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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).
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In my ideal world, I could replace just the fuse holder...
Try Googling "panel mount fuse holder" or "panel mount square head fuse holder" and look at the images. If you can't find the square holder locally, it looks like it fits in a 1/2" diameter round hole, and any common fuse holder for glass fuses would fit in the hole.
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Try Googling "panel mount fuse holder" or "panel mount square head fuse holder" and look at the images. If you can't find the square holder locally, it looks like it fits in a 1/2" diameter round hole, and any common fuse holder for glass fuses would fit in the hole.
http://www.amazon.com/Seachoice-Squa...re+fuse+holder

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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).
Take a look at posts 83 and following of this thread. Propane Solenoid experiences , good/bad/best - Page 6 - Cruisers & Sailing Forums I've had trouble filling tanks even here in the US. Having the ability to decant one tank into another is a handy skill.

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I know of this switch panel with a circuit breaker, there may be other sources.
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Try Googling "panel mount fuse holder" or "panel mount square head fuse holder" and look at the images. If you can't find the square holder locally, it looks like it fits in a 1/2" diameter round hole, and any common fuse holder for glass fuses would fit in the hole.
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions to find a replacement fuse holder. Alas, I haven't found one that looks like it'll fit. The holder on the Newmar panel has a little plastic nib (or had it; it broke off) that secures the holder inside the switch box. The switch works fine if the fuse holder his held in place. (If I can find a three-handed cook, he/she could to hold it in place and use the stove at the same time.)

In one of the threads that was recommended in another reply, someone does mention the problem with this switch: Whale bought out Seaward (who started making it after Newmar stopped doing so, for lack of parts) and then discontinued the product. Such is the world today.

Alas, the new panel that I'll probably have to go with (pointed out in another reply) is much smaller than the Newmar panel. It'll work fine, but I'll have to fabricate something to cover the hole in the boat's woodwork. This is going to be one of those super simple jobs that takes at least a whole day, but only after I gather up all the parts and materials (that is, weeks/months away). As I often remind myself, it's a boat!

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Are you a little bit of a handyman ?
take that panel off , and look at what is behind , where that fuse is , can you replace that set -up with a new fuse holder or an in line fuse ?
that would be the easiest , and cheapest for you , and very safe as well
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Are you a little bit of a handyman ?
take that panel off , and look at what is behind , where that fuse is , can you replace that set -up with a new fuse holder or an in line fuse ?
that would be the easiest , and cheapest for you , and very safe as well
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Good idea; you were reading my mind! If the internal wiring allows for this, I can simply glue the (empty) fuse holder back in place for aesthetics. I tried once already to get the panel off, but it didn't come out easily. It may be glued in as well as screwed. I will make another try but must be prepared for something to get damaged in the process. My first choice was to replace the fuse holder, thus avoiding all of this.
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Re: LPG solenoid switch by Newmar - replacement?

Sure Marine in Seattle makes their own small, fused switch panel for LPG solenoids as well as selling Seward and Trident panels. Since they make their own they may have some parts you could use to repair yours. Sure Marine Service, Inc. * Since 1972 * Webasto Marine Heating, Air Conditioning, and Galley Equipment

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Sure Marine in Seattle makes their own small, fused switch panel for LPG solenoids as well as selling Seward and Trident panels. Since they make their own they may have some parts you could use to repair yours. Sure Marine Service, Inc. * Since 1972 * Webasto Marine Heating, Air Conditioning, and Galley Equipment

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Many thanks John. Alas, I tried Sure Marine previously. They had the Seaward panel I want on their website, but when I tried to order it they came back with apologies that it's no longer produced. As you say, they do make the smaller panel.

I haven't used Sure Marine, but they look like a good source of cooking-related parts I will want to buy eventually.
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