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JulieB888

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Posted: 07/12/18 03:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello kindly folks,
I got a problem. There is this smell that comes and goes. At first i though that it was gasoline so I checked for a leaky gas tank/lines, but there was no leak and I realized last night that it isn't exactly gasoline smelling either. It typically comes from the rear of the vehicle, often when it hasn't been driven in a few days, but sometimes after driving. However I have smelled it up front a few times when I was driving as well. Usually its very mild but last night it was so strong that i couldn't sleep in the rig. I have sniffed around quite a bit when it has come and it seems to be coming in the heater vent on the inside and from a similar place on the outside. The heater has been broken for years, the fan works but no heat comes out. But I am wondering if there are any fluids in there that would produce a rubbing alcohol like smell. Any ideas?

Much appreciate your help
Julie

By the way it's a 1992 Roadtrek on the Dodge Chasis

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Check brake fluid.


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Antifreeze

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Would break fluid and ant-freeze produce smell in the back of the rig? It's usually coming from behind the back tire.

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Posted: 07/12/18 05:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

check the water in your batteries, they could be out of water and puts off a nasty odor.

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Break fluid is indeed low

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Unless there's "brake" fluid out in the open someplace, your not going to smell it just because the reservoir is a little low.

Low brake fluid is either a sign of a leak or that the linings are getting worn [emoticon]


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That darn break fluid!

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Propane. Since you say the heater has been broken for years, did you cap off the gas line to the heater? Try turning off your propane tank and see if the smell disappears.

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Posted: 07/13/18 07:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

midnightsadie wrote:

check the water in your batteries, they could be out of water and puts off a nasty odor.

If the batteries were dry they wouldn't work very well.

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