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Propane quick disconect outlet

Postby Shadow Catcher » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:55 am

I am having difficulty finding a propane port (through the side of the trailer). The only one I have been able to find is a Bullfinch (UK) that has fittings not easily US compatible and that I would have to import.
I managed to pick up a SS portable grill from Costco and really do not want to haul around ten + feet of hose to adapt it to the bottle.
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Postby madjack » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:37 am

...not sure exactly what you are looking for, BUT, CampInn had a set up, that mounted thru the wall for propane and water...might wanna check it out..............
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Postby Dale M. » Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:36 am

Check MR Heater site....

http://www.mrheater.com/productdetails. ... 357&id=357

About half way down page....

IF MR Heater does not have propane hose or fitting that will work for you, item probably does not exist...

Also try...

http://www.mcmaster.com/param/asp/PSear ... nWidth=750


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Postby Shadow Catcher » Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:46 pm

I am aware of the CampInn set up but it is a package deal with the water electric and a conventional quick disconnect. What I am looking for is more along the line of the Bullfinch gas point and if i can not find anything else I will order from them and adapt.

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Postby dh » Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:30 am

Have you tried the RV dealers? These are commonplace on popups. Every dealer's parts department should have a catalog full of camper parts and accessories, just flip through the propane section.
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Postby Shadow Catcher » Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:34 am

dh good point. There are two main distributors in the US, Coast and Arrow
http://www.coastdistribution.com
https://www.rvlifestyles.net
I have checked both of them. I also have a couple of "Local" dealers catalogs. I will follow up on the pop up idea and the dealer.
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Postby slowcowboy » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:04 pm

I use one on my teardrop to connect my hose to my stove in my underbelly storage drawer.

Dh, is right they are a pop up trailer item.

any rv store has them and they are like 5 bucks or less.

work great. get you a 3 inch hole saw with the propane hose outlet to drill a 3 inch hole in the side of your trailer to install it.

slow. i have one in use on my teardrop.
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Postby Shadow Catcher » Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:10 am

SC unfortunately the local dealer is clueless, I checked yesterday. What is being used on the popups and larger RV's is an electrical cable hatch,
and the smart ones put a cutoff valve between the internal hose and the quick disconnect.
The prospect of having a joint with rubber hose I can't check easily for leaks inside next to the water heater and in with the converter... really does not thrill me. Well the other alternative is still having the tap off of the bottle and a long hose which is looking better.
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Postby bobhenry » Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:58 am

Surface mounted LP quick connect about 7-8 th item down.......

http://www.tejassmokers.com/NatGasHoses.htm
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Postby Shadow Catcher » Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:05 am

That is definitely a contender, thanks Bob
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Postby slowcowboy » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:16 pm

shadow cather. I have a internal blade valve that shuts everything off to my coleman bottle inside my cabnet under my galley counter top.

I have a another valve on the end of the quick connection that came with it from my pop up trailer but I dont trust it.

I depend on the inline one I plumbed in.

its right past my regulator and that reg ties into a normal plo.

form that I have a steak saver sqrewed in and that goes to the coleman bottle which is pipe clamped to the side of my teardrops wall.

I have about a I would say 2 feet of hose and the quick conect on the end of the hose.

slow. I also have a hole in my cabnet floor and its got a furnace vent over it.

any leaking propane will be instantly let out into the great outdoors.

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Postby Shadow Catcher » Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:08 pm

SC at this point I am tending toward importing one of the Bullfinch propane points along with one of their shower points. Compass Rose already has the gas plumbing for the cook top and water heater and it will be a simple matter to add. I have a gas detector already installed and one of my past NDT tasks was leak testing, using dish washing soap :thumbsup:. There are more sophisticated testing fluids with greater surface tension but most of the time this works well.
When I installed the regulator I found a couple of leaks in the line.
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Postby slowcowboy » Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:58 pm

I have always used dish soap to. it should work fine for you. slow.
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Postby dh » Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:15 pm

Shadow Catcher wrote:
The prospect of having a joint with rubber hose I can't check easily for leaks inside next to the water heater and in with the converter... really does not thrill me. Well the other alternative is still having the tap off of the bottle and a long hose which is looking better.


I wouldn't plumb the internal side with rubber, I'd use steel flex connection like on a gas appliance.

Lotsa good info on rubber propane hoses http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=44545

And, the high point...
You want an LPG rubber hose. However, You should be aware that almost all rubber Propane hoses are pin pricked to allow the gas that DOES get through the tube to dissipate to the atmosphere.
I suggest you install the hose in a well ventilated area so the gas that permeates through the hose will not accumulate in a confined area such as your closed hatch or cabin.

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Postby Shadow Catcher » Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:51 am

I have to replumb the gas line anyway. When installing the line they used black iron (called for in RVIA standards) but they did it in such a way that it has a section going under the axle that is about 4" below the axle and the low point on the trailer, just waiting for a rock. They used copper from the black iron to the cook top and water heater. But they did not use a bender and there are a couple of kinks. I will despite standards probably use all copper from the tank back. Compass Rose will see some mild off roading and having the gas line tucked up outweighs other considerations. For those that are bending copper and do not want to invest in a bender, a spring that fits over the copper line made for this purpose is the answer.
The RVIA standards and some good information concerning LP is at http://www.bustropolis.com/files/downlo ... mation.pdf
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