My refrigerator's pilot light now blows out when going down the road.
Since the fridge cools great when sitting at a campsite running on gas, I do not think there is anything wrong with the gas supply. Unfortunately, I think my current problem was created by me as I fixed a totally different problem.
In my Airstream, the refrigerator sits next to the oven with a plywood partition between them. Since the oven is shorter than the fridge, it is elevated allowing for pots & pans to be stored beneath. Ever since the Overlander has been back on the road, we have arrived at our destination to find dust covering the pots & pans.
I think this dust had been blowing in through the refigerator's floor vent, and then through a squirrel-sized hole
in the plywood partition between the fridge & oven to settle on everything stored beneath the oven. I did not patch the hole during the refurb because I did not think it would hurt anything. But since it appeared to be responsible for the frown on my wife's face, a piece of luan was scabbed over it. With the air's escape route blocked off, I am left to think that it must be swirling around under the fridge a lot more forcefully than it used to, and blowing the pilot out in the process. I checked, and the roof vent is clear.
I shared this dilema with Overlander63 at the Fort Desoto rally (back when he was a regular member, and not the lofty moderator
he now is
). (Congrats on the new status, Terry
). He was surprised at how large my floor vent was. Measuring 8-5/8 square inches, the vent was apparently much bigger than the ones he had seen, and he recommended blocking off part of it. Finding that to be an excellent suggestion, I whipped out my trusty roll of Duct Tape, and masked off about a third of the inboard side. No joy.
The flame still blew out going down the road even when it was going full tilt.
There are two things I plan to try before leaving on next week's trip to Disney World. The first is add additional 20 gauge, metal baffling around the pilot light. If that does not work, I will try covering more of the floor vent than I did at Fort Desoto.
Does anyone have other suggestions on how to keep the pilot light lit and
dishes clean at the same time?