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Old 07-18-2018, 08:19 AM   #1
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Reposition Propane Quick Connect? Battery Disconnect?

Our first outing went very well, everything worked!

A couple things are bothering me though.

First issue, the propane quick coupler for the grill is on the front of the trailer. Iíd prefer it on the rear.
I have a manifold on the back that I assume is breaking the line to the water heater and furnace.
Iím thinking I can take loose one of the lines and screw in a tee, then screw the old and new lines into that. Iíd have to come up with some kind of mount for the coupler.
Has anyone done this! Iíd sure like to have some input.

Here is the rear manifold;

And here is the front quick coupler manifold.

This is basically what I want to do at the rear, but will probably just use a brass tee instead of another manifold. I called the manufacturer of the manifold and they donít sell to the public. Iíd prefer to avoid a dealer. Iíd love to find one with mounting holes like these.

Another issue, or question is the battery switch. Is it normal to have several systems still active with the switch off? Iím not sure what all is still hot with it off but for sure the front jack/leveling system and both slides.

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Old 07-18-2018, 01:29 PM   #2
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The battery switch does not turn of everything. You have to pull the cable off of install a large shut off switch.
As far as the grill goes, your picture does not show everything need for an exact answer. In general most grills if they can hook up to to the small 1lb bottles are high pressure grills. The fitting on the front must be between the bottle shut of valve and the pressure regulator to be a high pressure source. If it is after the regulator you will need a low pressure grill. (Not many low pressure grills around.)
https://www.campingworld.com/low-pre...rill?rrec=true


If you have a low pressure grill, a tee on the back would work.
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I want to add a rear quick connector too. Etrailer has a fair amount of propane stuff. Here’s a quick connect set: https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...52-401132.html

Is a standard backyard grill that hooks to a 20# bottle and has a regulator on the grill hose a high or low pressure grill?

I assumed low because of the regulator but realized I don’t know what the campers regulator nor the grill’s regulator is set at. I had planned to eventually remove the grill’s regulator and use the camper supply once I add the rear quick connect. We used the grill for the first time last weekend and just used a 20# bottle as I’ve not had time to investigate further what I need to do. But I also assumed I would add a T and a second quick connect. Pic below.
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Old 07-18-2018, 03:49 PM   #4
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Yes, sorry should have added, it’s a low pressure Camp Chef grill.
I’ll probably just go with the brass tee and fab some kind of mount to add rigidity.

Hoping the access to the other end of the water heater hose isn’t too bad.

Like your setup RodneynDawnT!
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Old 07-18-2018, 04:17 PM   #5
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The biggest benefit of a battery switch is to disconnect anything that might drain your batteries while in storage, such as propane alarms and anything with an on/off switch that could be left on (TV antenna pre-amp, water pump, radio, etc).

My former TT didn't have a battery switch and, when I added one, I left the tongue jack and my solar panels connected directly to the battery for convenience. I didn't have an electric leveling system. Neither of these systems is going to accidentally drain your batteries since their switches are momentary and are only on while you're pressing them.
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Old 07-18-2018, 05:14 PM   #6
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Oh. I forgot to mention that my battery switch does not turn off everything either, presumably for the reasons mentioned. I discovered that Sunday.
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Larry, I think that you should have no problem. The front quick coupler manifold on my unit did not have a rock guard, so I made one out of dimond plate. They quit installing these rock guards in 2016. Cost cutters.
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Rodney: (Is a standard backyard grill that hooks to a 20# bottle and has a regulator on the grill hose a high or low pressure grill?)


answer: High pressure
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Rodney: (Is a standard backyard grill that hooks to a 20# bottle and has a regulator on the grill hose a high or low pressure grill?)


answer: High pressure
Thanks.

Couple questions:
What pressure does the camperís regulator put out?
What pressure does the regulator on a backyard grill put out?
So, I woud need to split off an unregulated line at my bottles, run it to the rear and leave the regulator on the grill (or move the grill regulator to where I split off at the bottles) right?
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Rodney: (Is a standard backyard grill that hooks to a 20# bottle and has a regulator on the grill hose a high or low pressure grill?)


answer: High pressure
I may have gotten myself confused. But the little googling Iíve done when I can find specs on a backyard grill regulator, the pressure is 11Ē water column and what I found says that an rv regulator is 11Ē water column. So why isnít a typical backyard grill low pressure?
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Larry, I think that you should have no problem. The front quick coupler manifold on my unit did not have a rock guard, so I made one out of dimond plate. They quit installing these rock guards in 2016. Cost cutters.
You know I was thinking that thing looks pretty vulnerable sticking out there. Any chance you can post a pic of the rock guard?

The battery switch not isolating the systems on momentary switches makes perfect sense, thanks!
Is it common practice to disconnect the battery between trips? I guess Iím just paranoid.....
I have no 110 power at the storage facility so a dead battery would be a major PITA.
Seems the jack having power would make theft a lot easier too.

Thanks so much everyone, great forum!!
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When I picked up my camper from storage last week the battery was too low for the jack to lift but an inch or two. I backed the truck as close as possible and plugged the camper trailer plug into the truck so I would have 12V to use the jack.
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I may have gotten myself confused. But the little googling Iíve done when I can find specs on a backyard grill regulator, the pressure is 11Ē water column and what I found says that an rv regulator is 11Ē water column. So why isnít a typical backyard grill low pressure?

The only difference that I can think of is since the grills run off their own tank they require the regulator. There might be some that need more or less pressure but I have no idea what models might. We use a Weber Q2200 running off the camper LP supply. All I did was remove the grill's regulator and buy a retrofit kit that had all of the fittings and a 12 ft gas hose. It has worked well so far.
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Is it common practice to disconnect the battery between trips? I guess Iím just paranoid.....

Not paranoia. Even with a deep cycle battery excessive discharge will greatly shorten its life. I use the battery disconnect whenever I get back from a trip. Every few weeks, maybe a month I hook it up to a battery charger to make sure it is at full charge. My charger came with two sets of cables. The typical spring clamp and an outdoor connector similar to a trailer 4-pin. I hooked the outdoor connector permanently to the battery so all I have to do is plug in when I want to charge. Of course I only do this when I know it isn't going to rain as the charger sits outside.
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