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Old 11-17-2013, 07:41 AM   #1
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Extend a Stay/Stay a While

How many have one of the propane tees installed in their propane tank plumbing? I bought a used one and am waiting for it to arrive, have to get a hose for it, so I can hook up a bottle to the rig. Should make it easier, than having to unhook and move the rig to get the tank filled. Not sure about Florida, but where we were last winter, the propane delivery guy charged extra for coming to the campground and filling tanks on site.
How easy/hard to install and anything to watch for..
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:56 AM   #2
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I have the Marshall Brass Extend-A-Stay. I first used it in 2008 when I wintered in Florida and got it for precisely the reasons you state. No breaking camp to drive the MH to a propane supplier and/or not having to pay the extra fee for having the propane truck come to my campsite.

It was simple to install. Just remove the connection between the regulator and the tank valve; turn off gas first. Connect the Extend-A-Stay and attache the regulator. Use a soap solution to check for leaks. One word of caution. The device extends the regulator making it more susceptible to vibration. I mounted a support at the far end of my regulator to prevent the vibration.

The Marshall Brass unit has check valves so you don't need to cap the hose when you disconnect the external tank when taking it to be filled.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:00 AM   #3
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It should just go in place at the rig tank. It will have a shut off valve so you can use the rig tank separately. Just remember to turn the valve off to your rig tank before opening the extend a stay valve. Some use them together but I have not tried that
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:55 AM   #4
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Absolute breeze. In line installation. 40% Diluted dish soap solution in a spray bottle for checking the system.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:13 PM   #5
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Hi pddgm,
I have had the extend a stay for several years. It is easy to install. It works as advertised. I put a 30# tank next to the coach. I would make the same purchase again.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:32 PM   #6
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Works great, I had it on our last coach and took it off before we traded it. Installed it on the new one and it works like a charm. The only thing is that the plastic cover that goes over the regulator might not fit after you put the tee in. The cover really doesn't do anything so I just saved it to be put back in place later when I trade this unit. We use it while its stored in the driveway. Gives us an extra guest room when people come for christmas and i don't have to worry about moving it in the winter to get more propane.
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:07 PM   #7
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Installed one for the same reason several years ago. Works great and you can also connect your gas grill with appropriate connector.
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:06 PM   #8
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Found one on ebay for a good price and even having to buy a hose still saved around 40.00. Got installed and it was easy, the plastic cover over the regulator would not fit any more, so will save it and put it back if I trade or sell my RV. Going to check the discount stores for hose for it and if can't find one there, will go to Home Depot or Lowes.
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Absolute breeze. In line installation. 40% Diluted dish soap solution in a spray bottle for checking the system.
Also consider using YELLOW plumber's tape. Makes connection to and from the tank a snap. I really had to crank down hard not the fitting until I started using the yellow tape. Now...piece of cake and don't have to crank so hard.
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:55 PM   #10
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I too have the genuine article (Marshall Brass) Very happy with it.

On the motor home sice once installed, you need never "uninstall" it, (At least in theory)

Hoses you can get a a propane wholesaler.. for the portable tank hose. And most asny RV store for the grill hose.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:21 PM   #11
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And where are you going to store it while traveling. It is my opinion?? that you can not store them inside a vehicle. Living in the southwest I don't use a whole bunch of propane so for barbequing I just use the small containers which are stored in the basement compartment. Ever notice that at Home Depot they are stored outside the store??
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Anneb.. The Extend-a-stay or Stay-a-while are stored where they are used, Between the tank and the regulator.

Hoses, I store in an outside compartment, since there is no pressurized propane in the hose when it's not in use. The danger is very very very slight.

Usually in the summer (I do not often use the "Aux tank hose" I store the Grill hose in the propane compartment, right along with the tank of propane, the compartment is well vented (VERY WELL VENTED) and thus the danger approaches zero.
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Hi anneb,
If you are referring to post #5, I use the extend a stay and 30# bottle when parked at my lot in the spring and fall. I do not carry the external bottles with me when touring. My furnace drinks propane like water going over Niagara Falls. It is much easier to take the bottle to the propane filling station, than move the coach.
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Have had one for 3 years and can't live without it. Right now working in a county park in AZ for the winter. No propane delivery anywhere close but can fill a bottle 2 miles away. We love the "Deluxe" unit which give us a 15' hose to connect the gas grill. One of the best $100 I've spent on the rig!
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