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RE: Dometic Refrigerator gas smell

I've had a similar issue with any propane appliance when the lp tank was getting low and starting to draw the mercaptans(I think that's what it's called) from the tank. this stuff can get more concentrated as the tank is low on propane. I think ernie1 wins the cigar! We have never run our propane empty before this trip. I think I just lost track of how many trips we had on the two tanks and on day 3 of this trip we started noticing propane smell under the awning when were sitting there. Not all the time, but periodically. At first I thought it was just normal gas dispersion when the fridge ignited in its normal cycle. But it was too pronounced as time went on. Then we ran completely dry on propane later that day. I have two full tanks onboard now and there is no sign of leaks testing with a spray bottle. The electrode/igniter sparks right off and the gas burner fires right up. No propane smell drifting around like before. I'll spray every fitting I can find once more just to be sure, but I think this was just a new fluke for me.
FootSoldier 07/14/22 03:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Refrigerator gas smell

I've had a similar issue with any propane appliance when the lp tank was getting low and starting to draw the mercaptans(I think that's what it's called) from the tank. this stuff can get more concentrated as the tank is low on propane. Interesting. That was the condition our tanks were in. They ran dry the next day. I'll be jumping into this tomorrow morning and hope to find something.
FootSoldier 07/14/22 01:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Refrigerator gas smell

Soapy water in a spray bottle... Lots of spray, no bubbles yet. So it makes me wonder if there is no leak at a fitting, but instead the valve dispensing gas when called for, but not getting an ignition?
FootSoldier 07/13/22 09:48pm Tech Issues
Dometic Refrigerator gas smell

We noticed that our Dometic DM2652RBX was venting propane when starting or operating from the wall mounted outside vent while camping last week. It seems to run well, but it has a clear smell of a propane leak when running. I am going to start by trying to see if it is a bad igniter first, then I guess the gas valve would be the next stop. Any better ideas or thoughts? Thanks, Steve
FootSoldier 07/13/22 06:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Purchasing advice?

I think we're committed to go. I am waiting a bit to see what happens with truck/supply line issues into the Fall. My retirement present to me is going to be a new GMC 3500HD, but I won't buy one if they keep delivering them with missing options.
FootSoldier 06/08/22 03:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing advice?

"Seventy...and retirement not far off"? It's too late man! No one can tow cross country after seventy! Maybe a van camper, if you retire immediately Maybe Jerry is pulling my leg. Anyway he gets a rise out of me. I won't even try to go back to the young age of 70, but here is a report of my years since my age of 77 (only major trips included) 2009 Age 77 East Texas to San Diego, CA back by Utah & Colorado 4128 miles 2010 Age 78 Grand Teton/Yellowstone 3259 miles 2011 Age 79 East Texas to Maine Return via Savannah 4290 miles 2012 Age 80 Hamilton, Ontario and Niagara Falls 3020 miles 2013 Age 81 Glacier NP Return via Colorado 5442 miles 2016 Age 84 Grand Teton again Rocky Montain NP 3307 miles 2017 Age 85 Bannf and Rocky Mountains 4556 miles I'll skip over to: 2021 Age 89 Boondock to Taos, NM; Silverton CO 2021 miles including portion of Million Dollar Highway again. Total mileage since 2002 107,645 I will turn 90 in October and may never take another long RV trip. But this should be enough to encourage a still young Footsoldier. If I could do half as much, I would be very proud!
FootSoldier 06/03/22 03:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing advice?

^^Not to hijack, but just wanted to say "padredw is the rv.net HERO OF THE MONTH!! Congrats, your golden age travels are an inspiration for the 70 year old kid. (OP) Jerry AMEN!!!
FootSoldier 06/03/22 03:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing advice?

On June 1st reservations for June 1st 2023 season opened up and I forgot to go online to secure my favorite WV park campsites. On June 2nd I remembered to do it and was shocked to find almost all the "good sites" were already booked!!! So in just 24 hours everyone made plans for 2023 June and things got scarce quickly. People are still camping but not going as far. We have canceled our trip to Colorado this year due to fuel prices and availability of fuel. Things are really spooky right now and it's very unclear how things will shake out in November. I'd be very cautious of making a major purchase on any type of RV. All we can see on TV are EV (electric vehicle) ads. Ford is even making a major plunge on electrifying their most popular vehicle, the F150. Significant major adjustments are coming to America and things never seen before are happening right in front of our eyes. The ability to pull a big 5th wheel with an EV is doubtful. RV's may get really small in the future. Those little Tear Drop trailers may be the wave of the future. Unless you are loaded with cash, be cautious!! Don't get stuck with a dinosaur you can't use. It does feel like we're late to the party. I could have retired earlier, but I just wasn't ready. Now we'll have a different kind of uncertainty to deal with, but I think it will work out.
FootSoldier 06/03/22 09:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing advice?

Considering that getting the right tow rig is something of a challenge right now as well, we might need to pump the brakes on this. I suppose I'm feeling a little like the window of opportunity for me might be narrowing some too. I turn 70 soon and retirement is not far off. So, I have begun wondering how long I might be able to run a big rig around the country? I guess we'll see? Maybe things will get a little more clear by the end of the year? "Seventy...and retirement not far off"? It's too late man! No one can tow cross country after seventy! Maybe a van camper, if you retire immediately. :B Jerry Baaaahhhaaa! LOL!
FootSoldier 06/03/22 09:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing advice?

Considering that getting the right tow rig is something of a challenge right now as well, we might need to pump the brakes on this. I suppose I'm feeling a little like the window of opportunity for me might be narrowing some too. I turn 70 soon and retirement is not far off. So, I have begun wondering how long I might be able to run a big rig around the country? I guess we'll see? Maybe things will get a little more clear by the end of the year?
FootSoldier 05/29/22 09:59am Fifth-Wheels
Purchasing advice?

We're shopping for a new fifth wheel and I'm trying to figure out how much below MSRP we can reasonably expect to be able to make a deal in the current economy? Any advice would be appreciated.
FootSoldier 05/28/22 08:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Residential vs Gas/Electric Fridge?

If we chose the residential fridge, the trailer comes with a small solar package and a 2000w inverter. I think that will get us as close to the best fit we could hope for, at least to start. How big is the solar package? Our current rig has a "solar package"...all of 50w solar and a single trolling battery. Great for storing the rig over the winter but not much else. Added a second battery and a portable 100w panel to keep the 12v fridge running (still have to be careful of other 12v loads). Plus if it's actually hot, we pull out the generator. If it's cool out, the fridge takes less power to keep cold. The trailer solar package is 190w roof top panel and a 2000w inverter wired to the fridge and selected outlets, including the entertainment center. I think the 2000w inverter will do what we need, but I would add at least another 200w panel and 200ah of lithium battery.
FootSoldier 05/26/22 08:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Residential vs Gas/Electric Fridge?

...We don't boondock and have no expectations of running an AC without shore power, but the solar/battery combination will run the refrigerator indefinitely... as long as the sun shines every day. More batteries and solar would overcome that situation. We have had very long (12-hour) travel days with overcast and drizzle and the batteries were still almost fully charged on arrival at the next destination. There's no way we would go back to an absorption refrigerator. Of course, there are those who are fully on the other side of the fence - it all depends on how you use your RV and your expectations. Rob I think this will be us. The 5er we are gravitating toward actually has 3 A/C units and I'm not really interested in running a big generator. So it's plug-in and have A/C, or there won't be A/C. I don't see us pulling this rig out into the woods somewhere, it will probably always be in some kind of developed facility. Somewhere along the way I got old and this rig is going to be all about convenience and ease. We do have a few favorite Forest Service campgrounds that we'd fit into, but getting a hookup won't always be possible. So I am thinking a combination of a little more battery, solar, and my little Honda gen to top things off or handle coffee in the morning will work for stays without a hookup? Our little Rockwood Roo has a propane fridge that has served us pretty well. It won't freeze food, but it will keep it frozen to semi-frozen for a week. Ice cream is not going to make it more than a couple days. If we chose the residential fridge, the trailer comes with a small solar package and a 2000w inverter. I think that will get us as close to the best fit we could hope for, at least to start.
FootSoldier 05/25/22 02:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Residential vs Gas/Electric Fridge?

Our LG 22 cf fridge draws 7 amps. It doesn’t run all the time so I have no idea what’s the total consumption. While we keep ours plugged in 24/7 at home, on the road we have been making ice at least 48 hours with 2 12 volt trolling type batteries. I would imagine with a good solar setup, you could do at least a week without any problem. My main question; is why choose a residential fridge in an RV? It seems like we see more and more residential type, rather than the propane option? The thought behind trying to get a week on batteries is that I figure we'll be in a hook-up by then. We could go from hookup to another hookup with at least a week in between, I think we could go anywhere we wanted.
FootSoldier 05/24/22 04:22pm Fifth-Wheels
Residential vs Gas/Electric Fridge?

After a set back in our plans, we're back on the trail looking at fifth wheels. I think my last question comes down to which type fridge? We'll have some solar no matter, but since we're looking at a 35' trailer and we'll be doing National Parks and Forest Service Campgrounds, I am thinking we could do a residential fridge. What I am trying to figure out is whether we could run a residential fridge on an inverter and a couple 100ah deep cycle lithium batteries for a week or so? Combined with some solar charging and a small portable generator to help keep the batteries charged up. Any thoughts on which type of fridge you'd recommend?
FootSoldier 05/24/22 10:47am Fifth-Wheels
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