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Old 01-25-2018, 03:52 PM   #1
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Another squirrel hole in LP line

Back on January 04 I posted about finding a hole in my LP line and highly suspected, NO I'm sure, that a squirrel had chewed the hole in the line. I could not find anyone in town that had or could get me a new 1/2" I.D. LP gas line so I patched it with a double barb ended thingy and two hose clamps. All went well on our little adventure to Panacea, FL. So today I'm getting everything ready to pull out tomorrow morning for Reed Bingham State Park near Adel, Ga. and I was checking the LP bottles as I know I used quite a bit in FL. When I turned on one bottle I heard gas escaping and thought maybe the pigtail had a hole in it. I then turned on the other bottle and the same hissing noise was still there. Right about where the rubber LP line goes under the body of the TT I find another hole that Mr. Squirrelly had chewed in the line. Fortunately when I bought the coupler I used last time something told me to buy two of them. Now I am glad I did. So now I have two patched places in my LP gas line on the TT. I have to find some way to keep those little buggers from chewing on my gas line. Sorry, I forgot to take a photo
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Old 01-25-2018, 03:57 PM   #2
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I used to have that issue with my portable tanks when I had my popup. I used clear reinforced water line that would slide on over the fittings. IIRC it was 1.5", they could chew on that but never got through to the LP line. Other option and pricey is to get stainless braided covered lines.

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Old 01-25-2018, 04:02 PM   #3
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Quick question for future reference: Was your trailer parked on grass or asphalt?
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Old 01-25-2018, 07:29 PM   #4
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Mine? Parked on a bare area in my backyard, tires on boards. FWIW: I called a friend of mine who was a State licensed Master Gas Fitter before retiring. My hunch was correct in that it's technically illegal to cover a gas line, rubber or metal. The objective behind that is if you have a gas leak then the cover could hold any gas within the cover. I doubt any inspector is coming to my house to inspect my TT's gas line
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Old 01-25-2018, 08:27 PM   #5
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Propane cylinders in the trunk of cars too. But propane is heavier than air where natural gas is lighter. Guess it is always a good idea to shut the tank valve when not in use.
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Old 01-26-2018, 01:06 PM   #6
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Can you replace the rubber hose with a copper tubing?
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Old 01-26-2018, 01:35 PM   #7
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them rascally squirrels

they did that to me i wrappedthe lines with aluminum foil no more problems
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barbed fittings

by the way barb an hose clamps, not really strong enough for 300 psi. just a thought
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Old 01-26-2018, 02:00 PM   #9
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Or soap the lines. They don't like the taste of soap. I like the aluminum foil idea. That is good.
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Old 01-26-2018, 02:02 PM   #10
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I'm in the process of tracking down a regulator problem and I'm having to replace some of the high pressure lines on my Rockwood.

Everything related to LP in my 5th wheel is made by Fairfield, so I've traced them down:
Industrial, Gas and Trucking Hose & Fittings | Fairviewfittings

When I asked about about the hose, they sent me to JR Products: 1-800-269-7622 to speak to Todd: JR Products :: Home

Todd ordered the hose for me: special made. But I had to make the actual purchase from Makarios RV:
https://www.makariosrv.com/?gclid=Cj...AaAsFBEALw_wcB

I spoke to Todd, who had the order in hand. The hose will be made and shipped in a couple of days. All I needed was the model number. The 90" high pressure gas hose with fittings is less than $30.
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Old 01-26-2018, 02:13 PM   #11
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I would definitely get a new hose or two and keep one for a spare. Patching gas hoses isn't a good idea. Since mice and rodents don't like mint you may think about getting some mint oil and just coating the hose and see if that stops them.
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Old 01-26-2018, 02:14 PM   #12
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You can quite often get a hose from your local propane supplier (or gas welding supplier) if the RV dealer can't get one for you.
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Old 01-26-2018, 02:53 PM   #13
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pappy--- I like the wrap it with alum foil idea. Simple and cheap. But what is the 300 reply? These tanks don't put out 300 psi gas pressure.
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Old 01-26-2018, 02:58 PM   #14
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Yes this hose could be replaced with Cooper, although expensive. This hose is after the regulator, very low pressure. The guy at my LP place stated he thinks it's 4#. This hose happens to be 25 feet long. My LP guy suggested running black pipe for the distance directly under the body of the TT, about 20 feet, then he has a 1/2" I.D. hose that's 4 feet to go from the hard pipe to the regulator. I'm looking at covering the hose part with non-metallic flexible conduit such as used with metal studs, usually blue.
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The gas pressure from the regulator to the trailer is 11" wc which is 6.35 oz.
You could use copper but remember to put a loop for vibration. If you have a really long hose (because mfg was lazy) replace most of it with black pipe , then use a shorter hose for flexibility and ease of changing tanks.
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There is stainless mesh covered propane gas line for a permanent solution.
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Back on January 04 I posted about finding a hole in my LP line and highly suspected, NO I'm sure, that a squirrel had chewed the hole in the line. I could not find anyone in town that had or could get me a new 1/2" I.D. LP gas line so I patched it with a double barb ended thingy and two hose clamps. All went well on our little adventure to Panacea, FL. So today I'm getting everything ready to pull out tomorrow morning for Reed Bingham State Park near Adel, Ga. and I was checking the LP bottles as I know I used quite a bit in FL. When I turned on one bottle I heard gas escaping and thought maybe the pigtail had a hole in it. I then turned on the other bottle and the same hissing noise was still there. Right about where the rubber LP line goes under the body of the TT I find another hole that Mr. Squirrelly had chewed in the line. Fortunately when I bought the coupler I used last time something told me to buy two of them. Now I am glad I did. So now I have two patched places in my LP gas line on the TT. I have to find some way to keep those little buggers from chewing on my gas line. Sorry, I forgot to take a photo
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Old 01-27-2018, 10:40 AM   #18
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Braided Stainless hose. Nuff said. 😊
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Old 01-27-2018, 11:09 AM   #19
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Try feeding the squirrel. Then he won't have to chew on your lines!

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We feed the rabbits,,, so they won't eat our bushes !!!
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