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Old 09-10-2014, 10:09 AM   #51
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Rich, I'm hoping that someone else who has done this can help you here. I just went out to my propane guy and told him what I wanted to do and he went into the shop and made the connection for me. If you look at the picture above closely, you'll see that the green valve handle is original to the set-up and feeds propane directly into the dual propane regulator. From that point there is a T connection with the red valve going directly to the propane tank and the green ball valve feeding propane to the 15-foot hose. Brian provided a link above for a simple unit to use; I wanted a splitter in the configuration so I wouldn't have to disconnect the propane tank from the trailer system every time I wanted to use it for cooking. If I had to do it again, I would get a longer hose, probably twenty feet, but overall I am very pleased with the set-up.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:10 AM   #52
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Coleman has been around long before fiberglass trailers as well as quick connections and sometimes innovations do not always work with "old school" but that is not to say the old fashioned way is outmoded. With three electric, propane, and butane appliances available this weekend, we still cooked over the open fire on a cast iron skillet and it was memorable and tasty.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:55 AM   #53
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Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much for all your comments, and the issue about the stove is very moot. I'll probably just put it back in the box and take it back. We'll use our MSR Backpacking stoves till we sort out the correct stove. I'll search the archives folks for further input.


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Old 09-10-2014, 05:18 PM   #54
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They are "guilty." Coleman camp stoves, etc are one of the most widely used brands. I am warning newbies, to not purchase that brand of grill, etc and expect it to work on the quick connect, it won't...
In all our discussions I don't think we've found any brand of comparable product which will work. Rather than essentially saying "don't buy Coleman", I think a much more useful bit of advice would be "don't buy any lightweight portable campstove and expect it to work with a low-pressure source".

If a newbie needs help and is willing to read one thread, I think it would be helpful to direct them to Hooking up camp stove and BBQ to the quick connect propane outlet.

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... while others will.
What other brand of stove of a comparable type works? The comparable stoves from Camp Chef - the brand most discussed here - will not work (i.e. they, too, are "guilty" of building equipment appropriate for the intended purpose. ).
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:56 PM   #55
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Just found this; looks like an over-the-counter setup similar to Karen's:RV Appliance Connection System
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:25 PM   #56
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Just found this; looks like an over-the-counter setup similar to Karen's:RV Appliance Connection System
Yes, it surely does look the same. And it costs exactly what I paid to have one made (with all those brass fittings). The only difference is that my guy insisted on putting a lever (ball) valve between the T and the hose to my "remote" appliance (Coleman stove) to bleed off the propane when not in use to prevent gumming up of the hose and fittings. The same could be accomplished simply by disconnecting the hose from the T.
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Here's a couple utube video's on converting a Coleman Roadtrip to the trailer quick disconnect. I've not tried pulling apart the Coleman stove to gas bottle assembly to see if it's the same. Might try it when we get back east.



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Just found this; looks like an over-the-counter setup similar to Karen's:RV Appliance Connection System
Tee fittings to intercept propane at the tank outlet are pretty common (but not cheap); a common brand is Marshall's Extend-A-Flow (I use an older version of this brand). The unusual feature of the Propane Products design is that they use a (high pressure) quick-disconnect: most (including Karen's and Marshall's) use the same 1"-20 thread "needle valve" a.k.a. "appliance" connector, so the hose from tee to appliance is a readily available type.

Karen also included a shutoff valve, which is an extra feature not found on the commercial products; the needle valve and (according to Propane Products) the high-pressure quick connect fittings include automatic shutoff valves, but the manual valve is an extra feature which adds a backup and may also make disconnecting safer and more pleasant (by reducing the spurt of propane which results from disconnecting the hose under pressure).
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Hopefully, Coleman's good name is restored with the two videos.
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