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Old 05-26-2014, 09:24 AM   #1
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New hot water tank line question

Hi everyone,

I've been searching these forums and have been getting a great amount of info from them. But now I have a question that I just can't find the answer to.

I have a 83 Ford Country Squire and this past weekend I fired up the water tank (original pilot light model), and was waiting for it to warm up when we heard a pop and then a hiss and then a flood of water pour out. Needless to say the tank is now dead.

Bought a new Suburban SW6P to replace the nearly 30 year old American tank I had in there. Everything looked great until I went to connect the gas line. My old tank has the gas line in the back of the tank, and the new tank is direct to the "regulator" in the front of the tank.

Here's my question. The existing LP line is about 20 inches too short to reach to the front of the tank, and there's no way I can get in to the compartment to make a new copper line to the front of the new tank without having to completely remove cupboards and closets. Can I just use a rubber LP line and connect it this way? I've read on a few posts on the net that this is acceptable as long as the hose is a properly certified line. I really just want to get a second opinion on this. The line would be located inside the motorhome and not underneath.

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Old 05-26-2014, 09:47 AM   #2
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Approved flex lines for propane in use in every RV with a slide mounted fridge or stove. So I don't think there can be an issue. The only thing that may be an issue would be the location of the inside connection; it should not be in an enclosed area. So any propane leaks at the connection could vent to the outside, of the RV, or flow to an area with a leak detector. You don't want any leak to be able to build up to explosive levels. Proper testing for leaks, working leak detector and your off.
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Old 06-06-2014, 10:33 AM   #3
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Well after running to multiple lp and nat gas shops, none of them would sell me a flex line that was to be used indoors. They all stated that rubber flex lines are only to be used outdoors.

So I purchased a flare tool and 10 feet of copper and after 3 attemps I was able to custom make my new line.

Happy wife and kids and new skill learnt for me. So overall a good day.
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