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Our first 'RV' was a bus conversion years ago. The cook top we bought for it (no idea what brand) had a pilot light. There was, however, NO thermocouple and valve body like there is on a furnace or water heater that uses a pilot light. That means that if the pilot light blows out for some reason, the gas does NOT shut off.
We disabled it and used BBQ lighters and have since.
Unless the wished-for retrofit kit has that safety feature I would avoid it!

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Actually some stick home gas ranges, like the Viking, some small child can push in and turn the valve and it stays in. If the burner doesn't light it would fill the whole house full of gas. Poor design. Fortunately, most of the electronic ignite you have to hold them in for the gas to remain on and are safer than the old pilot light.

We had the old style pilot in our Alpenlite 5Ver. Pilot kept going out all the time. I really like the new electronic style.


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I don't think I would want a pilot burning 24/7 in my trailer. All I have inside my trailer comes on when needed either electronic or manual spark. Maybe my hot water heater in the POPUP uses a "real" pilot light but it is accessible from the outside which we don't use much as it is just as easy to heat a pan of water to wash dishes with.

There may be a RV safety requirement with having an pilot light burning all the time but I am not aware of it.


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I just got back from spending a few days in our RV.

I want to thank everyone for their ideas. I looked at the space on our stove and may need to look at the electronic conversion.

One more question to those that have done this converesion. If you already had the "turn style" igniter, did you find that the conversion lit the stove burners that much easier?

I don't mind the work or the cost, but I want to be sure that it will make a difference.

Thanks!!!

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J A K wrote:

I just got back from spending a few days in our RV.

I want to thank everyone for their ideas. I looked at the space on our stove and may need to look at the electronic conversion.

One more question to those that have done this converesion. If you already had the "turn style" igniter, did you find that the conversion lit the stove burners that much easier?

I don't mind the work or the cost, but I want to be sure that it will make a difference.

Thanks!!!


I did the conversion and yes it lights the burners much better that the turn style. It works as well as our house ignitors. The oven sparker on the other hand I have to keep adjusting the sparker to get it to work everytime and have lately just been lighting it with a propane lighter like I did before. Hope this helps, Jeff.


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J A K wrote:

I just got back from spending a few days in our RV.

I want to thank everyone for their ideas. I looked at the space on our stove and may need to look at the electronic conversion.

One more question to those that have done this converesion. If you already had the "turn style" igniter, did you find that the conversion lit the stove burners that much easier?

I don't mind the work or the cost, but I want to be sure that it will make a difference.

Thanks!!!


It made a world of difference. It is so much easier and quicker to light the burners. My wife thinks it is the best mod ever.


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tenbear and scroller,

Thanks for the replies!!!! I will have to look into it!

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