Post by bgsimons12 on Oct 31, 2020 12:34:53 GMT -8
Hey all - I am replacing my regulator and hose to my 1970 shasta compact. The end of the hose that went to the camper apparently doesn't exist anymore according to the local dealer. He said that someone jerry rigged the whole thing at some point. I have attached a picture of that female fitting and also the male that is on the camper. I tried replacing with a 1/2 inch female sae flared and it is too big. Any ideas what I could use?
It might be a compression type fitting or inverted flare but I think you should change it out. It looks as if the threads are messed up. I wouldn't try to keep the original because if it fails on the road, you won't be able to find parts.
What is on the back of that fitting? Unscrew it and take a look. If it's similar, again it's possible it's compression or inverted flare. I would cut the copper tubing, slip a 3/8 flare nut on and flare the tubing. Then you're ready to intall a 3/8 flare union turning the connection into a male 3/8 flare.
Most hoses from the regulator (3/8 IP) have a 3/8 flare female to the trailer. Easy peasy connection to the male 3/8 flare. You can clamp the copper line to the trailer and the connection will be secure.
I'm working on a '67 compact. The photo below is what they used on mine, but looks like they've changed fittings by the time they got to yours. Where as mine connects to black iron pipe and goes through the plywood floor, I'm guessing yours is the fitting the "mounts" through the metal. It probably is just a small fitting, straight or 90, that has a flare fitting on the back that connects to the copper line or small manifold? As vikx mentioned, it looks like a 3/8? inverted flare fitting (common as dirt in the camper world). You should be able to pick one of those up at any camper supply place or at your local propane / LP dealer service center.
The fittings are the same flare style connector at both ends in the picture, just one is to fit over the black iron pipe and one is designed to go into the fitting (it's a male / female thing). The fitting going straight up went to the stove, the one on the right went to the heater, and the one on the left went to the gas light. Just my 2 cents worth, hope it helps.
As always, just my thoughts and opinions, didn't say they were good ones...
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The only inverted flare fittings I've found lately are the 1/4" ones that fit regulators. There are a LOT of brass fittings that are no longer made or are scarce.
A few years ago, brass fittings needed NO LEAD which meant that all were changed out to a new type. Not only are the new fittings more brittle (apt to split or crack under stress) but there aren't as many available. It's really frustrating. I asked my friend at ACE and she said the fittings were also used for water, thus "no lead".