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Old 02-18-2019, 04:59 PM   #1
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My '61 Dometic died!

I've been nursing the burner/pilot on the Dometic refrigerator in my '61 Tradewind for a couple years now, but I fear it's finally giving up the ghost. Takes forever to light, sometimes won't stay lit once the burner kicks in, and dies completely when it reaches the set temperature.

I'm sure the burner/pilot assembly is no longer available. Has anyone found a replacement that allows you to still keep the refrigeration unit itself?
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:36 PM   #2
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My '61 Dometic died!

I guess there are 2 options, cobble the propane system and controls from a late model unit or convert it to a 12 v compressor. I have an original working fridge in a '61 and if it's burner dies I'm going to try a Frankenstein with a late model dead fridge that I collected. I believe that the Btu requirement is much higher in the old fridge so it might need some extra help to get the flame bigger.
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Yep, that's what I've concluded as well. Really want to stay with a propane system since I'm off-grid a lot and only have one large solar-powered 12V battery. It's fine for lights, music, etc, but would empty pretty fast powering a frig, I think. I'd love to find an old Dometic that I could steal the burner from, but they're pretty hard to locate.
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I found a mid '70's fridge that has a bad cooling pack. I'm planning on using everything from the propane inlet to the burner, including the controls. "Planning" is the wrong word I guess. I'm actually "hoping" I don't have too!
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Old RV fridge

So when I first got my 69 caravel, it still had the orig dometic in it. The fridge worked fine, but some of the plastic shelving on the door was broken, and there were some stains on the interior.

I thought, well, I'll use this as long as it works, then when it finally dies, I'll replace it with a nice new one!

Well, 15 years (!) later, the thing is still working! Others have advised me that when it does die, I should fix it up because the new ones don't last but a few years, and if I do get rid of it, to call them, because they would buy it off of me and fix it up.

I don't know where to get replacement parts, but I assume there are folks out there who can actually repair the darn things.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:23 AM   #6
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Thank you for the feedback and great ideas. Not quite sure where I could find another old Dometic- or any propane refrig from that era- but that's what I'll start looking for. If I do find one and am able to use the parts, I'll post something so you can all see how successfully (or disastrously) it went!
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Yep, that's what I've concluded as well. Really want to stay with a propane system since I'm off-grid a lot and only have one large solar-powered 12V battery. It's fine for lights, music, etc, but would empty pretty fast powering a frig, I think. I'd love to find an old Dometic that I could steal the burner from, but they're pretty hard to locate.

I have a 1964 Dometic that would not cool anymore...hydrogen leak killed it. I have already sold the door from it. Would be happy to part it out further. It always lit and ran perfectly fine on gas and also on electric. Let me know exactly what you need, and maybe we can figure something out.


I had also replaced the electric thermostat a year before it died. I have the original packaging from that and will remove it before scrapping the unit completely.
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Wow, very cool, thanks so much. I will take a picture of my burner unit and sent it along and maybe we can figure out if yours will work.
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