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Old 10-12-2010, 12:55 PM   #15
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It did run on propane when I had it up on the ranch, but it sure seemed to use up the gas quickly plus each time the tank went empty, it was a real hard time getting it lit again solo. The striker does not work either.

I will go and check that the plug is in tight from the outside. I think that is probably not the problem, the trailer was parked for some time when it quit. Is there a fuse that goes to the frig? A friend wants to come take all my fuses out to check them, but I don't want to do it unless it is necessary. Murphy's law.

I don't think I have the tool for checking power, but I got the number for a mobile RV service that might help me. I would love to put in a new frig, but it is like a $1000 including installation.......
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:40 PM   #16
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It did run on propane when I had it up on the ranch, but it sure seemed to use up the gas quickly plus each time the tank went empty, it was a real hard time getting it lit again solo. The striker does not work either.

I will go and check that the plug is in tight from the outside. I think that is probably not the problem, the trailer was parked for some time when it quit. Is there a fuse that goes to the frig? A friend wants to come take all my fuses out to check them, but I don't want to do it unless it is necessary. Murphy's law.

I don't think I have the tool for checking power, but I got the number for a mobile RV service that might help me. I would love to put in a new frig, but it is like a $1000 including installation.......

If you can afford to have an RV tech look at it you should. It shouldn't cost much to determine if this one is worth repairing or not. If they can repair it, they should also fix the lighter. Mine was repairable with parts from a Bic lighter.
The electrical tester I'm thinking of is just a little block with a light on one side and prongs on the other side, to plug into any outlet. I wouldn't even call it a tool. It's just a "thingy that plugs into the wall socket to see if there's power or not".
Threaten to re-wire your friends house, before they come and pull out all of your fuses. It wouldn't be a fuse. It will be a breaker.

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Old 10-12-2010, 05:45 PM   #17
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OK, I checked from the outside to see if the plug was in tight. It was. Then I took the small table top frig that I brought with me and plugged it into the same outlet. That frig turned on so at least I know it is not a power issue. The repair guy has not called me back yet. Will he have to pull the whole frig to try and repair it? Or can the most likely repairs be done from the outside?

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Old 10-12-2010, 06:10 PM   #18
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The heating element is mounted to the bottom of the refer. They will probably have to remove it to get to the element, unless it's a bad connection in the cord or cord-to-element connection. Those can be checked and fixed without removing the refer.
These old appliances should have the connections checked out anyway. they can get corroded and loose.
Your oven should be checked by a professional as well. It sounds like it just needs an adjustment to the burner, which should be easy and inexpensive, and as a bonus, your food will taste better!

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Old 10-12-2010, 06:15 PM   #19
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Thanks! I think I am just worried that this guy will pull it all apart only to find out I need a new frig after all....... I'll need every cent I have if that is the direction I am heading in.

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Old 10-12-2010, 06:30 PM   #20
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I know how you feel.
Ask them to check the heating element first, without removing the refer. It's an electrical device that can be checked in-place with a volt/ohm meter, which your tech will have (if not, send them away, never to return). If the element is bad, and they cannot replace it, it should be obvious to them. If that's the case, have them leave it in place until the new one is ready to be installed. That way there will be no questions about how the old one was installed, etc.
Another approach is to locate another old refer with a good element and switch them out.

Best to you Carol!

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Old 10-12-2010, 06:58 PM   #21
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Thanks again, I hate to be the dumb blond when the repair guy shows up, "Lookie here lady, we're going to have to cut the trailer in half to get the frig out. Just throw a tarp over the roof with a few rocks on top. We'll keep trying to put in some old junk parts until we find the magic one. Sorry we can't give you any warranty on anything, you'll just have to trust us......"

Which brings up the oven problem... If the trouble is that the fuel mixture is too rich, how do I go about adjusting it? Or will that likely blow me to smitheens and then we don't have to worry about the frig anymore?

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Old 10-12-2010, 09:33 PM   #23
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Carol, I have the owners manual for mine, believe it or not, and it has instructions for the adjustments and a picture for clarity. I can't type it out here and now, but in the morning I can scan it and post it for you. Yours is a '66 but I doubt there's any serious difference between the two. In any case, you can show it to a repairperson if you decide it's not your cup of tea.
You sound like you've dealt with some repair people before. I can only wish you luck and hope that you pick a winner!

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Thank you, thank you. My repair guy just called and he is coming out Friday. He said that if it is not the air/fuel mixture that it is impossible to get parts for a 1966 and I will need a whole new range. He will also test the heating unit on the frig. Keep your fingers crossed.... I'll check tomorrow for your instructions.

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There could be a spider web in the burner tube or you might not have the proper pressure in the propane system to make it burn correctly, but those are things he should know to check.
It is almost always a simple thing that causes these to not work right. You might fix it before he gets there.

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Carol,

If you need me to search for used parts, I have a source. There is a great place here in sacramento "RV Doctor George". Super nice guy, knows everything about RVs and is a fixer. He also has accumulated a couple warehouses full of old rv parts. I like going there just to look around. He has a website. Google him.

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Thanks again, I hate to be the dumb blond when the repair guy shows up, "Lookie here lady, we're going to have to cut the trailer in half to get the frig out. Just throw a tarp over the roof with a few rocks on top. We'll keep trying to put in some old junk parts until we find the magic one. Sorry we can't give you any warranty on anything, you'll just have to trust us......"

Which brings up the oven problem... If the trouble is that the fuel mixture is too rich, how do I go about adjusting it? Or will that likely blow me to smitheens and then we don't have to worry about the frig anymore?

Carol
But you don't have to be the dumb blond, Carol, you have all the wisdom of the Forums members to help you! If the repair guy isn't making sense to you, tell him you'll have to check with your consultants before proceeding.

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There could be a spider web in the burner tube or you might not have the proper pressure in the propane system to make it burn correctly, but those are things he should know to check.
It is almost always a simple thing that causes these to not work right. You might fix it before he gets there.

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Hmmm---we had mud daubbers in the air intake for our generator, they apparently like the smell of propane and nest there.

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