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Old 02-12-2006, 11:10 AM   #1
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Talking Remove all Propane items...and replace with all electric

any thoughts..

i would like to pull all gas equipment and replace with all electric equipment...stove top...heater...fridge...hot water heater...

your thoughts are greatly appreciated...and any items you could point me to would be appreciated...as well...

30 year old lines tank and open flame...my wife and i fast asleep and not waking up....i always look at the worst and do what i can to prevent that...

thanks

lee

also any items removed would be available for pickup in central florida to forums members
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Old 02-12-2006, 11:43 AM   #2
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Wow, if it worries you that much then I don't think there is anything anyone can say to change your mind. All the appliances can be checked by trained service people. The lines can be inspected an pressure tested. There are also gas detectors which work similar to smoke detectors.
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Old 02-12-2006, 11:49 AM   #3
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any thoughts..

i would like to pull all gas equipment and replace with all electric equipment...stove top...heater...fridge...hot water heater...

your thoughts are greatly appreciated...and any items you could point me to would be appreciated...as well...

30 year old lines tank and open flame...my wife and i fast asleep and not waking up....i always look at the worst and do what i can to prevent that...
It shouldn't be a problem but I guess you can forget about boondocking and you may limit your resale for someone who might need or want that ability.
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Old 02-12-2006, 01:10 PM   #4
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Lee, Lee, Lee...(sigh)

You will no longer be able to "strive endlessly to stir the venturesome spirit that moves you follow the rainbow to its end... and thus make your travel dreams come true." Instead, you will be tethered like a dog on a short chain only as free as the length of your 120 volts AC umbilical, a denizen of crowded parks with other 120 volt junkies. You will be unable to visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and myriad othe National and State Parks in some of the most beautiful places in our great Nation. What would Wally say?

Besides, how many Airstreamers have ever died in their sleep from inhaling propane. The WBCCI membership roster is living proof that old Airstreamers never die.

Snap out of it, Lee! Wake up and smell the propane. You have just as great a chance of your wife dropping a 120 volt hair dryer in the bath tub while you are taking a bath as you do taking that eternal propane induced nap you fear.

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Old 02-12-2006, 02:10 PM   #5
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Gotta have a backup

Just thought, but the propane comsumers in the nearly 40 year old GT still work. Never had a problem with any leaks inside the coach.
If the idea of an untimely death by propane is a great concern close the valve at the tank.
You may find yourself way behind schedule, traffic, weather, breakdown, having to pull into a county park or even a Wal-Mart with no AC. You won't have to end up cold, or hungry with the stove hot and the furnace warm.
Been there, done that.
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Old 02-12-2006, 02:27 PM   #6
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Being careful!

If you're very, very careful, nothing will happen to you,-------good or bad!

A ship is very safe in the harbor-------but that's not why they built the ship!

Some caution is good, but you and your wife are going way overboard.

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Old 02-12-2006, 03:06 PM   #7
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Lee,

I think you are overly paranoid. Have your LP lines and appliances checked by a qualifled service tech. Then install a couple of propane detectors at or near the floor of your TT. They are very sensitive and will warn you of any leak. Plus, the odorant in the LP is strong enough to wake the dead if it is leaking!

Also, the economics and logistics involved in converting your trailer to an all electric coach are huge, with major battery banks, inverters, generators, etc.

Just get your propane system certified and sleep well at night under the stars without another soul in sight. That's the true spirit of Airstreaming.
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Old 02-12-2006, 03:38 PM   #8
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Sell the trailer. Stay home. Lock the door. Get a gun. Order in. Get a gas mask.
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Old 02-12-2006, 06:56 PM   #9
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Smile Don't give up! Propane is a good thing!

Lee, seriously as a 4th generation professional worrier and mother I feel ya on this, when I'm hearing the h/w heater flame come on, the univolt buzz, etc. I can follow that scary train of thought for a bit... you know but you can think of good things to balance that out, what fun you have camping, how great your campsite is? How good those biscuits taste coming out of that propane oven...hmmmm
But I gotta say that it gives me peace of mind to know that the stuff is inspected and maintained. Perhaps it will put your mind at ease to have the furnace, stove, h/w heater, fridge professionally inspected/maintained?
Whatever decision you make is the right one for you! Good luck!
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Old 02-12-2006, 07:37 PM   #10
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I once saw a travel trailer with the gas bottles removed and a generator mounted in their place. I guess they decided to go total electric.
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GREAT!! Then you either have to carry around a gasoline tank (not the safest fuel out there) or you still need propane to fuel the generator. Just stick with the LP appliances and heve them properly inspected and maintained!
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Old 02-15-2006, 01:36 AM   #12
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I agree with the majority here. 80% of the propane lines are outside the trailer first thing. So any leak that MAY happen will most likely be outside. Second have the appliances thoroughly checked out by a certified tech. Third, get a propane detector.

IF you really want to switch out all of the propane appliances for electric go for it but, it will reduce the resale value and limit your choice of camping spots.

Chris

PS - switching out the old lines for new will cost less than replacing the appliances.
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Old 02-15-2006, 06:13 AM   #13
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Also - Just a thought -

I don't know where you store your Bauxite Beauty, but in a disaster (power lines down) you can use her as an emergency shelter. Propane will give you heat and cooking ability and refrigeration. No power lines, no electricity unless you buy a generator.

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Old 02-15-2006, 08:59 AM   #14
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I don't always catch everything on the threads so forgive me if this has been said, but here goes. When I sometimes don't have enough amps to run my A/C on a hot summer day due to a borderline power capacity at the RV Park, how can you get along cooking, heating water, running the fridge, and the A/C?

That being said, the first time I ever camped in anything other than a tent I borrowed a pickup camper from a friend. When I tried to light the water heater I had a minor explosion that scared the daylights out of me. The tank was leaking and when I lit the match to light the water heater adjacent to the propane bottle--BOOM!

Just be cautious, safety conscious, keep everything maintained, and enjoy your Airstream the way it was built.

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