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Old 03-29-2019, 12:18 AM   #1
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Re-routing Propane Gas Line

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I have a Rockwood Extreme 282TESP. There is only room for ONE battery because the propane gas line is routed directly in the area where you would put the 2nd battery box. has anyone ever re-routed their gas line, and what fittings did you use? Standard fittings at the hardware store don't work. I think they may be RV 1/2 fittings.

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Old 03-29-2019, 06:33 AM   #2
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I've been looking into doing this on our T21TBHW too. I've found ready made extension hoses at Camping World, just haven't pulled the trigger yet.
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:08 AM   #3
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Take off that fitting and go to an LP gas supplier. They should have the correct 90 deg fitting to replace it as well as a longer hose if you need it.
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Standard fittings at the hardware store don't work. I think they may be RV 1/2 fittings.


When dealing with flare fittings and pipe, the size of the pipe and fittings is always measured by the outside diameter (OD) of the pipe, unlike all other pipe and fittings which are measured by the inside diameter (ID). This can get confusing for people not aware of this. So, where a standard copper 1/2 hard copper water pipe is referred to as 1/2, the OD is actually 5/8. When you are dealing with 1/2 soft copper and flare fittings, you need to use 1/2 OD tube, which has a nominal ID of 3/8, and 1/2 flare fittings.

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It's also important to get the correct angle on the fitting end 37 vs 45.
Go to an LP supplier with your old fitting and they will fix you up.
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That fitting is called a bulkhead union because it goes through the frame and is held in place by a jam nut and connects two lines together.

You could find a 90 bulkhead as mentioned or simply screw a 90 adapter onto your current fitting such as this one...



Here is a link to the one I posted a photo of (scroll down) but they are available elsewhere.
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If you look at the 2nd photo with the battery box in place - I don't think he has room for an adapter but needs to replace his bulkhead fitting.
OR maybe move the straight bulkhead fitting a little to one side so it points between those battery boxes?
It depends on what's behind the frame cross member. Is it hard piped or hose?
If it's hard piped I still vote for a 90 deg bulkhead fitting and be done with it.
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If you look at the 2nd photo with the battery box in place - I don't think he has room for an adapter but needs to replace his bulkhead fitting.
OR maybe move the straight bulkhead fitting a little to one side so it points between those battery boxes?
It depends on what's behind the frame cross member. Is it hard piped or hose?
If it's hard piped I still vote for a 90 deg bulkhead fitting and be done with it.
You may be right Dan.
If you look at photo # 4 it is hard plumbed copper on the back side.
They may be able to move it if there is enough wiggle room.
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I didn't realize foto 4 was showing the back side until you said it.

ME- I have hole saws and other tools so I would probably move the fitting and save a trip looking for a replacement.
A 90 deg bulkhead fitting might be a little more rare and take a few phone calls to find one.
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I had a similar issue with my high wall HW31STCH. Only, I decided moving to a single larger battery that was a true deep cycle would be better. So I ended up building a new battery tray on top of the A-frame out of aluminum angle iron. I still need to paint it, but I have more than twice the capacity of the old double set up with less than double the weight on my tongue.
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