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26 January 2008 @ 08:19 am
Slipping Back Into the Stone Ages  
Still having to sit very still to let my laptop charge but it's still going. NOW it's the propane system that has failed.

I use two of the bigger RV tanks and at this time of the year when usage is highest I can get two weeks out of each one. I just switched over to the second tank last weekend but I got up Thursday and when I tried to light the stove to make breakfast nothing happened. The space heater was going so I hadn't noticed that the furnace had turned off too but I fiddled with the thermostat to make it come on and got cold air, then I switched the fridge from electric to gas and got the flashing no gas available light.

So, thinking it's odd that I've gone through a tank that fast, and wondering if it's leaky, I go out with a flashlight to switch tanks and find that the tank IS about half full, just like I expected. Well, maybe something is wrong with it.

I hooked up the little BBQ size tank I keep on hand as a back up but the little tank didn't do anything either, everything is hooked up correctly, and I'm was running late so I had to leave it.

After asking around I know I either have something wrong with the regulator or a clog in the line. If I'm lucky it's just that the screen on the regulator is clogged because anything else will require a repair man. I wasn't able to check it because I get home after dark and I got up this morning to 40F temps and a steady rain so I'm not sure when I'll go out to deal with it.

It was 50 in my living room this morning since I don't trust the cats enough to leave the space heater on overnight. I'm going to have to cook breakfast on a little sterno stove. At least I have a warm comforter and a heating pad.

This is when you really need a man around the house to send out into the freezing rain with a strong cup of coffee to deal with stuff like this.

ETA: I haz gas! *snerk*

All I did was blow in the regulator reconnect everything and voila!
 
 
 
Nightfalljenevastorme on January 26th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
"This is when you really need a man around the house to send out into the freezing rain with a strong cup of coffee to deal with stuff like this."

Yeah, there's somethign to be said for suckers. ;-)
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ranuelranuel on January 26th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
No, don't back away from it, you got it right the first time.
Nightfalljenevastorme on January 27th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
What she said. ;-)
phydeaux_speaks on January 30th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
Hi, ranuel! I was led here from (and by) Christina... and I, too, live in the semi-stone age of RV's - up in the mountains of NC. I can definitely appreciate what you've been going through, cats and all.

Anyway, just thought I'd say hi... and will be stopping by again, I'm sure.

ranuel: I duct taped.ranuel on January 30th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
A fellow RV resident! I've got a 28 foot Dutchman with a long center slide out. I've been in it for a year now and on the whole I like it. Plenty of room for one sedentary person and two elderly cats.
phydeaux_speaks on January 30th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
I call mine the "Secret Lair (aka '73 Winnebago)". It's a 25' model... and the engine doesn't (currently) run. I've been living in here since September of 2000. I love my 200 sq.ft. of living space, and my two (aging) cats seem pretty happy, too. Especially on a day like this, when they can lie in the sun streaming in through the south-side windows!