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Old 02-13-2013, 07:30 AM   #1
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Propane lines

I have a 66 safari.when removing the bottom skin,I found the propane line from the front to the middle of the coach was on the outside of the this correct,or should the lines be between the frame and the skin.

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Old 02-13-2013, 07:54 AM   #2
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Those line should be outside the structure. All joints too....that is to the light, stove and heaters. This avoids a gas build up bomb if there is a leak.

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Old 02-13-2013, 07:56 AM   #3
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Hi Greg,

The lines are normally routed under the coach. While this seems somewhat contrary, it is a safety issue. In the event of a propane leak vapors could build up in the enclosed space if the line was enclosed.

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Old 02-13-2013, 02:06 PM   #4
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Yes even the latest models of Airstreams have the propane lines ran outside of the belly pan. Make sure you leak test, you may find that the shutoff valves are now leaking due to age. Get a bottle of dish soap and coat every fitting and connector and looks for leaks.

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Old 03-01-2013, 12:20 AM   #5
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I also own a 66 and thought the same thing you did, why are these lines under here ? So yes, that is normal. I still think its odd to put pipes full of flammable gas exposed on the underside, where rocks and other off road debris or trail ruts could destroy them. I guess theres nowhere else to hide them out of sight without fumes building to explosive levels.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:17 AM   #6
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You'll find that some folks have actually put plastic/rubber hosing over their copper lines as an added source of protection from rocks, etc....since they are on the outside and could conceivably get some unwanted damage. I plan on doing this myself in the next few weeks.

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