So, when I replaced the propane tanks before our last trip I noticed that the hoses from the regulator to the tanks were hard and seemed brittle. I didn’t see any cracks, but it was just a matter of time before there was a failure. Seeing that these were likely original lines attached to the original 13 year old regulator I decided to replace both. I also used this as an opportunity to upgrade to an auto changeover regulator.
The job was really easy and only required a few tools. Below is a list of parts and tools used during this install.
- Camco 59005 Propane Double-Stage Auto-Changeover Regulator
- Camco 59053 12″ Pigtail Propane Hose Connector – Measure your existing hoses.
- PTFE Gas Line Pipe Thread Tape – make sure it’s yellow for use with gas
- Cordless drill
- Phillips screw driver to remove the old regulator from the mount
- 3/16″ drill bit to drill new holes in the mounting bracket
- 7/16″ & 9/16″ wrenches to tighten gas lines
- Leak detector spray or soapy water in a spray bottle to check for leaks after the install
WARNING: proceeding beyond this point and modifying your LP system can cause you to explode and die. Proceed at your own risk and take my word for what it is…internet advice from a novice.
Before stating the job make sure you turn off both tanks and then remove the hoses from each tank. I then removed the regulator with the bracket attached from the support. If you’re replacing the regulator and hoses you can just remove the hose coming into the bottom of the regulator. Once you have the regulator off there are only 2 screws holding the regulator to the mounting bracket.
After the regulator is removed from the mount check to see if the holes line up with the new regulator. I decided to drill new holes so I could adjust the placement slightly. When you have the holes finished reinstall the regulator on the mount using the 2 provided screws.
Next I installed the gas line into the bottom of the regulator. This is where you’ll need a wrap or 2 of the PTFE tape on the threads.
Now that the hose is installed you can put the regulator back on the support and install both of the 12″ hoses that go to the tanks. These hoses have different fittings and don’t need PTFE tape. After the pigtail hoses are attached to the regulator go ahead and reinstall the rest of the tank support hardware.
At this point everything is back together and you can reattach the hoses to the tanks. Before turning the valves back on get your spray ready to check for leaks. Turn the gas back on, spray each connection, and turn the gas off if you see any bubbles or smell gas. Turn the lever over to the other bottle to reset the empty bottle indicator and then select which bottle will be the primary as indicated by the arrow on the handle. You can now begin to test your gas appliances to make sure gas is flowing properly.
This whole install took me about 30 minutes and I now have a way to visually see when a tank is empty. I also have the peace of mind knowing my hoses aren’t likely to rupture at any moment.