be (advice that is) to get a qualified gas fitter to check your van - as a matter of urgency. Gas doesn't take prisoners, and it's just not worth taking any chances.
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Post by mikethebike on Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:50 pm

Best to turn the gas off at the bottle.then get an expert to check.


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Post by SteveUK on Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:17 pm

Indeed - get a professional in.

I had a similar experience and it was the fibre washers in the isolator taps that were all past their best.  I recall that it was about £50 to get a registered gas fitter to take a look, check everything and renew the washers (also put on a new hose from the regulator for good measure).

A lot cheaper than a new motorhome!
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Post by gemdeco on Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:34 am

Hi
   I agree a gas fitter is the best option and he can do a pressure test, but you can use soapy water around the joints if you feel competent  
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Post by Maasai Warrior on Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:53 am

Can you also smell gas outside? A connection on our LPG tank needed tightening, carried out under warranty by AS Service Centre. The smell also drifted into the van, initially making it difficult to trace.

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Post by mikethebike on Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:42 am

hi i also thought gas would go down,BUT when i smelt gas in the van,i got it checked  and it was the gas bottle connection not tightened enough.I have a strong spanner for that job now. up!

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Post by Stewart John on Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:39 am

Hi

In my 35 years of caravanning and motorhomes I have always smelt gas in the gas lockers. It like the bottles have to vent off some how.? shrugg

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Post by dbroada on Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:46 am

Stewart John wrote:Hi

In my 35 years of caravanning and motorhomes I have always smelt gas in the gas lockers. It like the bottles have to vent off some how.? shrugg
There should be a gas drop out hole under every joint in the gas pipe and the hole under the bottle should be quite large. Not so large to allow animal life to enter though.

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Post by -mojo- on Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:46 am

Stewart John wrote:I have always smelt gas in the gas lockers. It like the bottles have to vent off some how.? shrugg

No - it means there is a leak!

Obviously it depends on your setup, but the metal POL type connectors used for propane are very susceptible to leaking if the "nose" of the connector has even the slightest deformation. I've always changed mine for the type with a rubber nose section which are much better - though if you do that you have to take care not to over-tighten the joint.
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Post by Molly3 on Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:16 pm

Do not use washing up liquid for leaks ,it contains salt  if you do clean with water
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Post by Dave 418 on Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:57 am

:shrugg:I seem to be attracted to other people troubles. Before we went away on our latest trip I replaced a gas bottle and in conversation with my supplier he asked how old our bottle to regulator pipe was. As it was on the van when we bought it I agreed to change it. On his advise I bought one that required a spanner not the type with a plastic knob . He said they seal better not having a rubber seal that can perish. 
The first weekend at an air show and proms concert my wife thought she smelt gas. I couldnt find the leak so we left it until we moved to Cheltenham.
After a couple of days the smell was getting really bad. After a lot of checking with soapy water around the new bottle and pipe I found a leak at the crimped metal fitting on the new pipe at the bottle end. Asking the site owners for directions I bought a new pipe from a local caravan dealer. 
I have gone back to the none spanner type pipe. No leaks now but it cost me a full bottle of gas over four days. This proves how much can leak out from a small leak and any smells shouldnt be ignored. 
My local gas supplier has refunded me for the faulty pipe and sold me a new bottle at half price. Maybe a free bottle would have been nice but his bottles are cheaper than most so it is a start.
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Post by Gromit on Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:04 am

The OP is obviously not very concerned as he hasn't been back to check on the advice offered.

Hope he hasn't gone on holiday with a gas leak!!!!
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Post by Tugg on Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:13 pm

Thanks everybody for comments  I have had the Gas system checked and everything was ok
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