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Old 05-05-2019, 08:53 AM   #1
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Propane quick disconect and running multiple items

I have a quick disconnect on my propane tank for the motorhome.
My question is I want to hook it up to the propane firepit to get it away from motorhomeon a 18 foot hose,but being there is no hookups I need the propane for the fridge to keep working,can both work at the same time from same propane tank on motorhome.
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If you could post a picture, it would help a lot.
Maybe you could get a Tee fitting?
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Does the fire pit require high or low pressure propane? Is the quick disconnect on the high or low side of the pressure regulator? If you need high pressure then make sure the hose is rated for high pressure, some are not.
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i would think so, but this is not scientific. the propane supply can run the refrigerator, stove / oven, water heater, and furnace. probably two or three of these at the same time. so plugging in an other propane device should be possible. you may just have to limit your total simultaneous use by the other devices.
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That may depend on if the quick connect is high pressure ( before the regulator ) or low pressure ( after the regulator )

In either case it might work, but if its on the low pressure side of the system, the fire pit could draw more gas then the regulator will allow to flow. That could starve the gas from the fridge.

You need to know where your quick connect is tied into the system.

If its a low pressure connection, there are high pressure Tees, on the market, that can be installed at the tank, that will give you a high pressure quick connect.

I installed one on my MH, to supply my gas grill that already had its own regulator. Works great.
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That may depend on if the quick connect is high pressure ( before the regulator ) or low pressure ( after the regulator )

In either case it might work, but if its on the low pressure side of the system, the fire pit could draw more gas then the regulator will allow to flow. That could starve the gas from the fridge.

You need to know where your quick connect is tied into the system.

If its a low pressure connection, there are high pressure Tees, on the market, that can be installed at the tank, that will give you a high pressure quick connect.

I installed one on my MH, to supply my gas grill that already had its own regulator. Works great.

This^^is the important point, you need to know if the connection is before the regulator (high pressure) or after (low pressure.) That will determine not only whether or not you need to monitor the simultaneous use of appliances, but whether or not you need a regulator on the fire pit. I installed a high pressure line/connection on my last coach without difficulty for the same reason as twinboat.



Just a FYI, my coach has an oven and the directions clearly state that the oven should not be used with the top burners in operation, and when using the burners, not to use all at the same time.
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I have a quick disconnect on my propane tank for the motorhome.
My question is I want to hook it up to the propane firepit to get it away from motorhomeon a 18 foot hose,but being there is no hookups I need the propane for the fridge to keep working,can both work at the same time from same propane tank on motorhome.
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I DID exactly what you're thinking of. Due to the fact that there are some campgrounds/RV parks that do not allow for real fires/fire pits, we purchased a propane one. Now, we don't use it every single night while camping. It's a "once in a while" thing. It came with a regulator and a short, oh, maybe 8' hose. Well, I wasn't gonna have a fire pit, propane or not, that close to the coach. And, I wasn't gonna carry either a ton of small 1 lb. containers or even one or two 1 gallon or 5 gallon propane containers either.

So I employed one of our local welding supplies shops to construct a 50' hose and, quick release fitting on one end and an appropriate connection fitting for the fire ring on the other. I also knew that, you can't "double regulate" propane. I didn't want a regulator on the unit when, the lines in and under the coach, were ALREADY regulated. So, I simply "Teed" in to one. From that Tee, I had a small, 3.5' hose made and the female quick release fitting on the other end.

I secured that short 3.5' hose under the coach and also secured that female fitting, very close to the edge of the body, under the coach. I procured a nice cap for it to keep road debris etc. out of it.

Now, if and when we want a propane campfire, I break out that "Camp Chef" fire ring and unwind the 50' hose. With that long of a hose, we not only get the fire away from the coach and other potential hazards but, we can get more folks around the pit. And, running that fire pit at full blast, has absolutely ZERO effect on the fridge's flame for cooling.

The regulators on the coach tank are designed for multiple propane powered components. So, running that propane fire ring and, a fridge is no task for that factory regulator. It cost me a few bucks to have that system all set up the way I did but, I'd do it again in a heartbeat due to the fact that like stated earlier, no need to carry extra propane and, I've got plenty of choice in where I want that fire ring.
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Be extremely cautious when adding quick disconnects to a propane system. Make sure they are propane rated and test them for leaks often! If you want to ask why I can give you my buddy's phone number. Just be sure to talk into his ear that is on the unburned side of his face!
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Propane quick disconnects

I think RV code requires a special propane quick disconnect. I had one on my last TT.

The disconnect has an integrated valve and locking device. Opening the valve locks the extension hose fitting into the RV side fitting. You cannot remove the extension hose fitting until the valve is closed again. The extension hose remote end had a similar valve/lock for attaching to the propane appliance.

This code requirement may have something to do with the previous poster's friend who now has only one ear.
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Thanks all I will take a picture tommorow
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