I am finding it very frustrating to go to RV parts house and not be able to get parts. So what I have learned by having a "Classic RV" is that you have to improvise a little. And what I mean is using all the available resources that are out there to make even minor repairs.
I live in Northern Oregon and have still had a few cold nights, well I tried to fire off the furnace with no luck and have had to freeze my buns off (luckily I had extra blankets and sleeping bags). I could have fired off the stove, but I did not want to wind up on the headlines "Man Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in RV".
Well here's the deal, I took my furnace apart and the first thing I found was an aluminum tube that supplied propane to the burner gooped up with silicon to cover a hole that had been gouged in it (probably from a previous repair attempt) not good.
About the only thing I could get a hold of at the RV parts house was a generic thermocouple to replace the bad one.
There was silicon all over the cover and cover plates, what I did was get a sponge that had scotchbrite on one side to clean it all up.
Point is, you don't have to go to RV parts house for every single item you may need to make repairs.
Nice job Tioga Sportsman. You are the man!
Thanks Pat, I get a lot of great help from my fellow RVer's. I'm still a little green but am learning a lot. Hopefully in the near future I can start to post my Classic RV restoration. By the way, I think you are doing a fantastic job with the RV community by lending your expertise. Keep up the Good Work!
Take your time and make sure you lay out the parts as you remove them.
Good point, I'll do that
Well Tioga Capitan, I ended up just removing the heater altogether, as I couldn't figure out the electronics for it. I'm Actually thinking about just ditching it altogether, probable just sell it for $10-20, you're welcome to it if you need one for parts. I'm gonna post it soon, if you want it, just hit me up.
I actually found it was cheaper to run an electric heater than having to keep filling up my propane bottles. I just use the furnace now when temps get down into the single digits. Good luck on the removal and be careful.
Good to know, I was wondering how the efficiency would compare between propane and electricity. Yeah it was a royal pain in the keister to get out, but it's good, thanks.