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Old 04-24-2016, 08:32 AM   #1
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Rusty Gas Line

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I've noticed that the gas lines under my RV are pretty rusty. Not quite a yellow looking at this photo make it out to be, but there is definitely rust on the pipes. The photo is of the pipe that takes the propane from the tanks and bring it to the back of the RV to be used to hook up to the outside kitchen. Anyone else have something similar? Should I just give it a scrub with a wire brush and hit it with some Rustolem paint?
How long would it take for the rust to compromise the pipe structure?

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Old 04-24-2016, 08:43 AM   #2
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:48 AM   #3
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There is a product out there that will neutralize rust. Do a google search, or just ask at your local hardware store. They should have it in the paint section. Then it could be painted afterwards if you like.
I'm pretty sure that is black pipe they use, and it will take a considerable amount of time for it to eat thru.
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:46 AM   #4
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That is just surface rust, if it starts getting a lot of deep pits then it's a problem. As stated, clean it up, neutralize the rust , & a good coat of paint, but he sure to check underneath do all that is exposed.
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Old 04-24-2016, 04:21 PM   #5
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I like to use Rustoleum's Rusty Metal Primer and flat black Rustoleum after.
Using a water based neutralizer as noted above is also a good idea, just a bit more work
I like Rustoleum products because of their fish oil base. They penetrate rust and help to neutralize the future rust from occurring again.
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Old 04-24-2016, 05:48 PM   #6
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If its badly pitted get a gas fitter to replace it. Most gas codes require it to be painted if its black iron pipe......(retired gas fitter inspector). I have seen chips off rust come off causing a corrosion leak. Should have been painted at the factory.
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I just did mine on the weekend. wire brushed and spray painted it with Tremclad black . easy peasy.
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I just did mine on the weekend. wire brushed and spray painted it with Tremclad black . easy peasy.
Its best to push on a pitted area to make sure the screwdriver does not go right through. Surface rust would not be there if they had painted it at the factory. I had to shut down an apartment block due to a gas leak on rusty pipes. (35 years gas inspector and trouble man for local gas company .
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Winterpegger Is it possible to have a pipe rust through in 2 years?
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I spent 30+ years in the pipeline industry & that should be schedule 40 pipe so it should not rust through that quickly. From the looks of it it's probably surface rust from salt roads or if you live near the ocean in NC, that salty air is very corrosive on unprotected metal.
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Its best to push on a pitted area to make sure the screwdriver does not go right through. Surface rust would not be there if they had painted it at the factory. I had to shut down an apartment block due to a gas leak on rusty pipes. (35 years gas inspector and trouble man for local gas company .
I've been working on it. So far 50 grit sandpaper is taking off all of the rust, with a bit of help from a wire brush. Next comes this rust inhibitor I just got then a coat of Rustoleum. It all looks light just surface rust, but I'm inspecting as close as I can. It's difficult to inspect every inch of the pipe as some of it is flush up against the bottom of the rig. The only way to be completely sure I guess would be to take the pipe off but it doesn't seem like it could rust through in less then 2 years. I guess I could also turn the propane on and see if I smell anything as I make my way under the camper.
I'll post a finished photo when I'm done in a few days.
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I spent 30+ years in the pipeline industry & that should be schedule 40 pipe so it should not rust through that quickly. From the looks of it it's probably surface rust from salt roads or if you live near the ocean in NC, that salty air is very corrosive on unprotected metal.
I don't live near the ocean, but it's very humid here and the place on the driveway it's parked gets a lot of moisture that takes a long time to leave. Parts of my driveway are growing moss!
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it is only surface rust , all black pipe will do this when outside . Just paint it every few years or oil it. Lots of old trailers out there that have never had pipe painted..(my brother for example)and his is close to 15 yrs old and no problem. looks ugly but will take a long time to rot thru.
Like I stated earlier, simply a quick wire brush and some tremclad rust paint . 15 mins and all done.
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I guess I could also turn the propane on and see if I smell anything as I make my way under the camper.
A match could probably help answer that! Not!

Seriously, when a buddy had a propane leak under his mobile home, we disconnected the propane and appliances, and filled with water to find the leak.

Not a good place to be when some static spark ignites, not to mention asphyxiation.
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Old 05-31-2016, 07:51 AM   #15
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Hi Everyone,
i just wanted t post a follow up to this thread.
I took the advice of those who replied.
First I took some 50 grit paper to it to get off the flakes.
Then treated with with a rust neutralizer (2 coats)
Last, I painted it with some Rustoleum.

Here are before and after pix.
Thanks to everyone.

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Wow!
Looks brand new. Nice job.
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Yes, it does look brand new. A labor of love.
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Looks like you did a nice job Mike. On our 2017 Sunset Trail they ran a rubber gas line from the propane tanks all the way back to the rear bumper along the frame for the grill with a tee at the kitchen area and ran it up through the floor to the stove and fridg. We will see how that holds up.
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Great job Mike looks brand new
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