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Old 02-06-2013, 02:08 AM   #1
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Gas Lamps Illegal?

I have my 58 Overlander in the shop getting some renovations and the man working on it wants to remove the copper pipe to my gas lamp. (original) saying that those types of lamps were illegal. This was news to me, especially since I see several threads about people asking maintenance questions.
Before I let him do something drastic, I thought I would check here for some enlightenment.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:00 AM   #2
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I have never heard that. And even if he's correct who appointed him the enforcer? Sal
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:46 AM   #3
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If they were illegal, they wouldn't still be available for sale:
HUMPHREY GAS PRODUCTS - PROPANE GAS LIGHTS
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May not be illegal but from what I understand they put out a lot of heat! Has anyone converted on to a LED " look alike"?
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Even if by some chance it is illegal where you are, they have a nice vinatage look. In fact I have one I have been threatening to install one.
Do you have a propane and a carbon monoxide detector?
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:52 AM   #6
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Gas lamps do not comply with current safety standard. However, they did in 1958. You're grandfsthered in on the gas lamp. It's still legal for you to keep, maintain and use your gas lamp. You just have to be aware that the lamp can leak gas, puts out CO2 and can be a fire hazard.
I'd keep the lamp and enjoy it.
The major problem I had with my old gas lamp was the mantles. They almost alway broke when the trailer was under way. I used to keep about 20 spares on board to keep the lamp working.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:28 AM   #7
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I rented a houseboat in the mid 90's up in International Falls Minnesota at Voyager National Park. It had gas lamps for the main interior lights. They gave me a bag of mantels since it was quite normal of the mantels to sometimes break when traveling on rough water.

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We have one in our 1970 and when it is cold it is nice to have and puts out lots of light. There are other gas line connections in all trailers and they all have to be checked for leaks. We are building in Baja and are using new propane lights there because we are in a solar home. Lots of cabins use them to.
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A number of states passed laws in the mid-1970s making the use of decorative outdoor gas lighting unlawful. In those days, post-mounted outdoor gas lights were a popular architectural accent, and were typically left on 24 hours a day. I don't know about the laws in other states, but the Minnesota law is specific to decorative, outdoor fixtures and doesn't cover indoor lighting or lighting that is primarily utilitarian such as lights in areas where electricity is not available.

Some gas techs mistakenly believe that these laws cover indoor lighting.

The gas lights currently being sold by Mr. Heater and others are in compliance with current safety regulations and bear both AGA and CSA seals of approval. I don't know what the regulatory status is of older lights but the only meaningful difference between the 1950s lamps and the ones sold today is that the new ones have a supposedly child-proof lever that you have to push and turn while the old ones do not.
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Thanks everyone. I had wondered about the grandfathering. The lamp has all the parts and the past owner went to a lot of trouble to find a proper shade for it. I was for sure going to keep it for the look, but I think the functionality could come in handy some day. Not to mention when I sell it, someone might wish I had left it alone.
Appreciate your replies.
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Ever been in an old order Amish home? They've got Kerosene or Propane lamps ONLY.

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(Oh and following some process I'm not quite up on, many now carry Cell phones.... Used to be they'd have a pay phone in the outhouse REALLY! For communal use in the event of a medical emergency. Usually that meant 3 generations of a family or two sharing one phone line. Now with most wired phone networks being replaced by the cloud, it's a cell phone or nothing. They stick with "plain" by having only black phones.)
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Ever been in an old order Amish home? They've got Kerosene or Propane lamps ONLY.

Paula

(Oh and following some process I'm not quite up on, many now carry Cell phones.... Used to be they'd have a pay phone in the outhouse REALLY! For communal use in the event of a medical emergency. Usually that meant 3 generations of a family or two sharing one phone line. Now with most wired phone networks being replaced by the cloud, it's a cell phone or nothing. They stick with "plain" by having only black phones.)
I can see it now, an Airstream painted black, being pulled by a team of horses.... Amish vacation!
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Gas Lamps Illegal?

I don't know whether this is an "old wives tale" or something that might really work. When I first started Airstreaming in 1995, a couple of long-time Vintage owners (one had owner her '64 Ambassador since it was new), advised me that the LP Gas Lamp mantles could be protected by tying a large bandanna around the globe and base of the lamp. I have never had an LP Gas Lamp in either of my Airstreams, but I suspect that tying the bandanna around the globe and the base to which it attaches would limit some of the vibration between the glass globe and base.

My family's first RV, a 1969 SunWay truck camper had one LP Gas Lamp as standard equipment. An LP Gas Lamp was an option on the 1980 Nomad that I special ordered in 1980. We automatically assumed that we would need to replace the mantle after traveling any distance, particularly in the truck camper.

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"May not be illegal but from what I understand they put out a lot of heat! Has anyone converted on to a LED " look alike"?"

The heat in the winter is a BIG plus and a good reason for keeping the gas light gas. Sometimes the gas light heat is sufficient by itself to make the trailer comfortable.

Putting a zip lock bag up from the bottom when traveling will catch the broken pieces of mantle knocked loose by road vibration.
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