I Smell Propane

I went camping in Lake Tahoe over Labor Day with friends. The good news is my 60 year old fridge, with my homemade fix, got down to 20 degrees! The bad news is we smelled propane. I bought a propane sensor, got a bottle of soapy water, and went to work. The sensor started screaming at one of the T joints under trailer. I saw a kink in one of the joints where it joined the T. I pulled off the copper line, cut off the end, and put a new flair on the end. I retested and no leak! Here is the propane sensor. Techamor Y201 Portable Methane Propane Combustible Natural Gas Leak Sniffer Detector https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BM1XWB8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_QVSxFbCRSC25Y.

Camping at Lake Tahoe!
End of pipe that I cut off with pinhole.

Charging Off the Grid

I camp many places that don’t have electricity. I usually charge my phone, watch, and iPad through my tow vehicle. The last time I camped I drained my car battery. In search of another solution, Rachel at harps recommended using a marine charger on my battery box. This is what I did.

New Old Stock

My bathroom light was falling down. It also was a little worse for wear. I tried to clean it up while I rewired it. It was looking pretty good, but the lens was cracked. In the middle of the process, I was wondering if I could get a new one. I only install like items when I take a part out of the trailer to maintain the original look. The light is no longer made, but when I went on eBay, there was one for sale from New Old Stock – NOS. This a a new part from an old stock of parts that aren’t made anymore.

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New light installed.

Sealing Holes with Rivets

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When I installed the license plate holder, it had a hole left over from the old unit.

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I used an olympic rivet that leaves a tongue.

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You cut the tongue off with wire cutters.

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and … find off the top fo the rivet. This rivet doesn’t have the hole in the middle, so no water can get through it!

Window

Our windows are our view to the world, but sometimes they can get cranky – or uncranky and stuck. I found an easy fix. I got some 0000 Stella wool and sprayed a little silicone oil on it. Next, I cleaned out the channels after opening the window. Lastly, I sprayed the gear at the base of the arm. Now they work great. Use of silicone spray is key here because of it resistance to water – not regular WD40.

Keeping the Fridge Cool

It’s cool to have the original fridge that came with the trailer. It is better when the fridge works! I rebuilt the back of the fridge to keep it going a couple of years ago and it has gone strong – until this weekend.  The fridge lit, but it didn’t get cold. I worked on the fridge this weekend and found a critical problem – the Klixon valve tounge broke and fell into the flame. I needed a new valve, but they are impossible find. 

I ended up making a tounge for the valve. It is important that the valve still work because it cuts off the propane if the flame goes out. You know this by a “click” when it heats up and cools down. That part worked, the tounge just broke off.

I made a new tounge out of stainless steel and attached it using a stainless hose clamp. It works great and I still have the original fridge!