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Old 10-17-2010, 11:13 AM   #1
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Has anyone mounted the propane regulator off the camper body?

I have the typical* stock setup on the front of my 13-er. That is, one 20# propane bottle mounted on the tongue and held down with the Scamp-style two pieces of vertical flat bar, with the flexible pigtail hose leading to the regulator which is mounted on the front of the body below the belly band.

I'm currently in a spate of rivet elimination, and I could not help but notice that the regulator is riveted to the shell there (itchy drill finger ).

Now, I don't have any major, burning reason to move it; but on the other hand, I wonder what other options I have? Does anyone have the regulator mounted elsewhere/elseway? If so, would you mind sharing where/how?

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Raya

*Okay, I may be wrong about the "typical" part, but I've seen it on a few Boler 13's, including mine
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Old 10-17-2010, 03:17 PM   #2
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Ahhhh the regulator is mounted on the propane bottle on my Scamp. Just like a barbecue. I didn't know the regulator was mounted any other way on molded trailers. Guess I'm not very observant...
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Old 10-17-2010, 03:34 PM   #3
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Oh, nifty! Would you be able to post a photo sometime? I would love to see how that is situated. Also, since I may just order a new regulator when the time comes, is it a horizontal or vertical regulator?

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Old 10-17-2010, 08:33 PM   #4
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Raya, unless someone beats me to it, the earliest will be Tuesday. It's now dark outside and I'll get home after sundown tomorrow. Probably needlessly to say, but I leave in the morning at O-dark-thirty too.
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Old 10-17-2010, 09:55 PM   #5
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Okay, thanks Donna. I'll know you aren't just neglecting me

Anyone else have theirs not mounted on the camper body, and want to share info?

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Old 10-18-2010, 02:51 AM   #6
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This isn't a direct answer to your question BUT, the regulator on my twin tank setup is mounted vertical on the post between the tanks.

A regulator does not care how it is mounted as it works by pressure.

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Old 10-18-2010, 06:15 AM   #7
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This is how Scamp did it on my 09.
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:44 AM   #8
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Thanks, Joe! Great to have a photo.

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This isn't a direct answer to your question BUT, the regulator on my twin tank setup is mounted vertical on the post between the tanks.

A regulator does not care how it is mounted as it works by pressure.

Bill K
And Bill, that's interesting. Vintage Trailer Supply sells the same Regulator in both horizontal and vertical style. They say you should always have the vent pointing down (so this allows you to do that with one of the options).

Marshall One-Tank Regulator

Are they mistaken?

They also mention that a cover is required by RVIA (which I see on Joe's).

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Old 10-18-2010, 10:30 AM   #9
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The written word does it to me again. LOL

It will work vertical or horizontal, but the vent does have to be pointed down to prevent water getting inside the regulator.
I would do it that way without even thinking about it.

The cover may be for the horizontal one to keep out water.
I say this because my vertical one does not have a cover.

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And Bill, that's interesting. Vintage Trailer Supply sells the same Regulator in both horizontal and vertical style. They say you should always have the vent pointing down (so this allows you to do that with one of the options).

Marshall One-Tank Regulator

Are they mistaken?

They also mention that a cover is required by RVIA (which I see on Joe's).

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Old 10-18-2010, 11:19 AM   #10
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This may not be on all regulators, but some have threads inside the vent for extensions, usually to the out side, but with some smiple pipe fittings one could concievable mount the reguator anywhere and modify the vent accordingly, making the vent the high spot to keep dust from clogging it.
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:27 PM   #11
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The cover may be for the horizontal one to keep out water.
I say this because my vertical one does not have a cover.
Vintage sells one cover that looks like it fits both regulators (they don't specify that it only fits one and they sell both vertical and horizontal). They also say that all regulators are required to have covers. Of course I wouldn't take their word on it necessarily as it would not be the first time a company was wrong on what the rules are/aren't.

My current one has a cover, although it is the older "single" style regulator. I plan to replace it with a double, and was debating whether to remount it to the body or whether to eliminate yet two more rivets

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Old 10-19-2010, 02:33 PM   #12
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Here's what I did for my recent Trailswest Campster re-do.
BTW, the tank came from Costco and includes a gauge to tell me how much gas is inside...
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Old 10-19-2010, 02:41 PM   #13
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Hi Robert,

It looks like the regulator is inline with the hose? Is anything supporting it? I can't quite make out the details in the photo, but I would sure like to see more.

When I bought a new tank, I originally bought one with a small gauge. I ended up returning it (the handle cutouts didn't play well with my hold-downs) and several people mentioned that the gauge was not very accurate anyway (the new-new tank does not have a gauge, and I was lamenting that fact). This was a small dial of about 1.5" diameter with numbers and a green/yellow/red shading of the dial.

I just love those Compact Jr./Campsters! So far no luck in finding one though, so I'm going to town on my Boler in the meantime

Raya

PS: Oh, I just noticed that fitting where the propane hose goes into the body. Would you have a close up of that? Is it just a grommet type of thing? Looks a bit "marine-ish."
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The two-stage regulator is inline with the hose, but fastens directly to the tank. (Valve points down.)

My bulkhead fittings are simply a combination of threaded brass gas fittings and large washers (to spread the load of pressure), outside and inside , and a bit of butyl putty to help create a tight seal.
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