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Old 06-15-2009, 03:54 PM
 
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Is that common? We took a tour through a popular park in Pismo Beach that's right on the ocean and still the smell of propane was stifling Couldn't wait to get out of there to get a deep breath of clean air again. Is that what to expect if we were to park-hop?
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Old 06-15-2009, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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We been RVers for many years, full time now. I never smelled LP ever anywhere. Right now we leak because the M........F....... who came to fill it broke or cracked something. So other then smelling ours I have never smelled it.

If the smell is as bad as you say then it must be from the LP filling station.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:28 AM
 
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It's possible that it's not LP gas. Uncapped sewer connections are atrocious!
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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It's possible that it's not LP gas. Uncapped sewer connections are atrocious!
That's what I was thinking. As I recall, it's about the same smell too. (I no longer have a sense of smell.)
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:43 AM
 
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That's what I was thinking. As I recall, it's about the same smell too. (I no longer have a sense of smell.)
Yep.

And if it were propane stinking a park up that bad, I would think it would be a huge risk for fire/explosion. I suspect this is a much crappier situation!
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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I lived in Eagle Grove, Iowa for a short while many years ago. I'd walk into downtown stores and smell what seemed to be natural gas. It was all over the downtown area. (I sold to retailers.) I'd ask about it, but always got the same answer. "No problem. It's sewer gas and has always been that way."

About a year after I left, the big hotel where I always had coffee and lunch blew up. KA-BOOM! It was leveled, and a few other stores near it had to be demolished. Seems there was indeed a problem, and it was paid for with a few lives.

While I doubt it was propane you were smelling, I wouldn't trust that it's safe, and I wouldn't want to stay in a park that smelled like propane, whether it was propane or sewer.
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Old 07-07-2009, 11:47 AM
 
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I'm pretty keen on recognizing sewer gas as it is sulfurous, like flatulence (which isn't a picnic, either) but this was definitely industrial chemical of some sort and as we drove up and down the different "streets" we just could not escape it. Now the lots were very close together so perhaps it was the smell of lighter fluid or similar as a lot of BBQ'ing was going on. So I'm getting from many of these responses that propane does not emit an odor when used normally?
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:18 PM
 
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Hmmmmm.

You can get some "propane" odour under normal circumstances if hot weather causes full cylinders to vent.

If, however, the odour is evident over a very large area, then you're likely downwind of a filling station.
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:53 AM
 
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Well, that's good news. Thanks, Cornerguy. Nice to know I won't face that odor everywhere I go. I'm sure it's dangerous as well as unpleasant.
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:14 PM
 
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Well, that's good news. Thanks, Cornerguy. Nice to know I won't face that odor everywhere I go. I'm sure it's dangerous as well as unpleasant.

Well, there's a reason why propane manufacturers are required add chemicals to make it stink; leaking, explosive gas is seldom a good thing.
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