Time to plumb the bus with propane

Before Installing new Propane System

Shortly after moving into the Bus, we quickly needed to get our stove working. Eating only microwaveable food was not a diet that we really wanted to stick with for long.

Within about a week, I hooked up our regulator, and a few device lines (the yellow flexible pipes from an appliance to a shut off valve), to the tanks and the stove. This at least allowed us to use the Oven and the Stove for a couple of months. Mainly getting us off from the microwave diet.

Winter is coming, and that means no more cold showers. During summer, our fresh water tank stays rather warm all day. Warm enough that we can comfortably shower in the evenings. But with the temperature falling as we end the season, our water is cooling down along with it.

Time for a water heater

We fully anticipated needing a water heater. From the beginning, we purchased a Propane Tankless Water Heater from Amazon. However during the build, we discovered I had mismeasured the spot it was going to be mounted. We decided to relocate it to the back of the bus, however this was a delay that we didn’t have time for. So….. we just went without it up ’til now.

But the dinky little propane setup I cobbled together just won’t do. Leaving me with only one option. Upgrade our propane delivery/distribution system (aka Plumbing). I knew this was coming, but I was really hoping to come up with a better solution by now.

Installing rigid Gas Lines (Black Iron Pipe)

I only have a couple of concerns with the Black Pipe installation. Being under the bus, it is going to get a lot of vibration. Vibration typically undoes joints in piping that is screwed/twisted together. Black pipe being threaded and screwed together, will have to be monitored closely, and checked after each road trip. Mainly to see if any joints vibrated loose, and are leaking.

Second, I am concerned a little about a lighting strike or short circuit situation. Having the pipes Grounded per NEC code seems good. But, the bus is not always “Grounded”. The AC & DC systems are bonded to the Chassis, but it is a floating ground while on the road, or parked without a Shore Power hookup. I can’t find any information about the safety of this.

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