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Old 08-30-2015, 05:50 PM   #1
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BBQ quick-connect after the fact?

When we got our Escape 17B we opted for almost ALL the options.

Except for the propane quick-connect.

BOY do we regret it. Our Baby Q is draining little propane cans like nobody's business.

How difficult is it to retrofit a propane quick connect? We are not mechanically inclined -- curious if anyone has ever had this done by a pro, and if so how much it cost?

Thanks!
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Old 08-30-2015, 06:12 PM   #2
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It's not complex or difficult, but it is propane plumbing so you need to be sure that it is done right. The easiest way to do it is to tee in at the front of the trailer, if you don't mind having the outlet up there.

The other option is to stay with a high-pressure setup and just put a tee in at a tank (or just connect to the spare tank) and use an extension hose... no modification to the trailer's propane system. Again, if you use a tank sitting on the bracket the tongue, the hose will need to run to the front of the trailer.
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Old 08-30-2015, 06:23 PM   #3
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I use a 10lb. tank with my Weber Q.
I can put the Q anywhere on my site, or take it to the beach.
Used to have a 5lb.tank, which are also available. Either will cost more than a 20lb. tank, but cheaper than propane plumbing.
It's also handy to have as backup for the full size grill at home.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:08 PM   #4
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Brian, so if we were willing to pay the $ (and that would depend on how much $ we're talking about), could we have a pro install a T that'd be closer in line with where Reace would have put the connect in, which if I'm right is by the door? Or at this point would we have to T off the front? Glenn, I suspect we'll end up going with your smaller tank in the end (thanks for the idea), but still curious about the retrofit.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:26 PM   #5
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Pretty much any RV repair shop could plumb in the low pressure quick connect to wherever you like it. It really is an easy job, and I imagine would be about an hours labour, plus parts.

I just love having a LP QC, and plan to use both the BBQ and a stove with it in the future. Only twice in the 3 years of owning my Spitfire BBQ have I had any need to use it away from the trailer, and it is about a 2 minute ordeal to put the regulator back on.

Using a high pressure tee with a hose is another real easy thing to do, something you could set up yourself. Saves on having an extra bottle, seeing you have two already. This is the method used by just about everyone I came with, other than a couple of us with low pressure connections. Actually, I use both, as I need the high pressure for my Coleman stove, and have had the tee for 20 years now.

Like everything with our trailers, there are dozens of different ways of doing things. I much prefer not to have an extra tank to tote along, and the hose is easy to store.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:51 PM   #6
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Jim, thanks -- we'd do the smaller tank that Glenn suggested in a pinch, but if it was possible to have it plumbed in, as Reace would have done in the first place, that'd obviously be way easier over the life of the trailer. Generally we'll drag our site's picnic table to the left of the door, as we're facing the trailer, and put the BBQ right there for easy fridge/kitchen access, so a T from the front means a long extension -- another (explosive) thing to trip over. I'm curious though, would they actually have to pop a hole in the trailer shell?
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I'm curious though, would they actually have to pop a hole in the trailer shell?
They would tee off under the trailer body, no need for a hole in the shell. All the gas for the inside appliances runs underneath to near the location of each appliance before entering.
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Gotcha, so you'd just have to reach under to hook up? Would that be awkward to access or is it just a quick snap? Not sure if those connectors are different (hubby is actually the "gas man" -- in more ways than this, sadly
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And thx Santacruzer -- you could do that in the line near the fridge, so that the connect would tee off there?
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