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LPG solenoid switch by Newmar - replacement?
My Pacific Seacraft 37 has a fused LPG solenoid switch that I'd like to replace. It works most of the time, but the fuse holder has a tiny piece that's broken so the fuse won't stay put. Alas, the maker of this panel (Newmar) doesn't make it anymore, and a company that did make a replacement (Seaward) apparently went out of business. There are some similar switches out there, but I cannot find one that's close to the same size (mine is 3 1/4" x 4 1/2").
Has anyone with a Pacific Seacraft (or anyone else reading this) replaced this unit or found an alternative approach? In my ideal world, I could replace just the fuse holder, but I'd be happy if I could find a whole new panel of similar size.
Now for a bit of ranting: I won't go into detail about the trials and tribulations of LPG cooking, but a warning to folks sailing to far corners of the planet: some governments don't allow you to refill your boat's LPG bottles, and some of the same places don't allow use of alternative bottles that will fit into a PS37 gas locker (and good luck finding gas fittings to hook up the fat alternatives). Have a backup plan, or steel yourself to eat cold food straight from a can (which is probably fine, but I'm old enough to remember the days when that was considered extremely risky to one's life).