QUOTE(rv1 @ Jul 11 2010, 08:27 PM)
I have a motorhome and i am getting a smell coming from the stove. I know it is the propane if I have the windows shut it smells like a bad fart. Sorry but thats the best way i could explane it. No alarms go off likr the lp detector or anything like that. The smell does go away if I shut off the propane tank off but smell comes back wehn turned on. Has anyone had this befor or does this happen in all rv's? I only had an rv for 1 year this july just looking for some advice from the vetrens.
The smell you smelling is ethylmercaptin.
What you should be doin is getting the system tested with a manometer, it will show if you have any leaks, a soap and water solution applied to any connections will help you identify them.
Some facts about propane
It is heavier than air, it sinks thats why you dont use in boats. A leak will go into the lowest point of where its confined and stay there until either it get blown out or up
It is no good in extreme cold as it only turns into a gas at -38 or higher
The gas pressure to appliances is described as babys breath
Ethylmercaptin leaves a residue which after a while can gum up nozzles and regulators, they should be checked and cleaned periodically or replaced. Stove burners should be running an even blue, orange flame may indicate a problem with pressure, nozzle or air adjustment
I worked in the RV repair biz and it never ceased to amaze me what some people do and dont do. Almost got blown out of one!