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Old 05-05-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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Quick connect extra propane fitting

Why is everything so hard!
I have a 2012 Sport with the auxiliary quick connect propane valve on the a frame for adding a barbecue, I suppose.

I bought a trifuel Yamaha generator to run on propane for dry camping. I ordered the extra hardware for hooking it up but the quick connect fitting are too large, 1/2" I think.

So after searching these forum, and online extensively I tried Home Depot then Camping World. At CW I bought the male end for a 1/4" fitting. When I get home and try it, it is the correct diameter, but too long to push in far enough to lock. The threaded end is also too small for my hose, of course, but I thought I would search for that adapter later. And it was the only size carried in my CW store.

Back to google. Every male end I found had comments by someone that they had the same problem, whether using it for propane or a barbecue.

This is a fairly new trailer. Does Airstream put things on it that no one can use??? Has anyone found the correct fitting for this?

Any help would be appreciated. I would like to avoid ordering a bunch of parts online by trial and error if possible.

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Old 05-05-2013, 10:15 PM   #2
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some possibilities

I found a lot of parts on Tejas Smokers website. Now I am wondering if I should try to swap out the AS 1/4" valve socket for one of TSs 3/8" valve socket. I checked the hose coming from it to the trailer and it looks to be at least 3/8". The hardware and hose I got from USCarb is 3/8" also, so that would be a better match. I don't know how the screw-in sides of the couplers are or what adapter I might need yet. I will probably remove the one on my AS to get a better idea before I order anything. Of course that will let a lot of air into my hose system.
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I saw your question on the Yammy tri-fuel thread.

Didn't respond cuz I'm not familiar with the factory connection.

Your decision to change out the OEM fixture seems workable.

I would remove the factory fitting to make sure of what you need...US Carb may be able to help.

The hose and fittings have made set-up much easier for us. Excellent quality.

I find that starting on LPG is made a lot easier by purging before every start-up, easy/quick to do by pressing in the diaphragm on the back side of the low pressure regulator, you will feel a slight back pressure when all the air is purged.

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Most hardware stores don't sell quick connects that work on propane. You need to go to a propane dealer. You will find that there are numerous connectors and you probably need to take your fitting to them to make sure you get the right connector.
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Just curious if you received the Airstream short propane connection hose with the new trailer? One end has the male fitting for the connection on the front of the trailer.
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Perfect!

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Just curious if you received the Airstream short propane connection hose with the new trailer? One end has the male fitting for the connection on the front of the trailer.
You are a genius! Probably been a year since I looked in that "starter kit". I didn't even realize that was there. A 5' long, 1/4" hose with the proper quick connect male end on it. It fits perfectly. It also has an adapter, probably for the propane bottle. But I had to go with the one USCarb sent, which fits the regulator on the generator.

So I am good to go, for testing anyway. When the rain lets up I will see if the 1/4" line is sufficient to run the generator. If not I will see if I can find the fittings to swap the 1/4" quick connect for a 3/8" one.
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The 1/4" should be fine...note my emergency shut of switch. Surgical tubing.

Not really..it's very flexible to prevent kinks that would hinder flow, used it for carb supply also, very cramped inside.
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The 1/4" should be fine...note my emergency shut of switch. Surgical tubing.

Not really..it's very flexible to prevent kinks that would hinder flow, used it for carb supply also, very cramped inside.
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Thats encouraging. Thanks.

Nice idea on the tubing. I have so many do-it-yourself projects and repairs going I opted to pay the extra and let them do the mod for me. Also, the 2400 is on the large side, so there seems to be plenty of internal room. Although I haven't removed the panels to check.

BTW they didn't send me any "teflon paste" and I can't anything at home depot like that. What did you use for your permanent connections? They said not to use tape because it could get into the carburetor.
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Use the yellow thread seal tape(thicker), start it a few threads from the end of the fitting so there's no chance of any getting into the hose.

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I can't tell from the above discussion whether or not a standard propane 1/4" male quick-connect will work with the auxiliary quick-connect female that comes on newer Airstreams. Does anyone know the answer? Is a "special" male quick-connect required?
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I can't tell from the above discussion whether or not a standard propane 1/4" male quick-connect will work with the auxiliary quick-connect female that comes on newer Airstreams. Does anyone know the answer? Is a "special" male quick-connect required?
I could not get a "standard" one to fit. It was very close, but no amount of shoving would make it work. Only when I found the one that came with the AS could I connect. It was just slightly shorter, so must be proprietory I guess.
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You are a genius! Probably been a year since I looked in that "starter kit". I didn't even realize that was there. A 5' long, 1/4" hose with the proper quick connect male end on it. It fits perfectly. It also has an adapter, probably for the propane bottle. But I had to go with the one USCarb sent, which fits the regulator on the generator.

So I am good to go, for testing anyway. When the rain lets up I will see if the 1/4" line is sufficient to run the generator. If not I will see if I can find the fittings to swap the 1/4" quick connect for a 3/8" one.
Sorry to revive an old thread but I am going through this same procedure but with a Yamaha 3000 generator. From what I read on the Genconnex website, I will need at least 3/8" hose. I was looking for a 1/4" male to 3/8" female quick connect hose but I'm afraid the OEM 1/4" quick connect at the AS may starve my generator.

I also checked for hoses with US Carburetion but didn't see anything on their website.

Anyone else run a 3000 watt generator or larger using the 1/4" LPG quick connect or has anyone found a hose with the proper 3/8 to 1/4 quick connectors already built in?
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Anyone else run a 3000 watt generator or larger using the 1/4" LPG quick connect or has anyone found a hose with the proper 3/8 to 1/4 quick connectors already built in?
Have you tried Amazon? This is not exactly want you want, but it works for our Yamaha 1000 tri-fuel from US Carb (after installing the bushing they supplied at the gen, plus the short hose which came with our new FC20):

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Sorry, I am on the road right now, and can't check the trailer or generator.

See these threads also for possible leads:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...ay-150492.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...0i-120706.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...se-153363.html

Maybe the US Carb bushing at your gen, plus the Airstream short hose which came with your 19' (?), would permit the use of the hose from Amazon linked above? We use two of them connected to put the gen at the back of the trailer, where it is often the quietest for campground neighbors.

Good luck!

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You need these.... order from Amazon (I couldn't figure out how to post links):

1) Camco 59903 Propane Quick-Connect Fitting - 1/4" NPT x Full Flow Male Plug
2) Camco 57282 10' Propane Quick-Connect Hose
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