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Old 08-04-2019, 12:40 PM   #1
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Question Severely corroded propane lines in 2018 model

We have a Forest River 2018 Wildcat 29RLX. On a recent camping trip I was down underneath the camper checking on some things and I noticed that the propane hard pipes/lines were extremely corroded. Is this natural/normal? How often should these lines be replaced? I would imagine that at some point the corrosion is going to cause leaks. We bought our trailer just 18 months ago brand new from Camping World in Richmond, IN. We live in Ohio.

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Old 08-04-2019, 12:49 PM   #2
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Some rust is fairly normal.

I have never heard of propane lines in a camper needed to be replaced due to corrosion.

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unless you drive on winter salted roads with your camper, I doubt you have anything to worry about...
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As in what propane hard lines?... copper tubing or black pipe?

Got a photo?
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Old 08-04-2019, 03:32 PM   #5
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Pipes

The fixed propane pipes are metal. I'm assuming they were once black. I'll try to stop by the storage yard to get a couple pictures to post. The corrosion is far more than I would have expected for an 18 month or so old trailer.
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The fixed propane pipes are metal. I'm assuming they were once black. I'll try to stop by the storage yard to get a couple pictures to post. The corrosion is far more than I would have expected for an 18 month or so old trailer.
Have you ever looked at the steel brake and fuel lines running along the frame of your 18 month old car or tv? They will look about the same and you have to remember the tubing is a lot thinner than the 1/2" black pipe. Surface oxidation actually slows the further degradation of the pipe. If the rust starts falling off in chunks or layers then I would be worried. If you are concerned about the pipes disintegrating then you could use a rust converter. https://www.fullgleam.com/car-detail...ust-converter/
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Old 08-04-2019, 06:18 PM   #7
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Severely corroded propane lines in 2018 model

If I were worried.... I would get some rust killing primer and get after it. If it is in the open(ie not in standing water) I donít think you have anything to fear.
The place I work sells pipe/valves and fittings. Black pipe (as itís called) is painted with the cheapest paint there is. They will spray to try and ďget it there unrustedĒ. We store our pipe inside(MOST donít) it comes in partially rusted all the time. You can bury black pipe and it will last 20-30-40 years.(I know absence of air)

If you canít chip anything off...you are fine.
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Brass and black pipe when exposed to outside weather will quickly get a rusty or corroded appearance. Nothing to worry about unless you are constantly in salt environment. If you operate in a marine or extreme weather area you already know about it. My brother in law has a camper from 2012 and lots of black pipe for LP underneath. It looks really corroded, but it's only surface bloom, we checked every inch to be sure.
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We have a Forest River 2018 Wildcat 29RLX. On a recent camping trip I was down underneath the camper checking on some things and I noticed that the propane hard pipes/lines were extremely corroded. Is this natural/normal? How often should these lines be replaced? I would imagine that at some point the corrosion is going to cause leaks. We bought our trailer just 18 months ago brand new from Camping World in Richmond, IN. We live in Ohio.

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The "main lines" in all campers are generally 1/2" black iron pipe (also known as "gas pipe") Since the wall thickness of the pipe is close to 1/8" and the pressure involved is typically 11"WC (about 1/2 PSI)we're not looking at a rust-through hazard. If you have time when dloing your PM, get a pint can of black Rust Oleum (red label) and paint the pipes which you can see, along with other exposed ferrous metal. Even if rust isn't a big deal in your area, it surely makes the underside of the RV look tidier!
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Is that so when it is laying on it's side it will look better ??????


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