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Old 01-02-2014, 12:31 PM   #43
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On the Pleasure Way that I saw you could see the tank and fittings by just getting down on one knee and looking in behind the rear tires. I believe legally the shut off would have to be at the tank before any regulators. Also the Pleasure Way had the fill and over fill valve located remotely at the left rear corner under the bumper, a great place to put a quick disconnect.
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Also the Pleasure Way had the fill and over fill valve located remotely at the left rear corner under the bumper, a great place to put a quick disconnect.
Since the Airstream Interstate has the fill valve, overfill valve, low-pressure port, and solenoid switch in a chintzy little box right behind the right rear wheelwell, just under the right rear bumper would be an excellent place to put a quick-disconnect for a high-pressure port.
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Since the Airstream Interstate has the fill valve, overfill valve, low-pressure port, and solenoid switch in a chintzy little box right behind the right rear wheelwell, just under the right rear bumper would be an excellent place to put a quick-disconnect for a high-pressure port.
May I rant? Why do they put that stuff so low in that stupid box?! If you back up into a parking space so that the rear end hangs over the back parking bumper or curb, you will hit the box and crack the box.

Yep..we've already done that. I was standing outside on the driver side, guiding husband into parking space at night. Couldn't see the box on the other side and completely forgot it was there hanging so freakin' low, and it hit the curb and cracked. Gonna try epoxy to patch it back together.

Really, why make that the lowest clearance point on the vehicle? I'm sure we're not the only ones that've done this.
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@weirdstuff...I can join in that rant. Did not see it at all during first walkthru...until Tech pointed it out. I guess I was busy drooling..... My first reaction was not good...ladies present at the time... It almost appears to be an afterthought. One of those "Oh crap...we forgot the LP box." and it got stuck there. Could be a physical requirement, or limitation, but until it stops raining here I cannot go look. Would not matter anyway so I will most likely forget it. Unless I also back into it some day!!!
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@weirdstuff...I can join in that rant. Did not see it at all during first walkthru...until Tech pointed it out. I guess I was busy drooling..... My first reaction was not good...ladies present at the time... It almost appears to be an afterthought. One of those "Oh crap...we forgot the LP box." and it got stuck there. Could be a physical requirement, or limitation, but until it stops raining here I cannot go look. Would not matter anyway so I will most likely forget it. Unless I also back into it some day!!!
Maybe attach an old-fashioned "catfish whisker" curb feeler, like some folks once used to avoid scratching their whitewalls on the curb. Except that this one would be attached to the box— pointing backwards and slightly down— so that you'd hear it scrape before the box could scrape.
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May I rant? Why do they put that stuff so low in that stupid box?! If you back up into a parking space so that the rear end hangs over the back parking bumper or curb, you will hit the box and crack the box.

Yep..we've already done that. I was standing outside on the driver side, guiding husband into parking space at night. Couldn't see the box on the other side and completely forgot it was there hanging so freakin' low, and it hit the curb and cracked. Gonna try epoxy to patch it back together.

Really, why make that the lowest clearance point on the vehicle? I'm sure we're not the only ones that've done this.
While I agree w/ you and almost scraped it off once myself backing in to a parking space at nite, not sure where else they could put it. Not inside obviously and doubt it would be safe to put any where in the rear due to safety considerations if you get rear-ended. If there are no DOT restrictions, maybe on the street side like the black/gray water hose compartment.
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@protagonist. That is an excellant idea! Now if I can find one......
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@protagonist. That is an excellant idea! Now if I can find one......
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@protagonist. That is an excellant idea! Now if I can find one......
Amazon has them.
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Hooking up the filling hose is no fun either in this position.
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From a safety viewpoint the propane fill and attachments should be at the lowest possible point on the vehicle. Propane vapor sinks to the lowest possible point where it would accumulate. Not convienient in its current location but anywhere else and vapors could collect and then if there is a source of ignition......
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From a safety viewpoint the propane fill and attachments should be at the lowest possible point on the vehicle. Propane vapor sinks to the lowest possible point where it would accumulate. Not convienient in its current location but anywhere else and vapors could collect and then if there is a source of ignition......
Actually not quite so. As long as the propane plumbing (tank, fill valve, etc.) is all below the floor of the van, there is no enclosed space for propane to collect in the event of a leak. Interstates have no belly pan, unlike the trailers; it's all just open below floor level. The present mounting location is a good 8-10 inches below the van floor. One inch below the van floor would be every bit as safe, and easier to reach.
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Camping World sells a stainless steel stove designed for hookup to the low pressure outlet on the A$. You can go online and find a braided stainless steel gas hose in many different lengths. The outlet on our 20' Flying Cloud is at the front of the trailer on the drivers side. The hose that comes with the stove is short and requires you to use the stove right next to the propane tanks. Not a good idea in my book. I found a 12' hose online that will reach under the trailer and I set the stove up under the awning near the side door. The stove has a separate bracket that can be used as a base to set the stove up off the ground or be mounted to the side of the trailer with an optional rail attachment.


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I have been carrying two of the little green bottles that I have wrapped in Armaflex pipe insulation and I store them with the big propane bottles. I suppose that means if there is ever an explosion, it will only come from one place. I have the green bottles because I could not figure out how to make the propane outlet on the front drivers side work, given that the supplied hose is just long enough to provide a nice source of combustion right under the existing main tanks. I have been to several propane shops and none of them were any help in providing what you have described as the correct fix. Thanks. I was in Camping World last week in St Augustine and could not find the appropriate hose, but being a male, I didn't ask anybody. Takes a long time to get smarter. Jim
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Jim, not sure precisely what you need but the RVUpgrades.com website has a lot of useful bits and pieces. Here is a link to their LP adapters web page:
LP Adapters, Propane Tank Fittings & Propane Tank Accessories
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