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Old 07-16-2012, 06:48 AM   #1
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Hi All,
Bought a new 2012 Visa 19 ERD about 6 weeks ago and just joined. The missus and I took a 3 day shakedown cruise right after we bought it and it's been in the dealer's shop for a month. Nothing serious but it took the dealer forever to replace a dry rotted tire and the microwave. Something about warranty authorization?? Anyway we have it back now and we'll be heading over to Sebastian Inlet SP next week for another go.

I do have one question (likely the first of many). I noticed that the LPG line that runs under the trailer is black iron. This pipe has a tee'd off quick connect fitting (female) and valve near the forward end on the passenger side. I asked the dealer if they had the hose or quick connect male fitting and they sold me a $40 quick coupling (both halves). Of course, the new quick connector doesn't match the one the factory installed so now I have to replace the factory bits and find a hose that will mate mate with whatever appliance and the male quick connector. The question is, Does anyone know if there's actually an accessory hose or connector that mates with the factory set-up? Someone must have solved this before.

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Old 07-17-2012, 11:16 AM   #2
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Congrats and welcome!

We constructed our own connector hose to connect a modified Weber Q100 grill (the regulator needs to be removed since the LP is already low pressure at the quick-connect). Details and a parts list are on our blog: www.visaadventures.blogspot.com

I had initially ordered the wrong male quick-connect fitting, but a phone call to the nice folks at www.bigway.com took care of that - they asked a few identifying questions and knew exactly which one I needed (which is the one listed on our blog.)

And a side note: Even with the tire repair, keep an eye on them...they seem to be the thorn in the sides of many Visa owners. We replaced ours with Maxxis radials a few months ago after some sidewall cracks started showing up. We decided not to mess with warranty replacement and just pay for what we wanted rather than replace with the same OEM quality (or lack thereof.)
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:15 AM   #3
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Thanks Kristen,

I checked out your blog for the info on the gas fittings. That's what I thought; a DiY project for an amateur pipefitter like me. (I actually own a pipe wrench or two)

We're sort of planning a trip to New England and likely Maine maybe in September. We loved Mt Desert island too. My family's history is all in a place called Franklin Maine not far from Bar Harborwe hope to do a little genealogical research while we're there.

Also I loved your shelving ideas. I'll show them to the missus, I'm sure to get a project or two out of that.

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Old 07-19-2012, 06:37 PM   #4
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Also Thanks for the tool (tongue) box idea. I did the same to mine now I'm thinking about a lift kit to get a bit more ground clearance especially for my load distributing hitch. It hangs kind of low; not to mention the drain plumbing.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:22 AM   #5
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Also Thanks for the tool (tongue) box idea. I did the same to mine now I'm thinking about a lift kit to get a bit more ground clearance especially for my load distributing hitch. It hangs kind of low; not to mention the drain plumbing.
You reminbded me that I wanted to go back and make an addendum to that post on the tongue box...I did that now. We had to move the L brackets for the WDH to very close to the minimum recommended distance from the hitch. After towing a bit we agreed that we could both feel the difference in handling and ride, so we decided to come up with a solution that allowed us to use the box but get the brackets further back to their original position. My DH built a little deck for it with cutouts over the brackets and it works great.

We haven't had any clearance issues with the trailer itself (I believe the dual axles sit slightly higher, though)...but we did have the challenge of draining tanks with the sewer outlet being so low to the ground. Rather than go the lift kit route, we got a Flojet macerator pump...not cheap, but so slick and less yuck factor than the big stinky slinky (plus no juggling the slinky to get it to empty anymore! Yuck!) We tapped into the 12v in the refrigerator access section, so connection is close and convenient. I'll have to take some pics and post on our blog on that one of these days.
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