Post by ontheroad716 on May 28, 2021 6:44:36 GMT -8
I recently acquired a 1968 Blazon. You can find the introductory thread here.
The trailer as I acquired it does have two propane tanks and attached lines. The lines are completely rotted, and when I turned the gas on I found several leaks including right at the manifold. The lines originally serviced a stovetop and a furnace inside the camper. The previous owner removed the furnace entirely, replaced the stovetop with a newer model, but terminated the propane lines underneath the trailer and never ran them back inside. Some photos of the tanks and lines below:
In the second photo, the propane lines are the dark ones with the splitter in the middle. The light colored line is romex that is servicing an exterior outlet. We will talk about that in another thread.
Anyway, my thoughts are to remove the propane system completely. I was going to use that front area of the a-frame for a battery box to house my two batteries. I was curious to know if anyone had any strong recommendations AGAINST removing the propane system. We plan on doing our cooking outside of the camper, keeping a small microwave inside for heating up leftovers or making quick meals. Heat will hopefully be taken care of by an electric air conditioner/heat pump combo in the future. The only thing I can think of that I might potentially need the propane for is if I were to add a water heater in the future. Also, I guess if we had a portable propane grill it would be nice to be able to have the tanks mounted at the front for when we cook outside. If I keep the system, the tanks and lines will have to be replaced new. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks!
I always keep the propane system and the lines of old copper are usually better than you can buy new. At least thicker walled and less likely to be damage. What do you mean, "the lines are rotted"? Do they have visual holes in the line itself or fittings? The gas lines are fairly easy to re-connect with the right fittings.
If you remove the tanks, leave the lines for the next guy. No propane means a lower re-sell price to some. Cooking outside is what we do, with a Coleman stove.
Most BBQs will not work off a regulated trailer system (11" wc) but will work directly off the tank. In other words, the trailer pressure is too low unless the BBQ is specifically designed to operate at that pressure. The tongue tank would be handy to have for a propane stove; the gas will last a long time.
Since the stove top isn't vintage, it probably doesn't matter if it's there or not. I would keep it if you ever want to sell.