Wow, baby! It’s getting cold here in New Jersey! How’d that happen? Do you suppose winter’s impending arrival has anything to do with it?
And the icing on the cake? Forecasts call for a “Wintery Mix” on the horizon accompanied by cold temperatures. Peachy, just peachy.
We’re planning on leaving NJ for warmer climes (hopefully) in South Carolina on Thursday, so we’ll have to endure this taste,( and hopefully only) of winter weather.
Of course, not being able to fill the onboard propane tank the other day has made for some worries about keeping warm. We arrived with a half tank of propane. It has now gone down a good bit and won’t last until our departure date.
To make matters even more fun, there is no good place around here to pull up chocks on the Journey and get the tank filled. Fortunately I planned ahead. I bought an Extend-a-Stay kit for circumstances just like this. I also bought a small propane tank with a gauge so I’ll know when it is running out and then turn on the main tank.
The install is easy. The big thing to remember is that the threads are Left Hand instead of the normal right hand. It was just a matter of pulling off the plastic cover over the regulator, unbolting the fittings, then installing the Extend-a-Stay part and screwing the original fittings into the it. The shiny brass part is the Extend-a-Stay. The black hose runs to the external propane tank.
Before putting away the tools, I took a cupful of soapy water and a paper towel and dripped the soapy water over all the fittings. I kept seeing bubbles where the hose attached. I found that you have to ensure the hose is screwed in really tight. Once the bubbles stopped, I reinstalled the plastic cover over the regulator that keeps it clean.
Now we can face the worst winter has to offer and be warm and cozy inside the Journey. When we run low, it’s easy to get the portable tank refilled and we don’t have to move the motorhome.
And I’ll leave blowing bubbles to the expert. ;c)
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