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Old 04-27-2012, 12:17 PM   #15
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I've heard that you should use flare fittings on gas lines. Not compression. Don't know how true that is.
Compression fittings for LPG lines is an absolute NO NO NO.

They are ok for water and air but not anything flameable.

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Some clarification. Typically we think of compression fittings as a ferrel ring type, but there are two common compression fitting types. For gas applications you want to use flare fittings (Type-B/Manipulative). The other kind uses a ferrule to swedge the connection when tightened. This is a standard compression fitting (Type-A/Non-Manipulative).
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:44 PM   #17
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I've heard that you should use flare fittings on gas lines. Not compression. Don't know how true that is.
I bet the PO would have used some PEX,,, !!! for the gas line.. Its all outside,, so will not be real bad other than the wallet if it leaks a little. Will soap it all up when done to make sure its tight..

I happen to have a flare tool so will go that direction..

Have not forgotten about the rally,, main reason I'm looking at when I can pull my AS from the back yard..

From the forecast its looking like it will be too wet to farm?

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Old 04-27-2012, 04:57 PM   #18
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As for the gas line (for the water heater) clearance looping (hugs the axle) under the axle I see no problem as the new axles raised my coach 3 to 4 inches. Enough to have to adjust my hitch up a little.

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Old 04-27-2012, 07:30 PM   #19
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If I can gain 3" of ride height when the new axles are installed I will run around my yard naked.. I know an Airstream is not a true off road er but we do live on a dirt road and over 8 miles to a black top.. That and I have a few camp spots in the high country of Colo I would like to go set up camp for a week or so later this summer. As she sits now I would not even think if it,, a true low rider..

Will use my flare tool if I end up having to cut the propane line and do it right.. At $4 a gallon for propane on the road or even more I sure don't want to be attracting all the bee's in a 20 mile area.. Don't understand why a propane leak draws honey bee's but when our house propane tank had a little valve leak we had to keep the grand kids away from that part of the yard,,, a few days later I smelled the leak and fixed it and the bee's went away,..

Thanks for the help,, and the hope if seeing 3" more ground clearance.

Now what did I do with them new axles?

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Old 04-27-2012, 08:59 PM   #20
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What was the old axle rating? What is the new?
Mine were 2800# old and are 3000# new.
Looks like I gained at least 3".
If you want more height you could go with larger tires and rims. Say 16"
I think that LT tires are taller than ST tires.
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My old axles were rated at 2800 and I went with the 3200 lb axles.. I think with the newer rubber they use I could have gone with the 3500.. and still ride soft from all the research I did after I ordered the ones I got.

O well,, good reason to keep an eye what the wife loads up.. !

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Just checked under my 1965 Caraval 17' and the bottom is almost touching the axel! Any idea of the cost for a new one?
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FYI,,, got my new axles in,, gas lines and all in under 3 hours.. Did it by myself,, if I had help I could have cut that time in 1/2,,,

I did pre soak the axle bolts with pb blaster a few weeks ahead and that sure helped..

My Overlander now has daylight under it,, and gained almost 4" more clearance. Just totally happy..

As for the gas line I just took it lose from the water heater and arched it back after I pulled the axles.. Now it lays above the axles and has a chunk of rubber hose as a anti ware in case it would rub.. over each axle,,

Also,, the axles I got from Inland Rv fit too the "T"..

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