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Old 07-16-2010, 10:04 PM   #31
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Lily;

Thanks so much for the visit! The goodies will be put to good use. I'll post pics when I get the stuff installed. Enjoy your extended vacation! Now I'm off to shower away today's work and round-trip drive.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:21 PM   #32
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Lily- I don't know if I'd be so sure that it's safe. When a person does shoddy work, forgets portions of the work they're supposed to do- I'd give the whole system a good once over, or better yet- find another professional to give it a once over. If the pro's find it less than satisfactory, then you have a good chance of collecting back what you paid the monkeys that did that botch job.
Either a green employee, or stoned, or both, would call those good welds. I'd be pissed if this was done by a "professional" operation.
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:19 PM   #33
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Lily;

I concur with Bus-ted! That looks unsafe to say the least. Get a second opinion from a reputable shop before going on your trip. That work looks like a high school freshman did it. Once I looked at those pics many red flags went off in my mind. I can see pressure points that will fracture as you're going down the road. I don't see any places that are properly padded to prevent the lines from fracturing or isolating them from the bus vibrations. Perhaps the black lines are intended for vehicular use, but they still need to have the circular rubber pads to prevent chaffing and leaks to the copper line inside. In addition, didn't he say that was to be a 30 gallon tank? The data plate says it holds 12.2 gallons. The access door isn't secured either. There needs to be a latch to prevent debris from entering the compartment and causing damage. The reflector was removed and not repositioned. I see so many issues. PLEASE get this checked out!!!
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:54 PM   #34
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Lily-

After going back over your pics of their work, I can see several things I'd be concerned about. What M1031 noticed- ditto.
Also, I'm not familiar with Carpenter's construction methods, but I see they took off your rub rail to install the door, and am wondering if there's much impact protection at all. What do you have there structurally to protect the tank? If it's like my Thomas, there'd only be a piece of angle iron welded to the vertical supports between the windows. These guys didn't cut through anything critical, I hope. Personally, I'd want to beef up that area, regardless- similar as to how they build cages around the fuel tanks on buses these days.

I'm not an expert, but when it comes to the laying of your gas lines, I would agree with M1031 that there should be some rubber material in the hangers they used to prevent vibratory damage, which is a definite reality when mounting metal to metal on a vehicle.

I think you have a solid case for some MASSIVE refund- professional RV shop my pinky toe! By all means, tell us the name of this place, so that we can avoid it.
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:38 AM   #35
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I am fairly certain that copper line is not supposed to be used. I know copper is illegal to use either in natural gas or propane (in california). The chemicals in it will corrode the copper
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I am fairly certain that copper line is not supposed to be used. I know copper is illegal to use either in natural gas or propane (in california). The chemicals in it will corrode the copper
Yes, the lines are supposed to be brass......

In addition, why the "T" fitting? I can't believe they didn't have the propper pipe bending tools to avoid cutting the tube. Heck, I have three different pipe bending tools for different common size tubes/pipes.
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I am fairly certain that copper line is not supposed to be used. I know copper is illegal to use either in natural gas or propane (in california). The chemicals in it will corrode the copper
Yes, the lines are supposed to be brass......

In addition, why the "T" fitting? I can't believe they didn't have the propper pipe bending tools to avoid cutting the tube. Heck, I have three different pipe bending tools for different common size tubes/pipes.
The T is where the copper meets the black iron. We had discussed this before buildout, that T is there for future use should I want it. He could have used an elbow, instead.

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Ok, I understand the "T" now, but they needed to use brass anyway.......
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Drive safe, don't get in a hurry... and park in at least one Wal-Mart parking lot!
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Sounds fun! We want pictures!
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WOW!!! Nice job!
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