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Old 05-19-2014, 07:44 PM   #1
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Hooking up camp stove and BBQ to the quick connect propane outlet.

I haven't been very active contributing to this forum, but I have been a regular follower. Thanks for all the tips! Now that we'll be taking our 19 out a lot more as we're retired, I have a quick question. You guys seem to be pretty helpful and knowledgeable when it comes to solving problems.!
How do I hook up my camp stove which currently takes the little one lb cylinders to the on board propane system. None of the RV dealers in Lacombe seem to know. Is the pressure the same and what fittings do I need to make the transition from the quick connect? Same thing with the portable BBQ. Does it work or do I need some special regulator/adapters to hook it up?
I'm sure some of you have faced the same issues and resolved it!
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:01 PM   #2
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The quick connect will not work with a Coleman-type stove without adaptors. I had my propane guy make fittings to run off the main propane tanks and it works great...
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:16 PM   #3
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Like Karen says, you can't hook the Coleman stoves to the low-pressure quick connect.

The pressure at this quick connect is lower than at the tank, or in the 1 lb disposable bottles. If you were to connect your Coleman stove here, you would be effectively using 2 pressure regulators in series, and will end up with too much of a pressure drop, and a very poor performance out of your stove.

I have looked hard for a way to remove the pressure regulator from the Coleman stove, and replace with connections to hook it to the low-pressure connection, but it seems Coleman uses a proprietary style fittings, that you can't find elsewhere. Still trying to figure something out though, as I sure do love the connection for the BBQ.

There are a couple low pressure stoves you can buy that would work. Camp chef makes some.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:56 PM   #4
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Does anyone have an "Everest" camp chef stove with the quick connect and does it work?
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:10 PM   #5
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The above posts are correct - you need an appliance (stove or barbecue) set up for low-pressure propane if you want to use that connection. For perspective: the pressure in a tank (of any size) at 60°F / 16°C is 92 PSIG / 637 kPa... and substantially higher on a hotter day. The trailer's regulator takes that down to the industry-standard 11 inches of water column (which is only 2.7 kPa or 0.4 psi). Appliances which connect directly to propane tanks or cylinders include their own regulator... but they don't necessarily regulate down to that standard pressure.

As Jim mentioned, there are some stoves which can work on common low-pressure propane (by not using the regulator which normally comes with them for direct tank use); there are also some barbecues which can be adapted this way. The RVQ is a barbecue which is setup for low-pressure propane as standard equipment, and aimed specifically at RVs. Three factors which get in the way of doing a conversion to an appliance not designed specifically for it:
  • regulator and control are sometimes combined - you can't eliminate it because then you would have no way to control the burner
  • controls may be designed for use at controlled input pressure which is higher than the common low-pressure supply
  • connections between components in the stove can use unusual connection types - it can be difficult to find the parts to safely make new connections
Of course, all the stoves designed for use built-in inside an RV (such as the ones in Escape trailers) are designed to work on standard low-pressure propane supply, so one of them can be mounted in a portable box for outside use. It was (and may still be) common for tent trailers (or pop-ups) to have one of these stoves, set up to be movable and equipped with a connector to plug in outside or inside as desired.
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Does anyone have an "Everest" camp chef stove with the quick connect and does it work?
I don't have a Camp Chef stove, but it seems unlikely that an Everest would work on low pressure. From the Q&A on Camp Chef's Everest High Pressure Two-Burner Stove web page (in addition to the name...):
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Can I connect this to my RV?
None of the mountain series can be connected to a RV. All the Mountain Series stoves are considered high pressure stoves, therefore they are not compatible with the low pressure RV system.
The regulator and propane supply tube for this stove look like those used with Coleman stoves.

Camp Chef's "Mountain" series also includes the Ranier and Teton. Their web page for their RV connection hose suggests that any other stove they have that doesn't include "high pressure" in the name of the stove will work on low pressure. I note, however, that Camp Chef stoves (other than the Mountain series) typically weigh 20 pounds or more in single-burner models, and twice that in double burner models... maybe a lot to be carrying in a lightweight travel trailer.

They also suggest that the same hose works for "most BBQ Grills"... presumably on the basis that most grills have a regulator that screws directly into the propane tank and puts out the standard low pressure; replacing the stock hose with regulator with hose like this supplies the same pressure and everything works (this is how most Camp Chefs stoves work). To see if this applies to your grill, see if it has a regulator at the tank end of the hose, check the pressure marked on that regulator, and check the type of connection at the grill end of the hose.
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We currently hook it up to a larger 10 lb tank with an adapter- if it works on that would it necessarily mean it would work on the quick connect?
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We currently hook it up to a larger 10 lb tank with an adapter- if it works on that would it necessarily mean it would work on the quick connect?
I've used this too with my Coleman stove, but the tank didn't have a regulator. I ran the hose to the regulator on the stove. Guess that makes a difference.... no regulator on the tank....
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Using the quick connect there is a regulator at the source. Then you have another regulator at the appliance. That's too many regulators. So, no, the appliance will not work properly.
Might as well keep using the 10 lb. tank, as I do.
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Jim Bennett bought the Dickinson Spitfire 180 and I followed his lead. One of the accessories is a low pressure regulator.

Web site is: DickinsonMarine.com - Marine Propane Barbeques
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