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Old 08-07-2008, 08:02 PM   #1
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Caravel Copper Tube Size?

Folks,
I have a 1966 Caravel, and I need to replace a section of the copper propane line. This would be the first section of copper tube that leads under the frame member, beneath the propane tanks.
Can anyone tell me if this is 1/2 inch copper tube or 5/8 inch copper tube? My trailer is 150 miles from where I live, and I would like to go prepared with a length of soft copper and the necessary nuts to make the repairs.
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Old 08-07-2008, 10:50 PM   #2
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Folks,
I have a 1966 Caravel, and I need to replace a section of the copper propane line. This would be the first section of copper tube that leads under the frame member, beneath the propane tanks.
Can anyone tell me if this is 1/2 inch copper tube or 5/8 inch copper tube? My trailer is 150 miles from where I live, and I would like to go prepared with a length of soft copper and the necessary nuts to make the repairs.
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It could be either, and I would bring both sizes (much cheaper than a second trip). Just be sure that it is LP rated I beleive that's type J or K) and not just for water service (different alloys). You will also need a flair tool that will make double flairs, and I would get forged flair nuts, as they are far stronger than the regular ones and they do crack.

Good luck!
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Lew, I just pulled the propane lines off of my 1966 Safari and there were no double flanges. The only time I have seen double flanges were on steel brake lines. My main line was 1/2 inch with 3/8th going to the appliances.

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I just did some work on our '66 Trade Wind. The main propane line half way back is 1/2". After that it's 3/8 which is all the appliance feeder lines.
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Lew, I just pulled the propane lines off of my 1966 Safari and there were no double flanges. The only time I have seen double flanges were on steel brake lines. My main line was 1/2 inch with 3/8th going to the appliances.

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Right! But it's now code. I don't know how it applies to restoration of older LP equipment, but I would surely do it from a safety standpoint and piece-of-mind.
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