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I added a drain to remove rain water from the propane compartment.
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I made a form and purchased a cooler drain
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with a little heat and a bolt I formed the recess for the drain
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After forming
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I glued it in.
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Finished inside
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Finished outside

I R&R the door assembly and laid a good caulking dam over the door frame. Result a drain towards the rear of the compartment, flush with the top surface of the compartment.

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That's what I call very excellent! Thank you. I never knew you could do that. What did you use for the heat source? A heat gun?

Never understood why BigFoot cuts out the water damn at the bottom.


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Never understood why BigFoot cuts out the water damn at the bottom.


My AF is the same way. I would guess they do it because when the tanks condensate it needs to drain out the water.

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Very nice job. Please do mine next???


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When propane leaks doesn't it sink to the bottom? I think that's why they cut the bottom water damn, for a vent. Plus it's easier to slide the tanks out I guess.

My NL has a drain vent for the propane to escape. It's about 1'' diameter tubing with an insect screen. It does not have the nice sinken low spot heated in though.

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Bob, Great job.

I really like the idea about how you molded the recess, I would have not thought of that.

I have to ask what you are doing with the putty knives in the fourth photo?

All in all "You done good".

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Forming that drain with heat and a bolt/washer is really clever -- good job!


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The molding was done with a heat gun, and very little heat with lots of pressure.

The putty knives are just to pull the front edge down a bit more while the caulking set.

The only thing you don't see is a solid wood support from the plastic compartment though to the outside skin under the drain, The drain is a two part arangement inner and outer pieces. The outer piece was glued into the solid block and then glued in place. The outer piece is what comes through the bottom. The inner piece screws into the outer and traps the compartment material. The inner piece was caulked in place as well.

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