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Old 09-28-2016, 05:30 PM   #1
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Axle replacement Question

My new axles are going to be shipped from Colin this week. I am preparing to do the install shortly after I get them.

The propane line to the water heater runs just beneath both axles. What is the best way to get the old axles out and the new axles in with the propane line situated there?

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Old 09-28-2016, 05:37 PM   #2
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1: Remove the LP line
2: Replace the axles
3: Reinstall the LP line.
I'm not sure if that's what you wanted to know, but that's what you asked.
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Cut the line. Just make sure you get a flared connector, approved for gas, to put it back together. Don't cut directly under the axle but off to one side. This will leave the longer piece of piping as the only side you will have to bend.

If there is enough room above the axle tube you may want to install the pipe above the axle to correct the mistake they made at the factory.
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Cut the line. Just make sure you get a flared connector, approved for gas, to put it back together. Don't cut directly under the axle but off to one side. This will leave the longer piece of piping as the only side you will have to bend.

If there is enough room above the axle tube you may want to install the pipe above the axle to correct the mistake they made at the factory.
He shouldn't have to cut it. There's a connector visible in the photo that probably goes to the water heater. Simply unbolt it there, and follow it forward to the next connection, and unbolt it there. Drill out the rivets holding the retainers to the belly pan, and the LP line will come off.
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I saw the flare joints that I can remove. I did not see those before. Thanks.
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Removing the line at the fitting is the best assuming the fitting do not cause issues.

If something else needs to be done, my recommendation would be to replace the lines assuming you are speaking about the 1974 trailer in your avatar. 42 year old lines may not be as flexible as they once were. And they have been exposed to 42 years of dirt and corrosion which may be an issue as well.

A new line would be flexible and one could rely on a tight connection with new fittings.

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On I cut mine the line then spliced in a tee and ran a new line to the rear. It allowed me to put a lp quick disconnect for my gas fire pit.
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