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Old 02-17-2019, 04:04 PM   #1
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Propane quick connect

Whew...this is my weekend for plumbing. Our recently bought 2007 Classic has a Propane quick connect fitting which excited me because our International did not have one. So I went to Camping world, bought the proper hose, and my female connection will not lock with the barb.

I tested another barb that I use for my LP generator with the same result. Plus the new hose connects with the generator which eliminates a hose problem in my mind.

The slide collar retracts just fine, but does not extend enough to lock on the barb.

Before I replace the fitting is there a lubricant, or cleaner to try. Airstream must have used locktite because my brief attempt to remove the thing was futile...and I donít want to twist the copper pipe.

Any suggestions?
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I dont believe AS put these ports on 2007s. PO must have added this feature. There are different styles of connectors available in the market. Sounds like you need to do some research to get a new fitting for the AS. Check mcMaster carr website.
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Old 02-17-2019, 04:26 PM   #3
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The female quick disconnect I bought from Camping World was labelled as a low pressure fitting but was a high pressure fitting and would not mate with the hose that came with my grill. I bought a low pressure female disconnect from Amazon and it worked. You are probably up against a similar problem. Sounds like someone put a Camping World fitting on the trailer, or Camping World's hose has a high pressure fitting and your trailer has a low pressure.

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They are very easy to take off and change. I learned the hard way. Mine wasn’t working. Realized the cap was off, and when I took it off there was a little stone in it. Blew it out with the compressor. Good lesson I learned was always put that cap back on

I think I would just order another one from AS parts dealer and put it on instead of wasting my time messing around with finding a hose that would fit it.
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Thanks. I guess thatís what I will do. The thing is just on really tight.
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The difference between the fittings is very subtle. It looks like the barrel of the low pressure fitting is slightly longer, which would match with your problem description.

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Thanks. I guess thatís what I will do. The thing is just on really tight.
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Thanks. I guess that’s what I will do. The thing is just on really tight.
I suggest getting some good vice grips to use on both sides of the connector. That worked for me. Brass tends to get stripped easily. When you put back on make sure and use plumbers tape or something similar on the threads.
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I suggest getting some good vice grips to use on both sides of the connector. That worked for me. Brass tends to get stripped easily. When you put back on make sure and use plumbers tape or something similar on the threads.
Teflon tape for LP fittings is different. It is yellow, comes in a yellow roll, and is more expensive, but a little goes a long way. The white tape is not rated for LP.

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Yup. Spot on with that advice. Yellow Teflon tape is the only kind that works with flammable gases or liquids. The white stuff is for water only!
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Head down to your local hardware store, such as ACE. They stock the variant quick connect fittings, and are packaged in bubble packs which have the profile of the correct mating fitting cut into the cardboard backing. Bring the male fitting that you have and test the fit; you can narrow down the selection by ruling some variants out.
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So...I went back to Camping World, hose in hand and bought a quick connect fitting that fits the hose. Installed on the trailer and hooked up a small one burner cooker. The cooker will light however the flame is too small to be of any use so I donít know how it will work for my Weber 1000 grill. I imagine this has something to do with High vs.Low pressure LP appliances but I donít know how to determine which is which.

Is there a nomenclature, or Industry rating that would say? The Weber works fine on either a one pound LP bottle, or straight into a 20 pound tank without regulator.
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The Weber has it's own built-in regulator. It needs high pressure gas. I bet the outlet on your AS is on low pressure side of the main regulator.
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... I donít know how it will work for my Weber 1000 grill. I imagine this has something to do with High vs.Low pressure LP appliances but I donít know how to determine which is which.

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I used a low pressure conversion kit, which costs about $50, for my Weber Q which now works fine from the Airstream low pressure fixture. You take off the pressure regulator on the grill and install the conversion kit. About a 15 minute job. I would expect that your small stove also has a regulator which is why it didn't work properly on the low pressure fitting.
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