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Old 03-06-2015, 01:27 PM   #1
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Replacing Surburban Stove Top

Just got a call from my local RV repair shop who after looking at my 2 burner Surburban stove top has given me a quote of over $200 dollars to "fix" my sticking gas valve on one of the burners. (They said due to US regulations the whole arm would have to be replace, not the small part that is the valve)
So, looking around I see I can purchase a brand new replacement from Scamp for $130. BUT….having never worked with propane appliances I'm wondering how difficult it would be to replace it myself.
Has anyone out there replaced their stove top, how difficult is it and do you have any hints to help?
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Just got a call from my local RV repair shop who after looking at my 2 burner Surburban stove top has given me a quote of over $200 dollars to "fix" my sticking gas valve on one of the burners. (They said due to US regulations the whole arm would have to be replace, not the small part that is the valve)<_<
So, looking around I see I can purchase a brand new replacement from Scamp for $130. BUT….having never worked with propane appliances I'm wondering how difficult it would be to replace it myself.
Has anyone out there replaced their stove top, how difficult is it and do you have any hints to help?
It is about a 2 on the DIY scale of 1-10 (1 being the easiest).
Shut off the propane and disconnect the line at the tank.
Remove the two screws which hold the top on the stove.
Remove the top.
Remove the screws holding the stove to the counter.
Disconnect the propane line .
Lift out the stove.
Reverse procedure to install new stove.

After installation "snoop" for leaks at the line connection and at the valves.
You can use a solution of 1 part dishwashing liquid to +- 20 parts water.
If you are not confident, ask a local handyman to do this, The job is way too easy to cost much for labor.
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I was hoping it would be that easy. Thanks so much for your input!😃


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Thumbs up you can do it

i think you can i think you can i know you can
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Old 03-06-2015, 06:10 PM   #6
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Years ago when I did propane and fuel oil service we had small tubes of a special grease for gas valves. Many times I pulled apart a stove valve, cleaned and greased it.
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If you know how a crescent wrench works you can easily replace the stovetop. The gas line fittings (and the existing line) are already flared. Swab some dish detergent over the fittings with the gas on and watch for bubbles when you are done to check for leaks.
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What happens though when you are replacing an older stove with a newer one? I know on the older trailers the propane connections look like they are in the wrong place for the new stove. That has always deterred me from changing them out.
What year is your Scamp?
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Dang. Over the years the foot print of the stove top has changed. Not so much about how it works. As long as you can replace something similar and the propane connections are on the correct side, you'll be golden.

Spray the connections with a combo of water and soap. If you see bubbles.. check it out! Be safe, okay?
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What happens though when you are replacing an older stove with a newer one? I know on the older trailers the propane connections look like they are in the wrong place for the new stove. That has always deterred me from changing them out.
What year is your Scamp?
You can remove the gas line back to the next fitting and make a new section of line to replace it. It is important to note that fresh copper tubing is more flexible than old tubing. Also note that Gas line coiled copper tubing is a different grade than water line coiled copper tubing. It is important to use the former.
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Okay....Changing out lines?....That's a bit intimidating, but I'll give it a go... Worse that can happen is it'll all end up in the shop.
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Okay....Changing out lines?....That's a bit intimidating, but I'll give it a go... Worse that can happen is it'll all end up in the shop.
That's really not likely. if your new stove is the same model, it will be a direct replacement.
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Changing or modifying a propane line involves fittings and a flaring tool. If you don't have this tool or know how to use it you are better off to have a shop do this job. Do not use compression fittings.
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Changing or modifying a propane line involves fittings and a flaring tool. If you don't have this tool or know how to use it you are better off to have a shop do this job. Do not use compression fittings.
What about a premade flexible stainless line? I have never used such myself but it might be worth look.
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