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Old 04-27-2016, 12:27 PM   #1
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Adding quick connect LP port

On our Freedom Express 257BHS, there is an available port on the LP control manifold (upper left connector in picture) that is stated as "LP Port for Gas Grill hookup" in the Coachmen Freedom Express brochure.

Is there a kit that can convert this connector to a quick connect port? Also, this manifold is underneath the trailer in a bad spot, so if there's a hose to extend the quick connect port to the side of the trailer, it would make it much easier to use.

Ultimately, I'd like to use it with the Coleman grill they included with the unit. The grill takes the small propane bottles and is a small standalone unit that is not connected to the outdoor kitchen or slideout tray on this model.

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Old 04-27-2016, 02:47 PM   #2
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I've had this same idea in my head for quite some time, but haven't looked into the difficulty of it. Now I'll have to go look for a manifold somewhere.

What about this? You'd need a male-male adapter: quick connector
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I've had this same idea in my head for quite some time, but haven't looked into the difficulty of it. Now I'll have to go look for a manifold somewhere.

What about this? You'd need a male-male adapter: quick connector
That could work, but that would place the quick connect port underneath my trailer towards the middle. Maybe a female 1/4" connector to a hose, then the hose to a male 1/4" connector, then the quick connect?
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That could work, but that would place the quick connect port underneath my trailer towards the middle. Maybe a female 1/4" connector to a hose, then the hose to a male 1/4" connector, then the quick connect?
I looked a bit for a female connector, but didn't see anything right away. However, a male-male hose in place of a male-male adapter would be another good way.
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That looks like a flared adapter to me. If I am right, you would need to run Type "L" soft copper from there to your termination where you would use another flared adapter to connect to your quick connect fitting.

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I looked a bit for a female connector, but didn't see anything right away. However, a male-male hose in place of a male-male adapter would be another good way.
Right. They probably have gender changers at the local Lowe's or Home Depot? Just get the right adapters, the hose, and the link for your quick connect, and maybe some hose support clamps with some screws?
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That looks like a flared adapter to me. If I am right, you would need to run Type "L" soft copper from there to your termination where you would use another flared adapter to connect to your quick connect fitting.

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Hi Bruce,

So maybe another hose wouldn't work then? I'm asking because I see 4 other hoses coming off of the manifold. Maybe its only the connector that's capped that's flared?
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That looks like a flared adapter to me. If I am right, you would need to run Type "L" soft copper from there to your termination where you would use another flared adapter to connect to your quick connect fitting.

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I think the flare that you see is just the top of the cap that they used to terminate that port? It's not currently hooked up to anything. Here's a better picture:
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I think the flare that you see is just the top of the cap that they used to terminate that port? It's not currently hooked up to anything. Here's a better picture:
Or if the cap is actually covering a flared portion of the connector, could i unscrew the entire flared portion and place a new male connector into the body of the manifold itself? It looks like you could turn the bottom part of that flared connector and entirely take it out of the manifold?
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Or if the cap is actually covering a flared portion of the connector, could i unscrew the entire flared portion and place a new male connector into the body of the manifold itself? It looks like you could turn the bottom part of that flared connector and entirely take it out of the manifold?
The threads under that cap are not NPT, but the threads on the bottom, where it screws into the manifold will be NPT. You could remove the flare adapter and use whatever you feel safe with that has NPT threads.

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