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Old 07-10-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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Connecting gas range

I've scored my new Seaward range and am going to install it this weekend. I can do flexible copper with a flared fitting as the old range was, but I'm wondering if there is some kind flexible gas appliance hose that is okay to use in an RV- it would make the install a little simpler. Thanks
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:43 AM   #2
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I am sure that you could use one of those yellow flex gas lines but the issue, as I understand it, is that you want all connections to be outside of the trailer. In case there is a leak, it will dissipate on the exterior as opposed to filling the trailer.

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Old 07-11-2013, 07:58 AM   #3
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Isn't the last connection made right at the stove? That would shoot a hole in your hypothesis, as good as it was.
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That would shoot a hole in your hypothesis, as good as it was.
Not really. If you trace all of the propane lines, you'll probably find that there are no joints inside the Airstream; every "T" or joint is outside. The only connection inside is right at the appliance, and from the appliance to the floor penetration is all one piece of tubing.
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The flexible yellow gas lines are not made for the vibration of a trailer and are not approved or legal in them. They are for occasional movement of an appliance in a home situation.
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How do they account for the movement in the propane line on boats when the range is in a gimballed setup? I believe that they use a flexible hose.
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How do they account for the movement in the propane line on boats when the range is in a gimballed setup? I believe that they use a flexible hose.
American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards are not quite the same as Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) standards.
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How do they account for the movement in the propane line on boats when the range is in a gimballed setup? I believe that they use a flexible hose.
Yup, it is LP rated hose not hard pipe.
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Isn't the last connection made right at the stove? That would shoot a hole in your hypothesis, as good as it was.
My point was simply to minimize any connections inside of the trailer. Of course there will be a connection at the appliance. Just make sure it is damn good... And have an LP gas alarm.
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After I posted this, I looked online and found that the only way was to use copper and flare fittings.. the only way that I could find. So, that's what I did, got to use my flare-maker, tested the heck out of it. There are three connections, two at the valve and one at the range. Now I'm wondering if I should have put the valve under the coach and just had a straight shot to the range?
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Where did you put the valve? Inside the living space? That is a no no. All valves should be under the trailer on the exterior. From what I understand, it is just a safety issue.
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Ah, okay. In residences, we have to put the shut off near the range, and I did that with this, accessible under the sink. The previous setup had the same connections, a reducer from half to 3/8" and then into the range, but the old range had the valve under the cooktop.
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Ah, okay. In residences, we have to put the shut off near the range, and I did that with this, accessible under the sink. The previous setup had the same connections, a reducer from half to 3/8" and then into the range, but the old range had the valve under the cooktop.
The shutoff is at the propane tanks. Why add another? Years ago I added a water heater to my tent trailer. I "T-eed" off of the existing propane line under the trailer and ran a flexible copper tube to the heater. I used flair fitting everywhere and the old flaring tool that my grandfather left me worked like a champ. I found that "flexible" copper isn't really all that flexible. You have to be very careful with this stuff. You can only bend it so many times.
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I added a valve under the trailer to each appliance so that I can troubleshoot any future leaks by just running gas to each appliance seperately.
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