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Posted: 01/10/19 07:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a now 55 year old Chinook tow-behind trailer in about 1000 parts in my garage right now, but we are coming along.
It has a Carlson 108 C propane floor heater in it. I want to hook it up to some propane, check the lines and all that, and see if it will fire up.

Honestly, short of holding down the pilot button, turning on the know to "run" etc, I have no idea how to light it---like where to put in the flame to start it. There are some pics on flickr of the unit here:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm86tuog

Any of you seen these, offer some insights? I can't find anything online, though I imagine these were probably pretty common. Thanks, Mark

* This post was edited 01/11/19 06:05am by mark b. *

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Before creating a potiential bomb find a qualified gas technician to pressure test the system for you. Cheap insurance.


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I remember those. When I was a kid I went camping with my buddy's family and I was warned not to step on it. In the middle of the night, my buddy's little brother got up and did just that.
I will never forget the waffle pattern on the bottom of his foot! (and the screaming)

Personally, I would disconnect it forever. It's dangerous and very likely to leak carbon monoxide. If you do use it, please get a Co detector.

Heres a pamphlet for it: Carlson 108c

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hahaha OUCH. great pamphlet thanks

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ScottG wrote:

I remember those. When I was a kid I went camping with my buddy's family and I was warned not to step on it. In the middle of the night, my buddy's little brother got up and did just that.
I will never forget the waffle pattern on the bottom of his foot! (and the screaming)

Personally, I would disconnect it forever. It's dangerous and very likely to leak carbon monoxide. If you do use it, please get a Co detector.

Heres a pamphlet for it: Carlson 108c


^^^^What he said.

And on top of being a hazard, it's a 6500 BTU convection heater, no fan.


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I'd strongly consider a heat pump AC roof unit. I know some loss of the vintage trailer look BUT you might be able to hide it via a fake luggage rack and boxes to maintain the vintage look but have a modern heater and AC.


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Thanks for all the horror stories and warnings. This is a turn around unit, I am not going to keep it most likely. I would like to get the current unit up and functional. Would appreciate comments aimed at helping me do that.

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mark b. wrote:

I have a now 55 year old Chinook tow-behind trailer in about 1000 parts in my garage right now, but we are coming along.
It has a Carlson 108 C propane floor heater in it. I want to hook it up to some propane, check the lines and all that, and see if it will fire up.

Honestly, short of holding down the pilot button, turning on the know to "run" etc, I have no idea how to light it---like where to put in the flame to start it. There are some pics on flickr of the unit here:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm86tuog

Any of you seen these, offer some insights? I can't find anything online, though I imagine these were probably pretty common. Thanks, Mark


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where I am taking this problem:


https://flic.kr/p/2e98RBY

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