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Old 08-25-2016, 02:03 PM   #1
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Is propane T valve worth it?

So I assume our LP tank is like most in that there is no hose/connection to something like an external grill. We've got a small Weber (Q-1200) and it would be perfect to just put a hose directly to the grill so as to avoid buying the little cans to heat it. Dealer said the part is over $100 (excluding labor I believe, but not positive on that). We're not full timers yet, but just in general we certainly like to grill at times. For comparison sake, I'd say we grill about 5-7 times a month at home.

Thus, my question is would it be worth it to put a Tee on our LP tank so as to hook up a hose which would then go to the grill? Seems like a lot of hassle and money for such an occasional want, but if we're spending $5-$10 for one of the little cans every time, maybe it would make up for the cost.
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Take a look at something like this, to see if it would fit the bill for you.

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So I assume our LP tank is like most in that there is no hose/connection to something like an external grill. We've got a small Weber (Q-1200) and it would be perfect to just put a hose directly to the grill so as to avoid buying the little cans to heat it. Dealer said the part is over $100 (excluding labor I believe, but not positive on that). We're not full timers yet, but just in general we certainly like to grill at times. For comparison sake, I'd say we grill about 5-7 times a month at home.

Thus, my question is would it be worth it to put a Tee on our LP tank so as to hook up a hose which would then go to the grill? Seems like a lot of hassle and money for such an occasional want, but if we're spending $5-$10 for one of the little cans every time, maybe it would make up for the cost.
As to you answer to the question of "Hassle".......I find it a lot easier to get a 20# bottle filled the take my Coach to get its tank filled
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I got the Camco Version:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Works great, need to keep my coach propane filled anyway so I always have propane and don't need to carry a separate tank. It also allows you to use a second tank for the RV itself if you ran out and didn't want to move to get the main tank filed.
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It is easier to buy a refillable bottle and be able to set your grill up where ever you prefer. Thus not being "tied" to the coach. The "T" allows you to use an auxiliary tank to supply the coach if needed.
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I did that once. But it always seemed that the propane hose from the RV to the table was just a tad too short. I ended up using a small 5 pound 1 gallon refillable propane tank. That way I could have the grill anywhere on any table.
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Storage is at a premium for me so I use a T valve and a 12' hose. Very easy to install. The Weber grill is not a turkey fryer and uses very little fuel. Most of our meals are cooked outside and probably 90% of the evening meals are prepared on the grill. I fill the tank in the spring and can usually make it until mid November camping in the mid Atlantic.

This T had the hose end that matches the disposable gas bottles so it fit my Webber. Took ten minutes and two wrenches to install. A little soapy water to verify a fight seal and done.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

There are many versions available so you need to know what will fit the gas plumbing your coach has and what the grill you want to use requires. Very easy to order the wrong fittings so do a bit of homework.
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I've used the t valve with my Coleman grill/griddle/cooktop for three years. I love it.
I'd check around, though, because the part is nowhere near $100, more like $15-20. It is also a pretty easy install that could be a DIY project if you have some decent competence with that kind of thing.
We have a 12' hose and use ours extensively. It really sips the LP gas so we don't have problems refilling the coach LP tank. At the Royal Coachman Resort in Nokomis FL where we spend the winter you can sign up for a refill and they bring the truck to you and fill up. I think that service is available at many of the seasonal RV parks. Many of the KOA and other larger RV parks have easy access to propane fills as well.

On a related topic, the rubber LP hoses are susceptible to rodent attacks. I had something chew through the hose this summer in Michigan one night. It was not easy to find someone who could make and install the replacement hose. I finally found a place in Traverse City MI and had him make two so I'd have a spare.
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So I assume our LP tank is like most in that there is no hose/connection to something like an external grill. We've got a small Weber (Q-1200) and it would be perfect to just put a hose directly to the grill so as to avoid buying the little cans to heat it. Dealer said the part is over $100 (excluding labor I believe, but not positive on that). We're not full timers yet, but just in general we certainly like to grill at times. For comparison sake, I'd say we grill about 5-7 times a month at home.

Thus, my question is would it be worth it to put a Tee on our LP tank so as to hook up a hose which would then go to the grill? Seems like a lot of hassle and money for such an occasional want, but if we're spending $5-$10 for one of the little cans every time, maybe it would make up for the cost.
I can buy 3 little cans for $10 at Walmart or other places. To me it is not worth the hassle and expense to make the alteration. I also use the little bottles in my Mr. Buddy and they last a long time the way I use them.
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FIRE UP hit it dead on, I put one of these on mine and have been very pleased. Works great. Order on Amazon. Easy to install.
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I like small the 5 or 10 lb LP tanks. Easy to tote around and store, and I can put the grill anywhere I want and not have a hose running over to the RV to trip over.
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Well worth it for us.

If the weather is good the grill is my 1st choice for cooking.

On our coach the tee is plumbed over to the curb side and terminates into a female quick disconnect, I connect 12' of hose to that and set the grill on a small folding table.

No need to exchange bottles or find a place to store them.

My tee is downstream of the coach's regulator (LP side) so I removed the regulator from the Weber and added the appropriate fitting to the end of my hose to allow it to connect to the grill.
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on my llondon aire it had an extra vapor valve so i went to cenex and they made me a 40' hose that i leave hooked to valve and just roll up and put in beside tank...i also added the kit like on amazon but valve only and had hose made 30'. you dont want a regulater on your supply for grills and such and all my appliances for outside have them...i do have a tee that i took off my fifth wheel and you can have it if you paypal me shipping cost..jeff
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