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Old 04-13-2016, 07:17 PM   #31
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Thanks for the idea. Having a custom hose made is definitely a possibility, and I could get it as long as I need. Even if I get them to just put a male coupler on one end and a female on the other, that would be good enough. One of the RV dealers here sells the Camco quick connects for about the same price as I could buy them online.
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:37 PM   #32
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I've been corresponding with a salesman at a local place that makes custom propane hoses, and they can make me one with a female coupler on one end and a quick connect fitting on the other, in a 20' length. Their price is higher than what I'm willing to pay, so I'll probably go with an off-the-shelf 15' hose with the fittings already attached.

I mentioned to the guy that I was thinking of connecting it with the 10' hose I'm using for the Weber grill to give me a total length of 30', allowing me to put the fire pit pretty much anywhere I want to on the campsite. He replied that he would be concerned that such a long run of hose would reduce the pressure and result in a smaller flame. I looked around on the Web and the best I could find is that 20' to 30' seems to be the maximum that other people are running propane hose, so if I go with a 15' plus the 10' I already have, that's 25', which is good enough for what I want.

But does anyone know if there's a limit to how long a propane hose can be run, without losing too much pressure?

FWIW, I haven't spent a dime on any of this yet, I'm just doing the research so I can get the right stuff the first time.
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I bought the Lowe's unit yesterday but haven't taken it from the box yet so I'm interested in what you guys decide to do. I definitely think I'll just use the propane tanks on the camper.
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It's still a week and a half before I get the trailer out of storage, so anything I do will have to wait until then. I have a birthday coming up soon, so I hinted that an outdoor portable propane fire pit would be a nice gift... But I'll probably go with the 15' replacement hose and see how it works, mostly for the convenience of not having to lug around a tank.
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I had my hose made 20' in length. I did not notice any difference in the flame size with the 20' hose and the 6' hose that came on the camp chef fire pit.
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I had my hose made 20' in length. I did not notice any difference in the flame size with the 20' hose and the 6' hose that came on the camp chef fire pit.
Good to know.
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hi veneta,

we really like our gas fire-pit. we carry an extra 20lb. tank to fuel it and our bbq. if it runs out, i just take one from front of trailer to use until we refill. that way we can place each where the weather/campsite dictate. if it rains, we use both under the awning. natural fires are great, but gas fire-pit, no fuss, no smoke smell, provides comfortable heat, and we can usually use it when camp fire bans are in effect. each camper has their preference which is great.

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Okay, the mod is done. What I did was buy the 15' hose extension from the RV place -- it seems that was the best price I could find, and they were 5 minutes from home. The threaded coupler was the same as what was on the fire pit, so it was literally just a matter of swapping the hoses around:





Here's the fire pit lit with the 15' hose in place, connected to the trailer's propane supply:



...And here's an image of the tag on the pit itself, saying that it requires 11" WC, the same as what the trailer supply provides:



I also tried it with the 15' hose connected to the fire pit along with the 10' hose I use for the Weber grill. I didn't notice any change in flame height or quality, so that gives me the option of 25' of hose length. I can put it pretty much anywhere on the campsite I want, and keep it well away from the awning. Exactly what I wanted!
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This is great! I love the idea of running off the onboard propane tanks, but I have a question. On our Whitehawk the quick disconnect is at the back of the trailer and the line runs the entire 27' length. The grill works fine with no issues, but I'm wondering if I wanted to add another 20' hose to use a gas firepit, putting the total hose length at 47' , would that be too long of a stretch? Otherwise, I could just carry an extra tank as we have plenty of room, so it's not a problem.
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This is great! I love the idea of running off the onboard propane tanks, but I have a question. On our Whitehawk the quick disconnect is at the back of the trailer and the line runs the entire 27' length. The grill works fine with no issues, but I'm wondering if I wanted to add another 20' hose to use a gas firepit, putting the total hose length at 47' , would that be too long of a stretch? Otherwise, I could just carry an extra tank as we have plenty of room, so it's not a problem.
From what my research tells me, the problem with having too long a hose is that the pressure may drop over too long a length. With a trailer, most of the runs are done with solid pipe, so there isn't as much of a pressure loss. So if you want to add 20' of hose on to the quick connect on the rear of your trailer, that should be okay, since the run of solid pipe isn't really a factor. Of course, I could be wrong.
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