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I am going through testing all trailer systems...refer on propane, heater, stove, oven.

Two days ago I switched refer over to propane to let it run on propane and see if it would get colder than when on 120V. It did not. It actually was 1-2 degrees warmer!

I tested stove, oven, and furnace (lighting and letting them run for 5-10 mins) and then shutting them off. I left the refer on propane overnight.

Yesterday, there is a gas odor inside the trailer. Not sure where it is coming from....stove, furnace, or refer....all of these were run on propane for testing. I thought maybe it was residual gas smell from when I was lighting the burners (it took a minute or so for propane to get to stove/oven, as they had not been lit for many months.

Today, I entered trailer and could still smell gas, so I turned off the refer and closed propane tank valve.

NOTE: I did check, before running any propane items, using soapy water in a spray bottle, the lines that connect tanks to diverter valve. No leaks at these rubber lines.

Propane detector alarm did NOT activate.

Thoughts on where this gas smell can be coming from? BTW...it does not smell like rotten eggs (read that propane can smell like this)...to me, it smells like propane gas.

I guess I could spray soapy water on ALL line connections inside trailer....stove and furnace. Furnace is installed under a couch.

Could it be refer....since it didn't get colder than when running on 120V? Maybe refer is not getting all the propane (due to a leak) it needs to work at optimum level while on propane?

Where to start? Other methods beside soapy water?

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When my trailer was new I had to replace the two flex lines between the tanks and the regulator because they were leaking at the crimped ends. I also had to replace the regulator as it was leaking at the crimped top of the regulator. I changed to a better quality product. Do you have a connection for an outside stove or grill that could be leaking.
 

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I sprayed all exterior connections with soapy water and all was good. My odor is in the interior. I purchased a propane/gas sniffer and will do some testing on stove tomorrow.
 

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Turns out the oven thermostat control is leaking. Must be an internal leak as all lines were checked, tightened, and soapy water reveals small leak from a non serviceable fitting.

Part is obsolete, since Atwood was purchased by Dometic and they will no longer manufacturer parts.

This has been the second part (AL-KO axle was first) on my trailer to be discontinued. I'm batting 0/2!

Stove replacement is now something to consider.
What brand?
 

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Post a pic of your oven part and or model etc. Those are simply gas line parts that the vendor put a PN on. There is an off the shelf part somewhere that would fit. Local appliance store (see the old guy behind the counter) may be able to help you. Some other assy may have the part that you need contained therein.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I checked at my local mom/pop RV parts/repair store. They have been around for 50 years. They couldn't find anything that would fit.

I ended up replacing the stove/oven with a new Greystone 17" unit. It was an exact fit. I did need to add a 12V dedicated circuit which I did adding a circuit to an empty slot on the 12V side of the electrical panel. Ground bus was found behind the panel when I removed it.

We are preparing for a trip soon and we needed a working stove. It wasn't too bad a price. It has a few nice features over what came original. It has a glass oven door, lighted oven, folding glass top over burners, cast iron grate, and spark ignition for oven....the OEM stove/oven had none of these features.
 
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