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Old 12-11-2003, 11:25 AM   #15
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Individuals can, as Brett stated, post most anything, including prices.

One must understand that all parts of the same description, can and usually are different. If they are different, then the cost will be different.

Add to that, where they bought that part. It could be from a salvage place, it could be from someone operating out of their garage, or, it could be from someone that has a retail establishment that must pay "all" the normal costs of doing business, called general and administrative expenses. Add to that the cost of a commercial building, the costs of a toll free telephone number where you can talk to a person about your trailers problems or needs, and the selling price of the identical item suddenly changes.

Retailers are asked not to do some things, for obvious reasons, that you as a individual can do on this site.

Respecting the rules, by a retailer, such as us, means we must PM pricing to you. You can if you wish let others know what that price is, along with a little description of "EXACTLY" what part or parts it is.

This forum basically is to exchange knowledge and information. Most always, excellent posts are made. However, on occassion, a post may be made in reference to what someone has done that is acceptable to them, but may be a hazard or unacceptable to the majority.

It is "not" a place for any retailer to solicit business in their posts. However, they can via PM.

That in itself, at least we think so, keeps this site neat and clean from any and all commercialism and posts that have absolutely nothing to do with Airstreaming, such as some of the recent posts on the "vintage" site.

From where we sit, this site is way too large for Andy Robonowitz to manage. However with the assistance of others who are donating time, this site then has become manageable, in a number of positive ways, such as keeping trash and nasty people from ruining the site, as well as making sure that within reason, the rules are followed.

That combined effort has made this site the greatness that it is, and I am sure, that in time, even better than it is today.

The old saying "United we stand, divided we fall," certainly speaks for the excellent management of this site.

We are proud to be a contributor, when we can, to it's growth and effectiveness.


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Old 12-11-2003, 02:42 PM   #16
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I don't think Brett's is all wet

Anyone can post the price and many do.
I remember one thread where several of us compared insurance rates and companys.
I have also contacted others for used items and pricing was done by PM. I have posted pricing on something I purchased from Inland RV attempting to assist someone in resolving a problem and a general idea of the cost. Andy of Inland RV could give advice but not quote a price per the rules.

That's what is great about this site, as long as you stay within the guidlines of common coutesy you can post on any subject and if you are requesting help you have to accept the fact the response you get may not be from a qualified expert and the advice is only worth what you paid for it. Bad spelling and all..

Bottom line, if you ask someone to quote a price on something they have bought or researched I bet you get an answer 99% of the time. It is up to the individual on how they wish to provide the answer and not a fourm requirement to do so.

As for your comments --you think "there is too much silly and innane topics" and "the fourm is over-regulated and too timid".

I disagree....


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Old 12-11-2003, 04:28 PM   #17
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I am always amazed on this forum why posters seem to be shy about posting prices of things.
I think you answered your own question with...
Only the dim-witted-est would think that prices do not change or vary depending on region, circumstance, or supply and demand.
Usually, my price will not be relevant to you in any case. So why waste great chunks of bandwidth to add nothing to the reality of Airstreaming?

Finally, I think sensitivity to other's feelings is one of the BEST things on this forum.
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Old 12-11-2003, 05:27 PM   #18
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Edie I hope you do not think I was insensitive to your hubbys feelings.
I consider him to be one of the good guys around here. However I am not so naive to think that all are.
On the above subject you all and I will just have to agree to disagree. I never thought the term "all wet" to be hostile.
I prefaced my reply with "with all due repect" and I meant it.

Now I stand firm on my opinion that EVERYTHING is relevant to me concerning Airstream repair, value, pricing, history, original description, safety, etc, etc,etc. including the prices of parts,accessories and services.

It is what I call the "reality of Airstraming" amd I am a faithful reader of many posts and make notes to who seems to be creditable.
It is my way of Triageing thru the haze since I will never live to read them all plus 3 or 4 other Airstream forums and boards.

And finally may I add (as I have on another thread) that in addition to silly and innane stuff is the all too obligatory "circle the wagons" and "throw a kiss" retorts that appear everytime some "free thinking troublemaker" disagrees with any of the management team.

Now back to the subject of this thread...
How much is a mercury valve, a thermostat, and a new Magic Chef? and is a mercury valve also known as a thermacouple?
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Old 12-11-2003, 06:12 PM   #19
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Old 01-03-2004, 04:20 PM   #20
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Dear friends:Happy new year. Sorry for causing so much discussions over the problem I had with the oven. I guess I found out what the problem is. I get no secondary pilot light. When i use a lighter to get the valve element hot, the burner comes on. But as soon as i let the lighter go, so does the burner. I guess the problem must be with the thermostat and not with the valve. I also could not find an adjusting screw on the leftside of the thermostat for the secondary pilot as Andy had mentioned. there is only one screw on the front which i assume it is for the pilot. So I guess I'll order a new thermostat, unless some of you out there think that I should do something else. Again thanks for all the attention.
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Old 01-03-2004, 09:31 PM   #21
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Try this first!

Although our Magic Chef is older than yours the basics may be very similar. If so there is a constant pilot and a heater pilot next to the burner. The heater pilot has a "temperature responsive element" running parallel with it. I couldn't get the heater pilot to stay lit in the oven until I cleaned it real good with a brass bristle brush. That got off carbon that had built up on it. I think the carbon (black soot) acted as insulation and kept it from getting to the temperature it needed to work. In my earlier attempts to get it to work I didn't think the black coating was the problem because there didn't seem to be that much, but it appears that just a little throws it off. Anyway, if you haven't already done this, you might try it as it won't cost you anything.
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Old 01-04-2004, 12:45 AM   #22
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Re Magic chief stove

We will be parting with our stove this spring because the oven is shot.. looks like new .. part to replace is expensive.. and we wish to have a convection microwave. The Kitchen cupboard unit minus the sink will be available.. the tambour door is in good shape. These units will be available later this spring for anyone who would like them.. we will not ship .. pick up only.. and the price is right .. free.. Annie
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Old 03-19-2008, 09:20 PM   #23
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Looking for Oven

I am looking for an oven for my 1975 Sovereign. Not looking for one that works - just want to replace the current microwave that Dad inserted for the original oven years ago. Dad thought he had the original 'out in the garage somewhere' but after looking decided he had tossed it! I want to complete the 'original look' of the trailer.
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Old 05-27-2008, 03:35 PM   #24
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Parts are still available for that model.

Pull the thermostat knob off. On the left side of the themostat is an adjustment for the secondary pilot. On the right side, there is an adjustment for the pilot.

If that doesn't solve the problem, then you will need a thermostat or a mercury valve. You will have to decide which one, if that's the case.

Since those parts are in the special ordered category, they are not returnable usually from anyone.

Our stove does not work as of yet and we are think of replacing with a new stovetop. I hate to get rid of the vintage look, also our fridge doesn't work either, all run on gas. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-27-2008, 05:16 PM   #25
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What doesn't work?

anniessc, Have you tried to test if the propane is turned on to the appliances? Check to make sure all the in-line gas shutoff valves are in the open position. Next be aware that each time the valves are turned off the lines will purge gas and it takes time for the propane to force the air out of the lines before they will light. Are your tanks updated to the new OPD valves? Has your regulator been tested and is known to be operational? Just a few things you may want to check before you try to light off the burners. Oh yeah, Are the burners clean? I know it sounds like silly questions but just one small overlooked item here can cause the appliance not to light and could also cause a fire or explosion. Be careful and be safe. Ed
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:59 AM   #26
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1969 Magic Chef Oven, model #? TL700-2

We are need a thermostat for our oven. As our oven is stand alone and the cook top is on the opposit side of the kitchen, we are going to try and find replacement parts. I don't think I can talk James into remodeling the kitchen at this point. HEE HEE So far we haven't had any luck.
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Old 06-29-2008, 09:22 AM   #27
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magic chef in my 345

I cannot find the serial number for the stovetop in my 1986 345
does anyone know where it is? also can I replace just the chrome
fold top ? the burners work fine but the top is a rust farm
thanks - new to the forum - but not new to the 345.bought it new
when my now married daughter was 1
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Old 07-05-2008, 07:43 AM   #28
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stove cover

pjm, Why not just remove the cover and have it sand blasted and powder coated or re-chromed. Lots here have done it. Hope this helps. Happy Trails, Ed

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