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Old 02-25-2015, 04:16 PM   #1
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Gas lamp operation / safety

Hi everyone. . My 75 31" Ambassador came with a gas lantern installed above the fridge. ( see attached photo ) the original owners or service manual makes no mention of this option.
I am in the process of renovating the interior and want to know if it is safe to use or worthwhile to keep?

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Old 02-25-2015, 04:28 PM   #2
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Back in the day, most campers had gas lights. They saved battery power and on cool nites, gave off quite a bit of heat as well as light.

They worked the same as a Coleman lantern, with a mantle.

I suppose, like anything with fire, you should be careful with it, but I don't remember any campers ever catching fire from one.

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Old 02-25-2015, 04:46 PM   #3
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Just make sure you have some fresh air coming in from somewhere.
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Old 02-25-2015, 08:25 PM   #4
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Hey Bcdog,
We have a Humphrey gas light in ours, it provides a nice light and plenty of heat.
Be safe and crack a window.
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Old 02-26-2015, 05:13 PM   #5
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I have used them over the years during my career with Forest Service. I just don't believe they're the risk. Lighting technology has come up with a lot more energy efficient and safer ways of making light. However, I did keep mine in our 79' ambassador mostly as a conversational piece.
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Old 02-26-2015, 06:38 PM   #6
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I saw this light converted by running wires thru the gas pipe joint and replaced the mantle with a small LED fixture. It looked great and if he wanted he could convert it back to gas.
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Old 02-26-2015, 08:44 PM   #7
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The gas Paulin/Humphrey light came in my Tradewinds and I've also used them in remote cabins. I've never had any issue with them. Never really considered them to be unsafe, as they are CSA listed. Read the manual here, if you aren't sure how to operate it:

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