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Old 05-22-2005, 01:38 PM   #29
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No, we dont have the shade. Is that type of light still safe to use once it's all cleaned up?
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Old 05-22-2005, 01:43 PM   #30
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Its a propane gas lamp. Do you have the glass shade ?

I might have one.....
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Old 05-22-2005, 02:39 PM   #31
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Yes, It is still safe to use, as long as it has no leaks in the piping. I had two in my last trlr. The lamp will also double as a heat source. When I used my gas lamp, I rarely had to use the furnace. Just make sure you have a vent or window cracked a bit. Its the same precaution as with other gas appliances.

One other note, I did have to clean the orafice to get mine to work properly. They are a very simple design.
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Old 05-22-2005, 05:27 PM   #32
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By the time you're ready to stay in it, I recommend that you find places to install modern safety features, - a CO detector, an LP detector and a smoke detector. An important upgrade for vintage trailers. I was able to install all three fairly inobtrusively.

As for insurance, we have all our insurance through state farm already, so when I went to them with a vintage trailer they were happy to add it to the policy. I think having our cars and house with them already made it go smoother. We've found they are not the cheapest, but they take good care of their good customers.
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Old 05-23-2005, 01:12 AM   #33
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Brett, I would be curious to see what the shade looks like.
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Old 05-23-2005, 01:18 AM   #34
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Good Idea Steph, I hadn't thought of those things for my Caravel. More stuff to add to the list.
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There are two companies that still make propane lamps (Falks and Humphrey). I 'm not certain if the parts are interchangeable (especially mantles)--you may or may not be able to use these replacement globes (if Brett can't supply) and mantles.

One thing to bear in mind is to consider that it will probably be cheaper to replace that lamp than to restore it. It appears to need quite a bit of rechroming, which is costly.

http://www.gas-lights.com/interior.html

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Probably the best way to see what's up is to start disassembling, starting from the insides. Most things in these kinds of trailers are usually screwed down (although you may find rivets as well). It's a good thing to disassemble, if only to discover what lies underneath and to replace any rusting screws. The main thing is to carefully bag (we use those snack sized ziplock bags) and label all the itty bitty little parts. Then you have a basis for reassembly. The other good thing--when you pull apart the walls and floors (you'll do what you need to do in an exploratory way), you can remove any rodent remnants (unfortunately, almost inevitable) and replace bad insulation. The result will be a cleaner, better smelling trailer.
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Great trailer! I would have taken it for that wonderful mint green stove too! Mary has some great advice - I have the whole interior out of my '67 Safari too and in addition to carefully labled baggies I also have a chronological log book with sketches and a ton of digital photos. Once you've taken it apart it's really hard to remember what it once looked like! Good luck with it and keep us updated on your progress! Diane
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THat's a great idea to keep a log book. I wouldn't have thought of that. I have taken and will continue to take pictures. A log book would be a great addition. Our weather here has been so crummy, we haven't been able to do anything but go in and take those pics. This week is supposed to be nice, hopefully we'll be able to get something accomplished. I am a little cautious though. There is quite a bit of nasty mold inside. We will have to wear some masks so we don't breath it in. It's still a few months off, but we are planning on attending the vintage trailer rally held in Aug. up by Bellingham Washington. Would love to meet everyone.
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