I got 99 problems and cracked propane lines are one.... wait, what?
Propane is super important whether you're a weekend warrior or a full-time RVer. You use it for all of your cooking, hot water heater, and heating your camper in the winter. When you have cracked propane lines, this can be quite problematic. But have no fear, Black Widow Adventures is here!
The Propane Problem
Yep, we sprang a leak!
First off, we don't run through too much propane, especially in the summer, but we ran through a 30 lb propane tank in two weeks, with it finally going out in the middle of me cooking dinner. When we went to change the tank over we heard the gas leaking and quickly found the problem.
Our propane lines were original to the 2015 camper and had cracked and corroded away leaving nice gaps for the propane to escape to. Thankfully this is an easy fix! So easy I, Dallas, a tiny female, can do myself!
The original hoses. Notice all the cracks? Yea that's bad...
Parts we Chose
We upgraded our propane hoses for our fifth wheel with 12" braided stainless steel lines so that we wouldn't have to replace them in another five years. These are the hoses that we ordered. We are quite happy with the quality! It even comes with the tape that you need. Perfect, right?
Fixin' the Problem
Step one put on gangsta rap... I swear by this step. Nothing like some sweet jams to get you feeling invincible like you can fix literally every problem ever in the world. Ever. Pick a good song because it shouldn't take longer than one to get you through this problem.
Once you've got your motivational music and you're new parts you ordered via Amazon Prime, remove the old propane hoses. Make sure your tanks are completely closed before doing this!
Next, take your new propane hose and the Teflon tape and wrap the 1/4 inch fitting 3 times.
Now that you've got your fitting taped, screw it into the regulator and tighten using a couple of wrenches. Make sure they are snug.
Once your fittings are connected, hook the hoses up to the propane tanks.
A good way to check for leaks is to spray them with soapy water after you're finished connecting them. Check for bubbles. If you see any, they are not tight enough. If you cannot get them any tighter without seeing bubbles, close the propane tanks and disconnect the hose to redo the tape on the fitting. Try again until there are no more bubbles.
Now that you've got a bubble-free propane zone, crack a cold one and relax!
I told you it should only take one badass motivational song.
Not every problem in an RV has to be hard to fix. We loved how simple this fix was, especially since propane is such a large part of our modern comforts in our fifth wheel.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to comment below or shoot me a message via the contact page.
Stay golden Black Widow Tribe!
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