When you drive a vehicle with a large built-in propane tank, carrying around small disposable propane cylinders for your barbecue grill somehow seems, well wrong. While small portable grills are often designed to use disposable propane canisters, we have a whole list of reasons we object to doing that. Since those little canisters are so little, that seems just about as likely to happen as not. Removing disposable propane cylinders from the list of gear we need to keep on board saves space, and of course avoids running out of them, too the best way to exacerbate objection 1 above: rummage around for a fresh canister to finish cooking dinner, then find that you already used the last one. And they run out, too.
Hi Steve! Great to have you here with us as you begin your RVing adventure. One real beauty of those quick releases is that they shut off the flow of propane upon disconnection from the other side, which makes turning off the propane at the tank unnecessary. I have ordered all the parts except the propane extension hose as I have those from a prior RV. Now I am wondering if I should buy new extension hoses as well has I noticed oily residue extruding from the ends.
Any thoughts? Hi Gene. Good question! We had this exact issue when we upgraded our propane system with the 15psi regulator at the tank end our existing hoses still had oily residue in them. Since the regulator was ensuring that no NEW oil was being created, the fuel filter caught any remaining oil from the hose.
So we went with the filter route since it was easier and cheaper than new hoses. Thank you for the excellent fix. Do you think the barbecue regulator is ok since I will be using the same one again? Is there a way to clean it? So we removed it and thoroughly cleaned it with isopropyl alcohol, and then let it dry out for a while alcohol evaporates quickly.
Except make burgers that is. Went back to one of your earlier posts regarding running the BBQ from the onboard propane tankand am planning to do this conversion this week or sowe have a lot of propane capacityour Newmar has a 35 gal tank that only supplies the cook top!?
Coach heat and hot water is all via the Oasis systemone question I have after looking at your detailed instructions is thiscan I also use this setup to provide propane to a portable gas fire pitis 15 psi adequate for that function?
Thanks for your insight! Happy New Yearhave a GR8 !! LOL, Harold! What a hardy resource propane is! So if you never run it full-blast, you may be OK. Hi, intresting video and write up. This is about what I want for my pop up. Im so tired of those 1lb bottles, the cost and waste. I think your set up can be changed some to make that work.
Hi Michael! Thanks for the comment. Nice to hear that this might help you brainstorm a similar setup for your rig. I am planning on doing the propane line mod for my Weber Q to run off one of my 10 Gallon removeble propane tanks on our Kountry Aire fifth wheel.
Just gives me one less thing to carry. You mentioned that the 15 psi regulator will prevent that oily buildup in the hoses that one sees from time to time. Since you did this mod a year ago, have you found the additional regulator has in fact prevented the oil from forming in the lines? Really like your videos by the way. And thanks for the parts list on this project. Made it really easy. Thanks so much for the nice comments and great follow-up question, Casey. We have not had a single repeat of the oil-in-the-propane-line situation since we installed the 15 PSI regulator about 18 months ago.
I put the extend a stay T fitting in place and it had several leaks. I took it out and put it back together like the factory had it and no leaks. So I tried yellow tape in the correct direction on both ends, still leaks. Tried again without tape, still leaks. Made the connections super tight on each end, still leaks. I am using a combustable gas sniffer, pretty reliable. Is there some kind of secret to getting this T adapter to not leak? Hi Chris. We installed our tee years ago without a problem, and have been using it ever since with no issues.
Might try exchanging it to see if a replacement solves the problem. I went to Camping World today and bought the Mr. Heater version of the T Valve.
Will try that and see how it works out. Since you folks have been doing this a while, maybe you could create some content around specific shops mobile or otherwise that you have done business with and had favorable results.
Or perhaps, without naming names, a general guide to choosing the right shop and how to avoid bad ones. Hope you make out okay with the Mr.
Hooking Up A 100LB Propane Tank to Your RV
Heater version of the tee, Chris. Glad to hear our videos have been helpful. Thanks for letting us know. As far as expertise regarding how to find a good shop, we might be the wrong ones to ask about that, since we do so much of our own repairs and maintenance.
OopsI just read through some posts from last year on this subject. Looks like I may be ok without removing the regulator on the grill. Thanks Randy.
Hi Randy! The red 15 PSI regulator we added to the line is still much higher pressure than the grill uses, so therefore plenty of pressure to get over to the other side of the RV, and still in need of being regulated down to grill pressure. It works great. Now we did originally try adding a different regulator in the line before we settled on the 15 PSI unit. That unit, when combined with the one already in place on the grill was too low for the grill to operate double regulation.
Hope this is all clear! I just received all my parts. One question, I did buy the yellow tape but wondering the best way to check for leaks with all those connections. I only ordered the 12 ft hose and just realized I may be grilling very close to the coach. Thanks for putting this article together.
Hey Don! The way we check for leaks is to mix up a small amount of dish soap into a plastic cup full of water, then pour the soapy water slowly over each and every connection, of course while the propane is turned on and the line under pressure. If you find a spot that you think is blowing bubbles, pour some more over to check. It either blows one or two big bubbles, or a bunch of little ones that foam up.
I added a 90 degree elbow I found at Lowes, and then I bought Mr.
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This part has the check valve, so now I can leave the regulator and fittings connected to the main propane tank and just screw on the hose. Some day, I will make a more permanent situation like yours and run the hose through the coach. We have a gas coach, so a bit harder to run the propane hose over the driveshaft and exhaust. Once again thank you for all your articles and help. We will be full timing it next year, and will have plenty of propane for the grill. Glad to hear that you pieced together a system that works for you!
While the Mr. Of course the Extend-a-Stay itself is permanently installed in the system, and stays in place at all times.
Can you verify this is the correct item as I we directed to Amazon from your listing. It appears this is terminator from the picture. I was curious on the Male adaptor as the picture shows it closed at the end.
The female adaptor looks fine. All of the parts listed are exactly what we used so if a picture looks wrong, the part should still be correct.
Ok, thanks! You guys are unbelievable! Resonding on Sunday.
Hi Guys Great series. Using your links below the video, I ordered all the parts from Amazon. Before going that route, I looked it up on Amazon. They say they are sold out of the Modelwhich is the 15PSI regulator you suggested. Also, there appear to be 2 versions of this model. One is fixed, one is adjustable. Before going ahead, what do you recommend? Is 10PSI enough. If it is, I can use the one I have with an adapter.
Should I get the fixed or adjustable model? If not available from Amazon, do you have another source? Thanks for your help!
Hi Jeffrey! Sorry to hear you had trouble with getting the regulator we used. But the psi adjustable regulator should work just fine. Turned up to 10psi, that should provide plenty of input pressure for your grill to work.
Most low-pressure regulators like the one on your grill expect between about 5 and 20psi of input pressure. So 10psi output from the regulator you received should work just fine.
Let us know how you make out! It worked, but not well. As we were about to leave on a long trip to Alaska, I had no time to get the 15 psi regulator, so I went back to the old way of using small canisters. I intend to replace the regulator when I get home.
Please let us know how you make out when you get the new regulator installed and tested. I just bought a motorhome that has a tee after the tank regular with copper tubing and a quick disconnect on the other side.
I was thinking of moving the tee in front of the regular so I can hook up my Weber grill. Do I need a 15 psi regular to prevent oil build up or does the copper tubing prevent oil buildup? Hi Tori! Glad you liked the video and thanks for letting us know about the problem with the link to the. We just made a change that should have fixed it so you should be able to download it now. Please let us know if you continue to have a problem with it! That is such a great video. We have the same grill, since our tank is between outside the door and the rear wheels do I really need a 15 psi regulator since we would only be attaching a 12 ft line off the tank.
My concern it in putting the Tee between the tank valve and the switch operated shut-off valve. If there was a gas leak, or if going thru a tunnel or some other place which required gas to be shut off, I would have to climb into a basement bay to access the tank valve, a real hassle. Our tank is mounted between the chassis rails with remote fill and vent fittings at the side of the coach.
I need to find out what the thread pattern is on the tank end of the electric operated shut off valve to see if it would fit the POL connection on the end of the Tee. Hi Ralph. If you DO want to be able to connect to an external tank, and are willing to crawl under the RV to connect it, you can use the same setup we have, with the appropriate adapters. Good luck with your set-up! Thank you, Gentlemen, for the reply.
How to Hook Up External Propane Tank to RV?
I really need to find out what is at the input end of the electric valve. While that may not be specifically what you need, it may give you an idea that may be of help.
Great idea as I have wondered the same. My question is the propane line is regulated to 15 psi but the BBQ also has a pressure regulator. Did you disconnect or bypass the BBQ pressure regulator? My small napoleon bbq has the pressure regulator built into the flame controller so a bypass is not possible. In simpler terms will the bbq work properly with 2 regulators?
It will absolutely work with your grill, Tim, just as it works with ours. The trick is using the 15 PSI regulator at the T on the big supply tank. There would be too little pressure if you used two in the same line. Your video is incredibly timely. Thanks for all the informative videos you create.
Propane tanks come in a wide variety of sizes for different uses, and the size of motorhome or travel trailer you have will have an impact on what size your RV propane tanks are. That said, the tanks may be 20 gallons, 30 gallons, 40 gallons or even larger, especially if you have a special rig set up for full-timing or long-term camping. The other is a 1/4? INVERTED Flare connection where you hook up an external propane tank. Most of these kits will come with a short 24? hose with the 1/4? Inverted flare and an ACME bottle style fitting. This is considered an "inflow" connection since you would connect a . Apr 24, Fortunately, it is quite easy to connect external propane tanks to the system in your travel trailer or recreational vehicle. All you need is a couple of simple parts and tools. Once you have all these, you can even do it yourself. Once you hook up a larger propane tank to your RV, you can stay in your campsite for as long as you want.
They are greatly appreciated! Thanks so much for letting us know, Allan! You mentioned you found oil in the regulator or your Q-grill prior to installing the 15PSI regulator. Did you have to replace the regulator on the grill or is there a way to clean it? Is there an performance indicator low flame, different color flame for the presence of oil in the regulator? I have a Q that I am currently feeding with a foot hose without an in-line regulator, other than the one on the grill.
I have noticed that when I lite the burner, it will only go half way around, eventually making the full loop. I usually have to tap the burner to make it go all the way around. Hi Jerry. We do remember that we had the issue twice. IN the case of the RV, we removed and cleaned the RV regulator with rubbing alcohol by pouring some alcohol in and shaking it vigorously while holding a thumb and finger over the two openings. We did that several times, and then left it to dry for a while, so the alcohol would evaporate after having broken down the oily residue.
We figured we had nothing to lose by trying that before going the replacement route.
Hi Les. Running copper directly up from the propane tank and across the RV to the curb side could result in a problem in the long run. Thank you for the great idea. One thing that people may also need to know is that some propane appliances such as some stoves and lanterns that you might want to hook up this way do require high pressure.
Anyone doing this would want to shop for a low pressure version of the appliance or have the ability to modify their appliance to run on low pressure. In your video you show a picture of your motorhome covered in snow and ice during a long winter stay. We live in northwest Washington state where it can get below freezing for extended periods. We thought that we might like to spend some time in the mountains in winter but thought that would not be possible because our water supply would freeze.
How did you supply water to your motorhome and keep the hose and holding tanks from freezing? If this takes some special equipment or technique, maybe you could make an instructional video?
Good point about some appliances needing high pressure in order to operate correctly. We used heat tape in order to keep our water line from freezing, since we were parked in one spot for an extended time. Other than that, be sure you have a means of providing heat in the water compartment to ensure that nothing in there freezes. Many motorhomes have a means of opening a vent from the furnace or even a dedicated zone from a hydronic heat source to provide warm air down there whenever the heat kicks on.
But you can use a W incandescent bulb a trouble light, like this one on Amazonis great because you can hang it from the built-in hook the heat from the light is enough to keep it above freezing there.
How To Connect a BBQ Grill to an RV's Onboard Propane Tank TheRVgeeks October 28, Installation, Propane, ates & Upgrades Comments When you drive a vehicle with a large built-in propane tank, carrying around small disposable propane cylinders for your barbecue grill somehow seems, well wrong. The propane system is an important part of making your RV comfortable, convenient, and cozy. It allows you to access and operate your gas-fueled appliances, heats up your coach when you're stopped on a cold night, and heats water for showers and washing up. However, the flammability of . How To Hook Up External Propane Tank To RV: Step By Step Guide. Most of the work here has to be done by a licensed propane company. The connection to your RV is easy as soon as you put a wire in the ground. Just start finding the right hoses and connections to use the propane company's pipe.
Thanks for the nice comment, Larry. Of course you need to be especially careful dealing with propane for obvious reasons.
The first thing we do in situations like this is determine if we have propane flow and ignition. Do you have spark from the igniter? Is there a pilot light? In our limited experience with RV ovens our first rig had one we recall that the pilot had to be successfully lit before you could actually light the oven. Hope this helps get you started. My camper has a built in line. Not sure of the PSI, so I may have to remove regulator off of the grill any thoughts on this.
Good video thanks. Hi Casey! The best thing to do is just hook the grill up with its regulator in place and see if it works. Our guess is that it will.
You guys are amazing!!!! What an easy way to use your grill, The builders of these rv s sould have you giving them ideas so owners like you wont have to do all this after you buy it Have a great day.
Thanks Gary! They must have been listening to somebody since we bought our rig over 11 years ago, because more and more RVs are coming with propane outlets on the curb side. Talk about timing!! The tech was great and let me watch and answered all my questions. We noticed that the flame on the propane burner on the fridge was burping and spitting and the tech eventually came to the conclusion that I might have some oil buildup on my regulator at the propane tank.
Oil can indeed be a problem. Our original Norcold fridge had the same problem, and it turned out to be a cracked burner orifice the tiny little hole that the propane comes out right where it mixes with air and ignites. Took us a LOT of service stops to diagnose that one. The other thing to check is for spiders or mud daubers in the air inlet.
Good luck and please let us know how you make out. Thanks guys. Thanks for the suggestions! I just replaced the regulator but the sputtering is still there. It does cool, even with the sputtering flame. I found this out because the tech left the fridge on, so it ran overnight sitting in front of the house!
The Camco RV 4-Port Propane Tee mounts in-line between the supply and regulator on a motorhome or RV to allow the connection of an additional propane appliance and the hook-up of an auxiliary propane cylinder. The tee is equipped with a Female POL & Male ACME Thread, Excess Flow Soft Nose POL, 1 inch male throwaway cylinder thread and ? /5.
I might just leave it be until something stops working completely. When we purchase our Tiffin in I found oil in the system on our first trip. So after regulator replacement, etc. Great solution, Mike. That worked fine, but we always considered it a stop-gap measure until we stopped the oil from forming by lowering the pressure in the hose.
Hi guys! I was wondering, is there two regulators in between the thank and the BBQ. One at the exit on the T fitting and one on the Weber? You can see below, we have a barrel and installed at the back of the garage with a gas quick connector for easy installation and removal.
You can also see that the port has a local shut-off valve. This line is, as far as I know, involved in the buried tank in front of the main controller. It will be difficult to make sure everything fits together here. You need the following hoses and fittings.
The last seizure is the spell and it can take you few weeks to find it. We treat the hose coming out of the house like a propane bottle connection with a localized barrier at both ends.
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