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Old 11-04-2014, 08:44 AM   #11
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I would be amazed if this is possible since the Propane hookup is downstream of the pressure regulator. In order to fill the on board tank from a portable tank ... you would need to push backwards through a regulator.

Similarly ... In order to run barbecue etc off the coach you must first remove only attached regulators. I learned this one the hard way.
Agree with what you say and would also like to add more clarification:
***For Berks, the propane outlet on the passenger side is low pressure!
***The Extend-a Stay is high pressure (on the driver's side)
***Most Barbeques have a regulator and require high pressure and therefore if you connect to the low pressure, you need to remove the barbecue's regulator.
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:20 AM   #12
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The hook up for the grill on mine shows that the flow is one direction. I don't know if the quick connect impedes the flow or if they are just saying that that is the direction it should go. I would get one of the attachments that goes where the regulator is or disconnect one of the 20 # tanks and get a hose to connect to that side of the regulator out to the larger tank.
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:13 PM   #13
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I found this video on You Tube answers the external propane set up.

http://youtu.be/jovTYfltUO0

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Old 11-04-2014, 01:52 PM   #14
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I found this video on You Tube answers the external propane set up.

HOW TO: Connect an RV to External Propane - YouTube

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Ecopco; the video is certainly informative, but unfortunately (IMHO) it gives wrong advice for Berkshire owners.

First of all, by feeding an external low pressure source into the RV's low pressure side, the Berk's safety valve that is connected to the inside gas sensor will be compromised. If there was a gas leak, the gas sensor would shut off the RV's supply but not the external source.

Secondly, most people use propane tanks without regulators to connect to the Extend-a-Stay and do not have the problem depicted in the video.

Last of all, most Berk's at least from 2012 and up have a low pressure quick connect coupling on the patio side and don't have to run a mile of line from the driver's side for a barbecue. However, since most barbecue's require high pressure, the barbecue's regulator would have to be removed.

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Old 11-04-2014, 02:20 PM   #15
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I love to muddy the water ...

It seems like your underlying problem is Propane storage capacity. It it possible to either swap out your on board take with a larger one ... or perhaps have a second on installed.

My first class a was a Triple E whos engine would run on either Propane or gasoline. That unit had the standard on board tank plus a second one that was about 3 times the size.

In the case of the Triple E the two Propane tanks were not piped together but why couldn't they be?

The only downside would be wet carrying capacity ... Although the reality is that most of use travel with tanks empty anyways.

Just a thought

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Old 11-04-2014, 04:43 PM   #16
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I thought that this is supposed to be a Berkshire forum! Granted, anyone can participate, but solutions for other rigs are often not necessarily applicable to the Berkshire.

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Old 11-04-2014, 06:24 PM   #17
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Sorry, I meant "a Berkshire Thread".
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Old 11-05-2014, 12:27 AM   #18
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I do own a Berkeley 390BH-60.
I am just trying to make the point that capacity appears to be the problem and a second or larger tank may be an option
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I hate auto typing .... Should read Berkshire 390BH 60
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