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Old 12-14-2019, 11:04 PM   #1
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Saving the Vintage Trav'ler Range

My 68' Silver Streak Sabre (close cousin to Airstream) still has the original (I think) Trav'ler 4 burner range. I decided to try and save it from the trash as I am not a fan of throwaway consumerism. Plus the modern units are a different size and would require retrofitting work on the cabinets/countertop. I live in my Silver Streak full time and home cook all my meals. Doubters told me it's too dangerous to repair gas appliances, but my attitude is if it was built by man, it isn't too complicated for man to fix.

The oven thermostat was bad, replacements unavailable. There is a company ( J.E.S. Enterprises, Inc.) willing to rebuild it for $270. That's a good chunk of change that i'd rather not put into a rusty old stove. Instead, I sourced a "similar" nos unit from eBay for $35. I could find absolutely zero documentation on these old Harper Wyman thermostats. didn't fit, but the central part of housing was similar. Tore down both units (original and nos) and was able to combine parts to make a functional thermostat. The way the parts fit together means the control knob is upside-down; will soon use my digital multimeter and temp probe to to re-graduate the knob for proper temperature control.

Upon removing paneling to access capillary tube on the thermostat, I discovered mice destroyed the oven insulation. Removed all the poop and associated mouse corpse. Ordered the proper high temperature insulation from ebay.

The final outstanding problem is the oven racks are missing. Any ideas where to get some? They measure 15-3/8"w by ~14"d. The modern Suburban/Atwood replacements are 1/4" too wide . If anyone here has some old Trav'ler racks they willing to part with, I would happily buy them and pay shipping too!Click image for larger version

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Old 12-15-2019, 07:25 PM   #2
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I used this company to rebuild my oven thermostat and stove top valves. I have a Dixie stove from the 50's. They've been around since 1980. Give them a call and see what they say. They're in the LA area.

http://www.antiquegasstoves.com/pages/parts/gas.html

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I used this company to rebuild my oven thermostat and stove top valves. I have a Dixie stove from the 50's. They've been around since 1980. Give them a call and see what they say. They're in the LA area.



http://www.antiquegasstoves.com/pages/parts/gas.html



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Thank you for the contact! So far my home rebuilt thermostat is functioning fine but I will keep their info..
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Know anyone with a tight welder? Cut the bigger racks down and reweld them.
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Know anyone with a tight welder? Cut the bigger racks down and reweld them.
I wish I did!, I can actually TIG weld just don't have room for the equipment in my 20' tiny house
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