Originally Posted by The Wandering Irishman
Great information here, thanks!
Our 2014 351DS does not have the exterior propane hookup, the newer 2015 models do. When I had our RV in for service at the dealership I asked if they could order in the components from a 2015 model and fit them to my 2014 (the Forest River rep had told me YES at an RV show). Finally they call me back with a quote of $250 for parts and labor to which I agree to. Then when I go to pick it up, they tell me they couldn't figure out where to mount the door as none of their 2015's on the lot had this connection. I had sent them photos (from their own web site which were still up), the FR rep's names I spoke to, etc. Not sure how they gave me a quote without knowing where it was going? I won't bother getting on my soapbox about quality of customer service these days....
So before I bother pursuing this any farther, those that have an exterior propane connection - do you use it as much as you thought you would? What about placement? Do you wish it where somewhere else - further forward or back, under the awning, in a locked compartment, etc.?
I think I'll use it all of the time with my Camp Chef stove (grill, griddle and pizza oven) rather than carry an extra 5-gallon tank. I'm more worried about the "right" placement, but a long enough hose and I guess that's not really an issue either.
Tom, I made a direct connect fitting for my Coleman grill. It is the third post I made to the forum heading
I will be trying it out this weekend and let owners know the results on that thread.
The problem with what you and I are talking about is we don't know the pressure of the propane at the external quick connect. There are 3 possibilities.
One, I seriously doubt they would send the full 250 PSI from the tank to that port.
Two, their regulators might have reduced the pressure to 10 PSI so they could then use normal regulators at each furnace, stove, water heater, etc.
Three, they may have reduced to 11 to 13 inches of water, 0.4 to 0.5 PSI, to run all appliances directly.
If they pass 10 PSI to you, you need a regulator on the grill, etc. If they are sending you 11 inches of water then you can't have a regulator. Two low pressure regulators in series stops the gas completely.
Oh yeah, your question LOL, once we have the pressure issue figured out we plan to use that port on every trip.