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Old 02-15-2006, 09:38 AM   #15
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You have to do what you have to do

Lee,

If you have a fear, act on it. If you do not like propane, get rid of it.

I cook, dry clothes and heat water at home with propane, that is the way my wonderful wife wants it. If Momma ain't happy, nobody's happy.

Life is too short to live with somthing you do not feel comfortable with. Make the adjustment, it will not be too difficult.

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Old 02-15-2006, 02:34 PM   #16
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Once again, The Fuel Cell

If the Fuel Cell were available today, it would provide an all electric environment for any recreational vehicle. However the issue remains that something still needs to fuel it. Which could be propane or hydrogen. Until the solid oxide fuel sources are worked out or perfected and made available, a gaseous fuel will still be required to make the thing work. But if you're planning to just hang out at electrified locations only, then an all electric trailer can be yours.
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Old 02-19-2006, 08:13 PM   #17
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Just my 2 cents worth here:

My trailer is a '63 and the copper gas lines are about in the same condition as they where in some 40 years ago. The 43 year old 110v wiring actually worried me more.

My local RV service center will check out the propane system for 1-2 hours of labor (so about $130) total, which is about the price for a used 110v minifridge.

The nice thing about propane, is that its heavy and stinky.
So in the event of a leak, it will stay near the floor if the leak is inside.
The lines should be run under the trailer, so a leak there will just vent away.
If you do get a leak inside, your nose will wake you pretty fast, aslo there are gas dectors that will go off with a dog fart (yes I have a boxer )

The most likey reason to wake up dead when using gas is carbon monoxide, which is the bigger killer in RVs Boats and houses, and scares the hell out of me personally.

I recently "installed" (ie screwed into the wall) a combination fire and carbon monoxide detectore from home depot that ran about $35. Its battery powered and wil allert you before the battery dies, so its seperate from the trailer power.

IMHO you will spend far less by having a pro check out and maintain your gas system than you would in converting everything to electric.
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Old 02-20-2006, 04:54 PM   #18
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The biggest problem you will have is that your trailer is limited to 3600 watts of power.

A furnace would more than consume that much by itself. A water heater will consume another 1500 to 1800 watts. If you ran just some of the electric equipment that you mentioned, you wll not have any power left for any lights.

If propane is that much of a worry, then we would suggest that you forget about RVing, and it's enjoyment.

Propane is very safe, but don't "assume".

Have the system checked out and serfviced by a dealer. Make sure that dealer also tells you the LPG pressure within your Airstream. If they don't know what your talking about, then find another dealer.

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Old 02-20-2006, 06:15 PM   #19
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The biggest problem you will have is that your trailer is limited to 3600 watts of power.

A furnace would more than consume that much by itself. A water heater will consume another 1500 to 1800 watts. If you ran just some of the electric equipment that you mentioned, you wll not have any power left for any lights.

If propane is that much of a worry, then we would suggest that you forget about RVing, and it's enjoyment.

Propane is very safe, but don't "assume".

Have the system checked out and serfviced by a dealer. Make sure that dealer also tells you the LPG pressure within your Airstream. If they don't know what your talking about, then find another dealer.

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Andy,

Good advice but quality service is in no way limited to a 'dealer'. I have spent considerable time and expense to get an RVIA/RVDA Master Tech certification as well as a Florida Propane installers license and several 'factory authorized' service center designations. There are many 'dealers' out there that don't have the certifications and qualifications for their service people that I have simply because they don't have the time or desire to get them, nor do they feel that it's necessary! I have had several poor experiences with dealer techs that led me to get these qualifications and go into the RV service business solely to offer quality service to those interested.

When seeking service, ask questions about the qualifications and experience of the service techs and be certain that the level of service and professionalism is what you are looking for.
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You are absolutely correct.

A dealers reputation is one thing, a techs knowledge and experience, is the long run issue, and preference.

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