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Old 01-02-2018, 11:41 PM   #1
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Hole in propane hose

So we are crazy enough to go camping leaving Thursday for Ochlocknee Bay, FL. (Panacea area). Today I went out checking things on the TT to assure that they would be working when we get down there. In particular I wanted to check the furnace as we have not had to use it yet to heat the TT. I've ran it a few times to assure it was working. I could not get any burner on the stove to light nor could I get the furnace to light up. Start at the tanks and trace out the problem. One tank completely empty, I had left the valve on. The other tank is full. While checking the change-over/regulator for the tanks I happened to notice something odd about the gas hose, it had a hole in it. The area where the hole is has nothing at all sitting on it nor near it so I'm certain that nothing rubbed the hole in it. After looking at the hole closer I realized that a squirrel had chewed the hole in it. There were obvious teeth marks on the outer rubber cover. Now the problem is that of the three (3) LP gas dealers in this town none of them carry 1/2" I.D. hose. They can all order one which should be here in 7-10 days. We were planning on pulling out Thursday for a five day trip. A few phone calls and I find that there is place 30 miles away that can cut a new hose and crimp on the proper ends. Off early in the morning. Trying to post photo but something's not working, try again in the morning
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:28 AM   #2
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I used to have an issue with raccoons chewing our grill’s propane lines. Little jerks.

Glad to hear you’re getting fixed up in time.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:39 AM   #3
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to go camping leaving Thursday for Ochlocknee Bay, FL.
May I ask where you are camping? We are leaving next Wednesday for our annual trip to Ochlockonee River State Park, near Sopchoppy. We try to go down every Jan because we really like that S.P. Usually make a couple of visits to St. Marks NWR and ride the boat at Wakulla Springs.

Hope you get the hose situation solved. We usually have to run the furnace at least a little when camping in that area in Jan.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:58 AM   #4
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IF it were me- in your situation- I would splice the hose using a brass double end hose barb with 2 worm screw automotive hose clamps on each end.
Check for leaks with soap bubble solution or just bubble fluid like found in the toy isle of any store.
You can probably get the hose splice and screw clamps at an auto part store or Home Depot or Lowes.

This is what I would do- your results might not be the same as mine!
Check carefully that there are no other damaged places on the hose!!

Get a new hose with SS braid when you get back.
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I do not know what it is about propane hoses that squirrels like, my sister uses a long hose to her grill found hole from squirrel. Thought if was a fluke thing maybe had a bit of food on it. Replaced it couple days later went to use another chew thru.

If by chance something goes wrong with your new hose.

Agree with KyDan, if you have to you could temporally use a double barb, Brass only not plastic, providing it is the main hose coming from the regulator to the appliances. The pressure is only 0.4 psi. Do not know your layout if it is a hose coming from a second tank on the opposite side to your main regulator it should be 30 psi still ok to splice temporally.

Check repairs with soap and water for leaks. Do not do like the old timers, a match, that is not a good idea.

Have a good trip and safe travels. We are in Sebastian. Bring a coat down in 30's for a few nights.
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:31 AM   #6
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I do not know what it is about propane hoses that squirrels like
They also seem to like coax cable. I found the coax running from my Ham radio to a roof mounted antenna chewed in multiple places. Had to relocate the antenna, which hopefully will help.
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I had a string of cheap Christmas lights wrapped around the trunk of a little maple tree in my front yard. They stopped working so I went to investigate and some critter- most likely a squirrel- had chewed the wires into several pieces! It brought to mind that scene in National Lampoon Christmas vacation where the cat chews thru the Christmas tree lights behind the couch- BOOM and just a scorched outline of a cat on the floor!

But my damage was likely done in the day light and the lights would have been off.
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Reminds me of a t-shirt I saw about a week ago that said “squirrels-nature’s little speed bumps”. Do you think the guy wearing it had a similar experience?😁
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@ "dlwilliams48": We'll be staying at "Holiday Campground" right on Ochlocknee Bay. It's on the right hand side where Hwy 98 goes across the bay, just a bit below Panacea, FL. It's an older park with 75 sites and each site is tight. We knew about Ochlocknee SP but decided on Holiday because it's closer to Wakulla Middle School where my g'son has a wrestling tournament Saturday. There is also an "Pancea RV Park" in Panacea which we rode through--IMO: nasty looking, many long termers, and two sites had cars up on jack-stands as if working on them. Could not find a hose at the three LP gas suppliers in Albany, they could order one with 7-10 day delivery. Don't tell anyone, especially "KyDan" , but I cut the bad place out, used a 1/2" brass hose nipple and two worm clamps. Tested for leaks, ran the stove and furnace and all appears well. YES, I will replace this hose after this trip. Re: squirrels--I have a chain link fence around my back yard, last spring I happened to notice that the aluminum wire ties used to hold the fence to the top rail had been broken, over 100 of these. After I looked closer it appeared that something/someone had been hitting on the wire ties and broken them. When I went to a local fence supplier to get new wire ties the lady told me that they sell a lot of these as squirrels love to chew on them. It seems that squirrels and rats have two front teeth that never stop growing so they chew on anything to grind their teeth down. For some reason I still cannot get photo of chewed hole to upload.
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:17 PM   #10
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Check the grill sections of Lowes or Home Depot. They usually have hoses and you may find one that will work. Another option is to stop at a RV dealer on your way . You can also usually find hoses at propane filling station.
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