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DanLevitan

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Posted: 11/05/21 08:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello all. I'm nearly finished with the overhaul of my 1968 Travel Queen truck camper and would like information about its indoor propane lantern. It seems it was a common feature for many campers of the era and while I'm familiar with outdoor lanterns and while the parts all look the same I wonder if the indoor versions have any major differences I should consider concerning operation. I've searched for info but haven't had much luck. I'd love to find old instructions. Can anyone with experience using these offer advise? I'd especially like to know any Warnings, Cautions, Notes anyone can add. One specific question is what type of mantle should I use, as I'm not sure if all mantles are the same? My lantern appears to be unbranded but I'll try to post a picture. The picture I have is with the globe removed.[image]

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Posted: 11/05/21 09:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The big advantage is that you don't have to worry as much about the fuel jet clogging up like with a gasoline or diesel lantern. You can use the same mantles. Burn the new mantle with a match before you turn on the propane. This will prevent the mantle burning unevenly when you first turn on the propane. Carry plenty of extra mantles, too - they don't last long bouncing down the road. Be sure and turn off the gas before you go to sleep. If the flame should go out, you would have unburned propane escaping into the camper. (All this learned in my grandparents 1963 Terry travel trailer.)

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Posted: 11/05/21 09:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Posted: 11/06/21 12:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After 1st use the mantels may become quite fragile.

The light produces LOTS of heat, and LOTS of moisture.

Have fun!

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Vintage trailer supply has a good selection of products for you. They even have the hard mantels.

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Posted: 11/06/21 08:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Back in the day indoor propane lanterns were kool on cool nights but not that safe. I’d restore it but only use it for a demonstration.


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Posted: 11/06/21 11:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Amazon and eBay have everything you need too including the globe.

I bought a new gal light for my camper but have yet to install it.

They put put about the same amount of light as a 60w light bulb.

You will love it,


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Thanks for the information. I ordered some mantles and look forward to trying them out. I do wonder if anyone can explain the use of the sliding shutter at the base of the arm? I assume it's to adjust the air mixture but not sure how it should be set or adjusted for use.

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Since it is open burning, I’d also make sure you run it with an open window and make sure you have a LP and CO detector.


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Posted: 11/06/21 05:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Had one in a sailboat, years ago. Makes lots of light, but also adds heat, which is good in the winter. As others have said keep plenty of mantles on hand, and be sure to ventilate the trailer. They burn clean but they will use up oxygen and potentially produce carbon monoxide. Have fun with your old toy!!


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