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Old 10-14-2019, 10:18 AM   #1
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Bambi dinosaur musings

I’ve had my trailer since last November. We use it pretty hard in the shoulder seasons and thus run the heat a lot. To date I’ve been inside my heater over half a dozen times. I’ve lovingly named it Oscar for Oscar the grouch, because it’s grouchy.
First time opening up Oscar was to remove a QC sticker that came off the heater and lodged against the squirrel cage. Think playing card in your bike spokes all night long.


Lately, Oscar wasn’t happy because a bunch of dog fur and feathers had lodged against his sail switch. Thus I had no heat camping in rural Idaho last month. I found a great post by @rounder44 that described removing the sail switch to clean it and voila Oscar was happy again. Or at least I thought.

Recently Oscar wasn’t working again so I pulled the sail switch again and there was one feather on it, I need new camp booties apparently, I cleaned this and it’s operational for now. All this got me thinking I need some spares and I don’t trust Oscar. A call to my local dealer placed me 3 weeks out for repairs or diagnosis so I called the dealer I bought my airstream from and they are shipping me another sail switch free of charge.

That’s when I decided to go ahead and order the dinsosaur board. It was a slam dunk fix for the Mr snuffalufagis, the water heater, so I figure it can’t hurt to have spare parts. In the back of my mind I think that Chinese board is failing or is gonna fail just like it did on the water heater. So now I have a spare sail switch and board. Airstream should include an option to just go ahead and install dinaosaur boards because those domestic boards are crap.

Bring it on old man winter bring it on.
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yes i agree. dometic , like many OEM just goes cheap to lower THEIR costs.
we had three failures and dometic only paid for the first. i gave up wit them

we had the dinosaur board for 2 years now.
it works 100% of the time, hot or cold, dry or wet.
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