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Old 06-03-2016, 01:25 PM   #1
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Bent propane quick connect

On our recent trip, when we arrived at a campsite, I saw that the quick connect for propane had been bent toward the rear of the trailer so that the valve was partly open. We assume this was caused by some sort of road debris being kicked up into the trailer. Looking underneath, I saw that the tubing between where the quick connect is secured to the trailer frame and underneath the trailer was also bent backwards, I gently straightened the quick connect end and it seems to work fine.

I am concerned that if it happens again, that the trailer propane system would be disabled. (This is a good reason to travel with propane off, as I always do.) I am planning to put some sort of angle or bar before the tubing to protect it.

Has anyone else had this problem? Has anyone else taken steps to protect the tubing?
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:41 PM   #2
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Do you have splash guards on your tow vehicle? That may help with some debris...
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Do you have splash guards on your tow vehicle? That may help with some debris...
Yes, we have splash guards. We think the debris was a piece of retread that we were unable to avoid.
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On our recent trip, when we arrived at a campsite, I saw that the quick connect for propane had been bent toward the rear of the trailer so that the valve was partly open. We assume this was caused by some sort of road debris being kicked up into the trailer. Looking underneath, I saw that the tubing between where the quick connect is secured to the trailer frame and underneath the trailer was also bent backwards, I gently straightened the quick connect end and it seems to work fine.

I am concerned that if it happens again, that the trailer propane system would be disabled. (This is a good reason to travel with propane off, as I always do.) I am planning to put some sort of angle or bar before the tubing to protect it.

Has anyone else had this problem? Has anyone else taken steps to protect the tubing?
while doing a build sheet and reading what info about it...the 1st thought that came to mind seeing a picture of it previously ...was that pipe thing hanging out in space by itself is an accident waiting to happen...not sure what the stats are for that happening...but didn't choose to put it on a build sheet unless there was some protective metal/better design for it...and after looking at your posted pic, pretty much confirms original thought..
if it ain't too much trouble could you post a pic looking from the ground up at the bent pipe and its connection to the propane tubing..thanks
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Old 06-03-2016, 04:26 PM   #5
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Ouch.

I believe that the gas line is bendable copper with a protective covering. That stuff is not supposed to be repeatedly bent and can be kinked, so I would look at it carefully to see if that piece should be replaced; if it does, the flare connections should be reasonably straightforward. This might be one reason that many RVs use iron pipe with threaded connections under the floor (although it's heavier and it means dealing with tapered pipe threads).

For those without Escape's optional front storage box, relocating the outlet might be worth considering - on top of the tongue wouldn't be much further away and would be very well protected.
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Old 06-03-2016, 04:33 PM   #6
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while doing a build sheet and reading what info about it...the 1st thought that came to mind seeing a picture of it previously ...was that pipe thing hanging out in space by itself is an accident waiting to happen...not sure what the stats are for that happening...but didn't choose to put it on a build sheet unless there was some protective metal/better design for it...and after looking at your posted pic, pretty much confirms original thought..
if it ain't too much trouble could you post a pic looking from the ground up at the bent pipe and its connection to the propane tubing..thanks
I have it, but another thing I don't like about the location is that is so close to the door step. I may relocate my toward the rear of the trailer, if possible. I have not looked under the trailer to see if that is ideal or not.
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A few ideas I have seen to protect the QC seem like a good retrofit to do, and could be adapted to fit on an Escape. My favourite is the second option.





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I am considering buying this Bullfinch Gas Point to use. I would have to install it after the fact myself, as being from the UK, I doubt it is CSA approved. I am considering doing it on the front under the loft, and near the passenger side. I have contacted them, and they will ship international.

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I have it, but another thing I don't like about the location is that is so close to the door step. I may relocate my toward the rear of the trailer, if possible.
You might consider on top of the frame rail where it comes out from under the trailer body, just before the bumper. Easy mounting and highly protected.

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A few ideas I have seen to protect the QC seem like a good retrofit to do, and could be adapted to fit on an Escape. My favourite is the second option...
Good ideas. The third one appears to be rigid pipe with supports to the frame and the side of the step frame.

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I am considering buying this Bullfinch Gas Point to use. I would have to install it after the fact myself, as being from the UK, I doubt it is CSA approved.
It looks like a tidy setup, but you need to be willing to use hose over a barb with a clamp, which is normal Euro practice but definitely part of your 'not CSA-spec' issue.
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Before I bought my 19' I specifically asked Reace about the possibility of the quick connect getting bent, as it looked from the on-line pictures that it was in a vulnerable spot for damage. He indicated that he didn't think that damage was likely to be an issue. We went for that option and are happy that we did. However, it does look as if (from at least this one incident) that there is some possibility of damage. After having used ours quite extensively, I no longer have any concerns about it, but do recognize that there is a possibility of road debris hitting it.
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