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Old 09-14-2014, 05:29 PM   #1
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Back in the saddle again

After my stroke on 12/26/10 I am back where I feel comfortable towing my Compact II again. Puddle Duck is ready to go. With her solar panels on the roof she has always been ready to go to the Sierra mountains or the Central Coast but until this last year I wasn't. Got a hunting trip planned for the end of the month at 9,000ft elevation in Sequoia National Forest. Maybe a trailer rally is in my future again. Lake San Antonio was my last rally.

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Old 09-14-2014, 05:48 PM   #2
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Wow Mike, glad to hear you are on the mend and able to go camping again. As many here will attest, it heals body and soul.

Safe travels and, as always, Happy Trails.
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Old 09-14-2014, 06:35 PM   #3
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Mike, we are so glad to have you back to feeling like you can camp again.
Happy Trails
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Old 09-14-2014, 07:22 PM   #4
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Glad you back to traveling again. Enjoy
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Old 09-14-2014, 07:46 PM   #5
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Take it slow and easy Mike and the camping will make you stronger. Good luck on the hunt too!

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Old 09-14-2014, 10:16 PM   #6
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Good for you!
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:16 PM   #7
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Mike, I am glad to hear of your recovery.

I noticed that your trailer has a Duo-Therm furnace. Do you know if that was installed by the factory?
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:53 PM   #8
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Yes it's all factory options. My furnace has trouble keeping the pilot light lit. I've changed thermocouples and it works ok at home but when it's cold in the mountains it won't work.
I just use a sportcat portable catalytic heater when it's cold to warm inside up. Parts for these old heaters are hard to come by. I'm sure a new gas control valve is what I need.

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Old 09-24-2014, 07:37 AM   #9
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Great to hear your on the mend. I had a heart attack about 5 years ago and I still have my days where I am tired and just have to slow down. Take it easy and don't push yourself too hard to start.

As for your furnace, I would pull out the pilot burner and clean the jet really well. I had the same problem with my ventura and the jet was very dirty and almost plugged. I ran a small strand of wire through it and it worked great. My furnace was a Coleman gravity feed and there was also an adjustment for the pilot light flame height on the control valve. It was under a plug or screw(can't remember) but was marked. If the flame is too small, the main burner will blow it out or you will not get enough heat to the thermocouple.
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:42 AM   #10
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