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Old 07-20-2011, 01:40 PM   #1
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Can I change my own LP gas regulator?

Or should I have it done by an RV tech?

Guy at the parts store (I know, not the best source for quality information) says that you just unscrew the old one and screw in the new one.

Nothing on an AS is ever that easy, or is it?
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:46 PM   #2
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Short answer: Yes. It's a pretty easy job. Get some pipe tape.

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It's not difficult if you've done much plumbing.

You do need to use either a good quality paste thread compound like Rectorseal #5 or a tape dope that is rated specifically for propane. The propane gas causes the plastic to deteriorate in the plain white tape dope that is sold for water piping.

Check for leaks with bubble solution when you're done. The stuff in the toy aisle is cheaper than the stuff in the plumbing dept. and works the same.

In general you should probably replace the pigtails at the same time since the rubber hoses deteriorate. If there is a rubber hose from the regulator to the trailer piping you might want to replace that too.
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Go for it, if I can do it,its got to be easy. Definitely replace the pigtails, and like jammer said from the regulator to trailer. The latter can be a little harder to find, Mr. Heater has a big selection of hoses, so look there to find the length which is appropriate.
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I think that you could handle the job quite easily. SuEllyn recently replaced both the flex lines from the tanks to the regulator without any problems. She used a thread sealant from a tube made to seal gas lines.

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Wow, thanks for the votes, you all agree! It's anonymous! Erm, no, unanimous, that is.

Off I go to get one.
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Wow, thanks for the votes, you all agree! It's anonymous! Erm, no, unanimous, that is.

Off I go to get one.
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PS as others have said, not hard to do at all, just be sure and leak test. I recently had to replace the main propane line under the tongue of our trailer, I found it was squished almost completely flat. It was still working, and probably was like that when we bought the trailer - I only noticed it when I was installing a Hensley hitch. Looked like someone put a jack under it.
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If you are replacing the hoses, you might go for some extra long ones. Picture an overturned 5 gallon bucket with a bathroom scale on top right by the trailer tongue. Get hoses long enough so the tank can be weighed without disconnecting them.
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This is how I did it.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f287...ego-40056.html
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It's simple. I've changed them on both trailers. The most recent one came from PPL, see LP Gas Automatic Changeover Valves on Sale - PPL Motor Homes.

They also list a remote changeover indicator just below the regulator. I installed one of them at the same time and it works great. Here's a link to details at Tweety's (Marshall Brass Remote Changeover Indicator). PPL doesn't have a link to that product. I've never dealt with Tweety's, but have heard good things here on the forums. I have had great experiences with PPL. Installation is simple, you simply remove the cap on the top of the changeover regulator, the one that clearly says "Do Not Remove", and snap on the sender portion. Route the wires inside and mount the box with the LED and you're done. When the units switches to the backup tank and the visual indicator on top of the regulator changes from green to red, the LED on the box inside starts to flash.

My bottles don't have senders for the level indicators in the control panel, so those do me no good at all. Plus, I would have to go check them. This system works automatically.
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Hey, thanks again you guys!

I like the idea of the indicator for the tank switchover, Vern. Where did you put the indicator?

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Teflon Pipe Dope And Windex

Aage,
Is everybody else has stated, it's a pretty simple job. Just get some teflon pipe dope (mentioned in another post). Once the job is complete I would run all the LP appliances for a little then turn them all off and leave the LP tanks open. Then take Windex or a soapy water solution and spray it on any fittings you may have put a wrench to. If there is a leak you'll see bubbles. Tighten as necessary and repeat the bubble test.
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Yes...you most definately can! Use the appropriate thread sealing tape or compound and check for leaks! These are only Airstreams...not rocket ships!
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