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We are in Alaska on a long trip and our Truma won’t ignite. I’ve spoken to Truma several times and at their suggestion installed a new propane regulator. I’ve adjusted the flow on the regulator and that didn’t help. Truma says I can adjust the gas flow on the unit but will not tell me how. They say I need a service tech to do it, but there are no appointments available for a long time and in a location 450 miles from where we will be when it comes up. Any ideas?

we are taking splash showers out of a pot of water. 

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My gas water heater would not ignite ( not a Truma) shortly after we took delivery ( 2 months) of the trailer, we returned to Oliver and they found the wiring harness came disconnected at the place where the upper and lower wire harness connect. they said it was in the back storage upper area  above the TV behind the right trim panel inside. I also had the tube from the LP jet to the heater plug up with a spider nest, simple fix just remove the tube and clean out. Not sure the Truma has the same type of LP injection  system  Bugs or spiders in the LP propane flow can cause havoc in a short time, Know where to look and what needs to be done, not an uncommon problem with units that have an open excess to the outside. 

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I'm sure you've gone through a lot of troubleshooting with Truma. And, I don't have one, so I  don't have much to offer. Elevation shouldn't likely be your problem , as the campgrounds aren't that high at dnp, but maybe try it at kenai (sea level ) and see what happens. 

If you can't get the truma fixed, I'd look at getting a camp shower, and use campground showers when possible. (Not easy at national park facilities.  Especially Denali. When we've been there, showers only availableat the lower rv campground,  which you can'teven drive to, by their rules. Had to shower in our motorhome. )

There's a Cabela's in Anchorage,  a mile off highway 1, on your way to kenai. At this time, they have a battery operated pump/shower in stock. Put cold water in a small bucket, add hot heated on the stove, and use it in your Oliver. It will at least keep you refreshed and clean til you get home. 

You could order it now for pickup. They have limited stock. Bass pro has a store there too, but none in stock.

Bonus, Anchorage has no city sales tax. 

Stock up for your trip to kenai at a nearby Costco or Fred meyers. Prices are high compared to home, but definitely better in Anchorage than kenai, in my experience. 

 

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Thanks for the suggestion regarding the camp shower. We will get one in anchorage. In my last conversation with Truma, they indicated that I don’t need to go to an RV tech (since they are too busy up here) and that they can tell a plumber or other certified repair specialist who can work with propane what the next steps would be. So I have an appointment with a plumber in Wasilla who indicated he wasn’t familiar with Truma, has never seen one, but would be glad to give it a shot. He does work on on demand residential water heaters.
 

So at this point, the plan is to go to the plumber. Given the few camp showers on hand at Cabela’s, I am going get one even if he can fix it. . It would be nice to have as a back up. Thank you very much for the suggestions. The camp shower may be a real help. 

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55 minutes ago, Southbird401 said:

The camp shower may be a real help. 

During my two month fly fishing trips in the Rockies I almost always use a solar shower.  

I fill it and during the day it sits on my Tonneau cover over the bed of the truck.  When I'm done fishing for the day, most often the water is simply too hot to use for a shower.  However, THAT is the perfect excuse to take a seat, reflect on the day, and have an adult beverage while the water cools down.  If the water isn't hot enough I simply heat a pot on the stove and mix it in.  I used to use the solar shower's little shower head but those are fairly pathetic.  So, a couple of years ago I got a little shower pump like the one SeaDawg mentions above and it works great either outside or inside the Oliver.

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Backup insurance 👍 Keep the receipt, and you can return it to a Cabela's at home if you don't need it.

As you've discovered,  it's not always easy to find stuff (and services) after you've left the bigger cities in Canada and Alaska.  Anchorage and Fairbanks have pretty good stores, and usually selection. As do most of the larger cities in Canada. (Even Whitehorse, with its small population. ) Outside the cities, it's often a hunting expedition. 

We have a couple solar showers too, @topgun2, but that "shower" stream is indeed pretty puny. Good idea on the pump. Do you hang yours on the hook in the shower, or shower outside? I was always a bit afraid of too much weight on the shower hook handle. I think the big solar shower probably weighs 25 pounds or so, full.

Hey, and we're saving water, too, right? Fill containers at the camp supply, and keep the good water in the tank. Many of the alaska and Yukon territory campgrounds only have a hand pump,  or no water source at all, sometimes. 

@Southbird401I hope you have good luck in Wasilla. It's a nice town, and I hope your plumber is successful. Fingers crossed for you. Sincerely. 

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54 minutes ago, SeaDawg said:

Do you hang yours on the hook in the shower, or shower outside? I was always a bit afraid of too much weight on the shower hook handle. I think the big solar shower probably weighs 25 pounds or so, full.

Since I always have a 5 gallon bucket along - I usually simply dump the solar shower water in the bucket, sit the bucket on the toilet and have at it.  The solar showers I have are either 4 or 5 gallons - at roughly 8 pounds per gallon that weight is/was a concern.  However, on the inside of the Oliver I've found that the "shower hook handle"  doesn't budge, but, I still use the bucket on the toilet seat just to be safe.  On the outside I either use a Harbor Freight suction cup on the side of the Ollie or my shower tent (if I need to be modest).  Speaking of shower tents - the ones at WalMart get the job done and are a bunch less expensive compared to those found at Cabela's and the like  (WalMart shower tent).

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I agree. I think our solar showers are 2.5 or 3 gallons. Still, enough to be concerned about, weight wise, but enough to get clean. Most days.

A bucket of water with a black lid will get warm if in the sun, btw. In my experience.  I think the solar shower bags expose more surface to the sun, so a better option. Those are probably cheaper at Walmart, too, if in stock. 

One of my friends painted a bucket black, with krylon, for that purpose.  I never tried that. Maybe cover the whole thing with a black trash bag, and absorb those rays?

Boondockers get inventive, for sure.

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We bought a cheap large cook pot and have been doing splash showers. You can keep adding cold water and it stays warm enough till done. The camp shower should do well. 

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