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Old 11-04-2016, 11:44 AM   #1
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Crushed gas line

We are Airstream newbies and need assistance.
During a recent trip, the sway control/load balancing arms on the A frame of the trailer dislodged and crushed the pipe from the LP tanks. Does anyone know where to get a replacement pipe and how to install it?
We own a 2012 Flying Cloud 25 foot FB twin. The hard gas line was/is run along the bottom right side frame rail from twin LP tanks to some point under the trailer on the right side.
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Old 11-04-2016, 12:46 PM   #2
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Most hardware stores, Lowes, HD should have copper pipe that you can splice in to replace the crushed section or even the whole pipe. This will need to be the type of copper pipe, often called soft copper pipe, that you can flare with the proper tools and uses brass fittings for the connections. This may not be for a rookie. You may need to find a plumber or a propane dealer to get this repaired / replaced. Be sure to check for leaks at all the connections, especially the new ones, with a soapy water solution. You will probably also need to re-route the copper line to avoid a repeat of the problem.

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Old 11-04-2016, 01:00 PM   #3
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Had the same problem. I just cut out a bit of the existing pipe as a sample at went to a local hardware store and bought enough to replace that pipe run.

Pressure after the regulator is negligeable but still worth doing a soap bubble test after you install the new pipe.

I did it a few years ago and at the time, I read a bit of a controversy about whether or not
a "double flare" was needed.

You need a special flaring tool to do that. (A double flare has the cut edge sort of folded back on itself for increased strength.)

I did have that tool, but in the end only used a single flare anyway!

Not a difficult job at all but you will need a tubing cutter and a flaring tool (and some soapy water and a brush!) - all readily available.

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Old 11-04-2016, 01:24 PM   #4
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What Wingeeser said - just make sure the propane bottles are all the way off, I'd actually disconnect if I were working on the lines.


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Old 11-04-2016, 02:41 PM   #5
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A single flair is all that is needed for propane.
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