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Old 06-08-2004, 08:19 AM   #15
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Having propane in it didn't hurt it, you can touch it. I haven't priced it lately but I think you could buy all new for something like $50. To get rid of it you could take it to a metal scrap yard, they would give you something for it. Why aren't you going to reuse it?
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Old 06-08-2004, 08:57 AM   #16
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I am very paranoid about gas appliances and from the very beginning of my relationship with my trailer intended on replacing the major gas appliances. I have since put in a new water heater (with electric feature), removed the old furnace (not a priority right now for me in Florida) and have tested and retested the oven, 4 burner stove, catalytic heater and gas lamp. They are very simple.

As for the gas lines. They are all exposed to the exterior, except for the obvious entry in to the trailer at the various locations. My copper tubing is not dented at all and I will feel confident in reusing it. I have purchased a $39 electronic gas sniffer from CW which did acutally find a leak that the conventional liquid testers missed. I have since fixed that leak and tested the entire run of piping, especially the joints and installed new shut off valves where necessary.

I am now totally confident in the reuse of my copper tubing. Not paranoia free, but kinda close.
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I am SO sensitive to propane- way out there on the end of the bell curve- That the residual smell- molecules of propane that have permeated the copper, means I can't get near it. My reaction are so extreme- anaphylactic shock, seizures, etc. That why it's not worth me using them. I thought someone else could use them for their trailer. Ditto for anything propane/gas/diesel. The frige, gas stove,heaters etc have to go. Yes, my lifestyle is exceedingly difficult to lead, the alternative is being dead.
If it's that cheap, my son will create interesting garden sculptures out of it. He's extremely clever at that sort of thing, and he can sell them, or I can give them to friends. My husband obviously overinflated it's value. He thought all the jointures would be valuable to another Airstreamer. Thanks, silver suz
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Being all electric is reassuring to me, since the day I was a little girl and left the gas on in the oven and my mother had her facial hair blown off in the explosion. :0 Scary! However that has nothing to do with my chemical sensitivities. Just one of the upsides of my illness! Suz
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Old 06-08-2004, 10:44 AM   #19
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Well you have good reasons. If there is someone local that needs new tubing I'm sure it would be a help to them to have yours. Also I haven't bought new yet so I might be off on the price. I took my old belly panels (aluminum) to a scrap yard and it was about $10 worth, I gave it to the workmen. Copper and brass would be worth a little more per pound.
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I think my husband had value added as these have all the Airstream valves etc to attach them to the LP stuff- it's not the tubing so much as the valves, corners and whatevers.
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I thought LP Gas went Whhammmmummmmppppp not KkaaAAABOooOM. On the serious side copper tubing is extremely hard to reuse or salvage. When it freezes it swells and does not contract when it thaws, and being on the outside of the A/S it is apt to freeze quite often when in colder climates. The freezing point of Propane is minus 187.7 Celsius, of Butane minus 138.4 Celsius, so as long as you have the lines charged it shouldn't present a problem, but who hasn't let their tanks go empty at one time or other, you can't guarantee the lines haven't froze and therefor should be replaced if in question. I wadded mine up into a little ball, valves and all when I started my floor replacement project. Piece of mind and safety take precedent over the wallet in a situation like this.
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Make sure that when you replace the copper, you don't use common hardware store water pipe - its needs to be (I'm doing this from memory - so you need to check) schedule k

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Ahhh-So old copper tubing transforms into garden sculptures! suz
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