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Old 02-01-2008, 11:23 AM   #85
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Hi Ken!

I have been putting off installing a propane line for a Catalytic heater. I have the flair fittings, shut off valves, copper line and propane sniffer. All I need is a flair tool, Hank Hill and someone to demystify the flair tool thing. My thought was to tap into the copper fridge line located in the outside fridge compartment.

Small project idea?

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Michael, the performance of the CAT heater will drastically improve once you can get propane to it.

This would also be much easier then managing the Solar System.
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Michael, the performance of the CAT heater will drastically improve once you can get propane to it.
I hope so, cauz I'm freezing now!

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This would also be much easier then managing the Solar System.
No doubt Richard, but is still involves "gas*"

*see this thread

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Hi Ken!

I have been putting off installing a propane line for a Catalytic heater. I have the flair fittings, shut off valves, copper line and propane sniffer. All I need is a flair tool, Hank Hill and someone to demystify the flair tool thing. My thought was to tap into the copper fridge line located in the outside fridge compartment.

Small project idea?

Michael
I can bring one to the Rally. What degree double flair do you need, I have 37 degree and 45 degree. tools
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I can bring one to the Rally. What degree double flair do you need, I have 37 degree and 45 degree. tools
Geez Aerowood, Thanks!

The tee fitting I purchased look to be 45 degrees, but that's just my eyeballs?

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Rodney - please send me your e-mail address and I'll put you on the list - gosh all these NM Airstreams that I didn't know existed.. thats really cool.

Art - I just installed - actually it was Lewster on this forum who jumped in a did it for me - a Cat heater. The only caution I would have is to try to run as minimal propane lines in the trailer as possible - I ran mine from the bottom up - if that makes sense - there are probably two sizes of propane line with your trailer - I would think you would want to come off the large one - ie more gas

Aero - wow now your getting technical - I was going to recomment a double flair too, I had no idea, though, there were different angles - are they both common and how do you know which one you need?

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Aircraft is 37 and commerical is 45, I'm going to use all aircraft because fitting selection is greater and it's alot more user friendly and cost is not that much higher.
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This sounds great and it looks as though the dates are good for us--so we're signing on. We look fwd to some great tips and info. Ours is more of a drastic remodel than a "restoration" but many of the issues (axle replacement) are the same and others (grey tanks above the floor) are not: the exchange of ideas and approaches should be rewarding!

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LOOKS LIKE YOUR GOING TO GET SOME NEW MEMBERS FOR 4CU AND WITH THIS GOOD IDEA OF YOURS.HAVE LOTS OF FUN OR WORK.
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Rodney - please send me your e-mail address and I'll put you on the list - gosh all these NM Airstreams that I didn't know existed.. thats really cool.

Art - I just installed - actually it was Lewster on this forum who jumped in a did it for me - a Cat heater. The only caution I would have is to try to run as minimal propane lines in the trailer as possible - I ran mine from the bottom up - if that makes sense - there are probably two sizes of propane line with your trailer - I would think you would want to come off the large one - ie more gas

Aero - wow now your getting technical - I was going to recomment a double flair too, I had no idea, though, there were different angles - are they both common and how do you know which one you need?

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Ken,

You have double flairs on all of your fittings. It's the only way I install LP lines!!

BTW, I guess the install was good......SINCE YOU"RE STILL AROUND!!!!
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Mike,

Short of spending big bucks on a super-duper double flair tool, and after going thru 3 mid-priced units that did not make perfect doubles, I actually found one that does the job very nicely at (and I hate to say it) Harbor Freight!

The most important thing to look for is a perfect circle when the 2 halves of the tool are mate and locked. Other than that.........the majority of problems are operator error.
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The most important thing to remember is the cut needs to be a perfect 90 degree to the tube and that the cut end is free of any burrs, with polished even better. Seamless tubing is also a must.
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Ok - we are now on a waiting list - at least for now - the response for our first year Vintage Restoration Rally has been incredible -

SO - we are limited by meeting hall space, not camper spaces - so for now please send my your names for the waiting list and I'm going to see if I can figure out a way to accomodate more for our planning of (really great I may add) presentations that we have scheduled.

I want to make this the best most informative get together of vintage trailers ever put on - so let me check into a couple of ideas I have for space - one being right next door - ie Camping World - maybe they have a nice meeting room.

If you of you locals have any ideas, please let me know - Garcia tents?

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Ok back to regular programming........

Ah Aircraft is 37 - when that has to be better.....?

Lewster, my friend, glad you jumped in - Lew is the BEST - I was running around for the balloon fiesta and he jumped in and ended up installing my Cat heater - my plan was to have him help - but I have to admit, I really wasn't any help at all. The Harbour Freight Flair tool did a really beautiful job of making those DOUBLE flairs.

Have a questions for you Aero - we used schedule "L" tube (expensive - yiks) and I know gas calls for "K" - but according to home depot its good for gas - what does anyone know/think?

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