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Old 02-05-2018, 07:57 PM   #1
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Propane lines and plumbing in the slideouts

It seems that fewer and fewer MH's are free of propane lines or plumbing lines in slideouts. This seems like asking for trouble. Those of you that have such plumbing in the slides what has been your experience, especially after a number of years of use?

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Old 02-05-2018, 08:10 PM   #2
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Can't speak for water line plumbing, but have had propane in slide outs since 2010 without issue.

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Old 02-05-2018, 09:38 PM   #3
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Almost 6 year old camper. I have a sink in my outdoor kitchen which is on a slide out. It has a drain to a tank that we rarely use (we keep a sprayer hose almost always hooked up).

I had a water leak with both the hot and cold lines during a cold snap in Texas. It was inside the camper in the very rear corner where no heat goes, so I canít blame the slide.

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Old 02-05-2018, 10:52 PM   #4
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Typically the slide portion of the LP line will be black pipe and the feed to the black pipe would be hose that extends and retracts with the slide. Have not heard of and do not have any issues with the set up for many years.
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Old 02-06-2018, 02:59 PM   #5
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I have a propane line in my kitchen slide. It folds with the power lines when the slide is retracted. Not the best design. I keep a close eye on that. Eventually I’ll have to replace it.
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Old 02-06-2018, 03:02 PM   #6
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That's one reason I bought my 2015 Dynamax DX3-37RB. After three+ years of looking (to graduate from a 2010 Casita Spirit Deluxe Travel Trailer), the 37RB had the BEST floorplan of anything else I'd seen (and I'd seen a LOT). The two slideouts each had a 110VAC outlet, some LED lights and furniture. NO propane, water supply, waste lines or major appliances in either slideout. With both slides IN, my coach is ~ 98% usable (two bedroom drawers are blocked; I keep my clean underwear and socks in the top drawer). Dynamax has since changed the floorplan and now, some of the benefits I've mentioned no longer apply. I've read reports from other RVers where their rig has RUBBER propane lines. These owners have experienced damage to those propane lines from critters chewing holes! That must lead to some exciting experiences.
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Old 02-06-2018, 06:29 PM   #7
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I had a 1995 Coachman class C with the stove on a slide. One day my stove and top burners quit working. Found the rubber part of the propane lines in the slide kinked. Unkinked and added a bracket...problem solved.
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Old 02-06-2018, 07:05 PM   #8
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Our previous trailer had a kitchen slideout. Double sink, faucet, microwave and stove/oven.
NEVER had any issues during the 10+ year's we owned it.

Wouldn't hesitate to get another one.
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:29 PM   #9
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Great responses. Thank you. I will definitely look out for rubber hoses. Keep the responses coming.
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:46 PM   #10
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My kitchen is in a slideout. First trip of 2nd season I had a leak in the drain line. Easy fix. I call it a manufacturing defect, not a design problem. Problem appears to have been that the flexible hose was not fastened in line with the hard plastic piping.

As found; you can see the flex isn't in line with the PVC:
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Cracked single-piece slip joint:
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I moved the clamp over to the right to keep the flex in line with the PVC.

As I've responded to others with a similar question: It wouldn't stop me from buying another TT with a kitchen slide.

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