Just finished up some maintenance
on my propane
system. Had to replace a few so called "marine grade" components. Tired of paying obviously ridiculous prices for these items that are no more marine
grade than what you get at Home Depot. So, found some alternatives in the non-marine market place. Thought I would pass these suggestions along.
LP Solenoid. What a huge rip off. WM & Defender sell standard 1/4" solenoids for $50-65 each. I picked up exactly the same product (same actual manufacturer and model number) for $15 from a company that services LP gas driven forklifts. For less than the $60 I would have spent for one, I replaced mine and bought two spares.
LP Check Valve "T" by Marshall Gas. I had a so-called "marine grade" two-tank changeover/regulator by Trident that costs $150-200 in the marine
marketplace. It of course corroded to oblivion within in few years...so much for "marine grade". You can buy essentially the exact same product for about $50 in the RV market. I don't like "automatic" change overs because I want to know when the first tank runs out. So, I found a very slick little product which I really like: It is a simple compact brass "T" with a check-valve inside of it. So, you can connect two tanks
with this "T" and when you remove one to be filled the check-valve stops the flow out the vacant hose. To switch tanks
just close one tank valve and open the other. Simple, compact, non-corrosive, and only $15. See MARSHALL Disc Check Tee - FSI
I mounted all of these components along with the regulator
in a weather
proof plastic junction box to help protect them better.
Now, time to get out of here and go cruise-test this stuff!