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Old 09-17-2013, 09:33   #1
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Any Coleman lantern collectors here?

Just started getting into them. A family friend passed away early this year and as his kids cleaned out the house, I inherited a few items. One was a 1982 220K in a big yellow case. It didn't work right away but I kept at it, found the problem, fixed it, and found a new hobby.

Any of you guys into these lanterns?
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:44   #2
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:49   #3
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Not a collector, but I have a red single mantle that I purchased in 1967. It was the star of many a camping and catfishing night. In those days before LED's and alkaline batteries, it was a fine piece of equipment.
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I've just got two. One that I bought around 1985, and an older one that was my fathers. Think he bought it when he and my mother bought their first house around 1955. It still works fine, and I've used it during power outages and night fishing. Every time I pump it up I think of watching him do it. They are great investments and nothing says summer to me more than watching the moths flickering around the hissing lantern..
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:51   #5
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I have one I bought in the base BX to use for the frequent power outages while I was working in the Philippines. Bought it around 1977.

Still works fine. I changed the mantles once, and put a kit in the pump once.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:31   #6
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I have a few, not to collect per se but for use. I prefer the older models; they were a better design. Newer ones have the handle attached to the globe cap. One screw loosens and the whole thing drops. The older ones have a four bar frame around the globe to which the handle is attached. Much better.
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I have a very old dual fuel, plus a newer one. I've also got a propane one, all are very loved.
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Old 09-17-2013, 13:35   #8
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I've got one from about 1975/76, two mantle, still in its original box and never used.
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I have two propane lanterns that look similar to the one in your photo. Each has the plastic case.

We also have an older white gas lantern that's really my father in law's. Red, dual mantle with a nice metal case. It loses pressure after quickly after pumping however. I've yet to work on it. I know the check valve leaks terribly, but if the pump valve sealed correctly, that shouldn't matter too much. It needs some parts and TLC.
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Old 09-17-2013, 14:04   #10
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I have a few Colemans. One dual fuel, and 2 propane. However I collect Aladdin single Mantle Lamps. I have 12 Aladdin's, and 1 Rayo.

This one isn't mine, but it's just an example.

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Old 09-17-2013, 15:29   #11
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Well not really a collector, but I guess you could say I'll eventually have two coleman propane lanterns, dual globes I believe. Technically they're currently mom's, but all they do is sit in the garage, and I'm slowly absorbing the camping equipment since she never uses it. So eventually they'll be mine, and I'll be happy to hear them working again, it will remind me of the fun camping trips we had as a family back when I was a kid.
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Old 09-17-2013, 18:37   #12
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My pal pointed out to me that the date of manufacture is stamped on the bottom.

I have one from the 1950's still in the box.

And btw, unleaded gasoline does not work in them, at least not for me anyway.
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Old 09-17-2013, 18:54   #13
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I'll have to go look at mine, I'm sure its from about 1969.

Still have the box, but its very worn.

My Dad bought it when we went camping in Florida to attend the opening of Disneyworld.
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My '82 220 runs great. My '73 220 needs a new generator. The propane lantern is hard to light and singed the hair on my left hand.
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Old 09-17-2013, 23:37   #15
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Love 'em. I've got four right now, two propane dual mantle and one single mantle, and one white gas.

The light plus heat aspect is really nice for off season camping.



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Old 09-18-2013, 12:14   #16
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I fixed the generator on the '73 today.
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Old 09-18-2013, 14:30   #17
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I have about 15 of them. Several red 'Sunshine of the Night'. A couple 'big hats' and 2 Military Vietnam era still in the box with all the extras.
I found a site online that gives really good directions for repairing and maintaining them. Sorry for not including a link, but you can probably find it yourself.
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Old 09-18-2013, 15:35   #18
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Not a collector but I own two of them and they come in handy quite often in the winter. I have a hunting property with a cabin on it that is not wired for power. The lanterns put out light and heat. They also show a blood trail in the dark better than any flashlight I have ever tracked with.

Easy to fix/rebuild with part you can buy at Walmart and cheap to run. One of the ones I use is probably 30 years old and still going.
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Old 09-24-2013, 20:22   #19
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Scored a like-new Dual Fuel 285A today for $20 locally.

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I have from the early 1980s a small back packer size the is too big to back pack. Haven't used it in years but reading how well the older one work I expect this one still does.
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