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Old 08-12-2005, 05:14 PM   #1
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Tapping propane

I posed this question on another board earlier today. It was probably the wrong place. Forgive me, I'm relatively new at this and I'm still euphoric at earning my second rivit.


Anyway, would anyone have any suggestions of what would be the best way of tapping off of the propane tanks on my Bambi to run an outside barbecue, lights, etc., so i wouldn't have to carry an extra cylinder? Is there a way, or a device, to do it without splicing into the copper line?

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Old 08-12-2005, 05:24 PM   #2
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Old 08-13-2005, 07:15 AM   #3
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Thanks, Porky. The Extend-a-Flow Plus should work out just fine.
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That looks cool. How does it work? I'm still considering one of those propane campfires, and it would be great to tap off the trailer's tanks to run it.
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That looks cool. How does it work? I'm still considering one of those propane campfires, and it would be great to tap off the trailer's tanks to run it.
The Firedancer campfire is neat but... the attached propane hose is about 8 feet long. SO.... your fire would have to be pretty close to your trailer. It might be simpler just to get a smaller dedicated bottle for the fire or.... take a tank off your trailer to run the fire.
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Can't you add a longer hose to the firedancer, or replace the hose that's on it? Dragging a tank around would be..well, a drag
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I'm sure you could extend the hose - but replacing might be dicey... I think the simplest thing is to take a bottle off your trailer..... If you start with full tanks - you can have a lot of fires before you are propane-less.
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extend a flow

FWIW, I purchased the extend a flow and have found that it reduces the pressure of the gas and the refrigerator refuses to work on gas. This is only true when the regulator is turned to the bottle with the extend a flow installed.

Talk about frustrating and difficult to find. We had a regulator (original with trailer) that delivered about 9 inches of pressure and nothing worked then when we replaced the regulator with one that delivered the 11 inches required the refrigerator worked fine. The extend a flow must just reduce the pressur only that little amount for the fridge not to work.

This was our experience.

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Congrats on your second rivit! I took a line off my propane tank on my motorhome for a BBQ and it works great. None of my outdoor storage cupboards were anywhere near big enough for a 20 pounder so I had no other choice. My fridge, furnace, hot water and stove all work the same. Being careful, taking your time and using the proper hardware are important components when working with propane. Good luck!
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If one had two propane tanks, as do most, if not all Airstreams, simply disconnect the inactive tank and hook up your appliance. The regulator will draw from the only tank hooked to it. You just won't have a backup if you run out on the active tank, as you would with both tanks connected. If you have the older brass connections they do make a female brass "plug" to keep dirt and debris out of the disconnected line.
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