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Old 12-29-2009, 01:41 PM   #1
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Humphrey gaslights

I have always been fond of Humphery gaslights. Growing up in the early 1970s, a friend had a cabin on an island, and had several of them as the primary source of lighting, the possibilities of generators, batteries, and inverters not being what they are today.

I have one in my house, in a central location, because it provides safe, reliable, bright light in the event of a power failure. The only trouble I've ever had with it was a spider web that I had to remove. It's been there for ten years now.

When did Airstream stop installing these? Does anyone still use them in trailers? Why aren't these more popular for boondocking?
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:51 PM   #2
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Because some folks are afraid of propane leaks and open flames maybe?

It's on my list of things to install into our rig.
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:58 PM   #3
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I have installed at least one in any trailer I ever owned. I consider the gas lite an essential, not only providing light and saving battery power, but also a good chill chaser on nippy evening. In addition it seems mantle life is a good indicator of how smooth things are on the road.An often broken mantle could indicate out of balance wheels, tire problems etc.

I suspect they may have been offered as an option at one time but the only trailer I have owned that had one when I bought it was a 54 Safari
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Old 12-29-2009, 02:14 PM   #4
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Looks like the last time they appear as an option is around 1976... at least in print..

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I use mine all the time. The gas light is a great tool for long term boon dock camping. The only complaint I have is the mantle breaks every time I tow so we go through a number per season.
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I use mine all the time. The gas light is a great tool for long term boon dock camping. The only complaint I have is the mantle breaks every time I tow so we go through a number per season.
I have had mantles break within minutes of moving in some trailers. IN my 61 tradewind I have had them last as long as 10,000 miles. I bought the last load of mantles through Cabella's and think they are genuine Humphrey. Will look next time I am in the trailer
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The genuine Humphrey mantles are the best for sure. They do last the longest and the sock is very thick making for a more intense glow. I was given two at a rally and now use the coleman ones.
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AFAIK they no longer make the Humphery brand lights, but Mr Heater has a supply of very similar ones.

My AS does not have one...yet. But I have a couple of NOS units left over from somewhere that are going to get used for my install.

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Humphrey was bought out by Paulin. You can by lights similar to the originals and they have parts also. Link to main page and parts page below...

Gas Lights by Paulin, Humphrey and Falks

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I might know where a late 50's and an early 60's one is.....
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Where are the gas light usually mounted?

How are the propane lines run?

What kind of clearances must be maintained?

What kind of ventilation regimens must be observed?

And of course, post pictures!

Seriously. I have always heard about the gas lights in trailers, but have never actually seen one. I would appreciate pictures of installed gas lights and discussion of what those of you who added them did.
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On our Sovereign, the light would be mounted on the roadside partition, where the fridge is. The only pic I have is of a Cruisette, sans mantle or globe, courtesy of www.vintageairstream.com (not Greg Gibson's site).
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Where are the gas light usually mounted?

How are the propane lines run?

What kind of clearances must be maintained?

What kind of ventilation regimens must be observed?

And of course, post pictures!

Seriously. I have always heard about the gas lights in trailers, but have never actually seen one. I would appreciate pictures of installed gas lights and discussion of what those of you who added them did.
Here's are photos, but someone else will have to answer your questions or maybe this website has the info.
Paulin Humphrey Gas Lights
http://www.gas-lights.com/pdf/paulin-installation.pdf


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