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Old 06-25-2012, 12:48 PM   #1
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Books on Propane?

There is at least one really good book on electrical systems in RVs. I was wondering if anyone has any knowledge of a good book or website or something on running lines for, maintaining and using Propane in your RV? we know very little about it and our 41 year old truck camper has lines that look rather scary to me. and some that are clearly kinked or otherwise dangerous, also has original regulator which probably need to be replaced, and what so need info or replaceing propane lines, and regulator, testing the ancient appliances one the lines are safe, and proper use and maintenance, so as not to blow one's self up!


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Old 06-25-2012, 01:17 PM   #2
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Your local propane dealer may have someone who can modernize that setup for you.

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There are propane chapters in some "Care and Feeding of an RV" books. That is about all there is because that is all there is to it.

It works like this, get:
A cheap yard stick
a length (6') of small (1/4~3/8) clear plastic tubing
some rubber bands

Use the rubber band to make a loop of the tubing on the yardstick and put some water in the tubing. You just built a manometer (device to measure low pressures).

Turn the gas on.
Take out a stove burner and push the tubing on a jet.
Turn the burner on.
The water in the manometer should shift so there is now about 11" difference between the two sides (that is why you used a yard stick).

Turn of the gas at the tank and wait. (A day is not too long.)

There should still be 11" there. If there is - Great...
It there isn't, you have a leak.

To find a leak, do not use window cleaner or and prepared cleaner, use dish soap or kids bubble stuff and spray or paint it anyplace you can find. Where it bubbles......

As to the kinks. unless it is nearly kinked shut, it probably won't matter. If you can replace that piece of line, that is good. They are just flare connections (No Rocket Science here). You can also cut out and replace just the damaged part. Inspect per above when done.

Good luck

A lifelong waterman and his bride going dry places for as long as the fuel money lasts.
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