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Old 04-19-2015, 02:25 PM   #1
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1967 Safari 22' original fridge- gas operation

Hello all, I have a question about running the refrigerator on gas while traveling.
I had a 2000 Lance 1010 truck camper which I took on a 7500 mile cross country trip with the refrigerator on gas operation. I'm wondering if anyone uses their vintage refrigerator on gas when traveling? Before I attempt to use it I'll check the LP system for leaks. Any info is appreciated.

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Sam.

Ps. If anyone knows what brand/model will fit if I must replace it, please let me know.
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Old 04-19-2015, 05:06 PM   #2
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The previous owners of our Safari just gave up and disconnected the gas, using it as an icebox. I don't have any good advice (because I'm a noob), but I wanted to tag along your conversation to see if you get any good recommendations on replacing the Dometic. Some have said get a new fridge, using the old door to keep the vintage look.
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Old 04-19-2015, 05:17 PM   #3
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We fulltimed for ten years and had the refrig on gas nearly every time we traveled. Our previous trailer had a three-way (gas, 120 and 12volt) so had it on 12volt when traveling. It that's an option go for it. I have no problem having ours on gas when heading down the highway. However, our TV is diesel powered and we often use out of the way diesel pumps when refueling. If our only choice are diesel pumps co-mingled with gas pumps when we refuel than we usually will shut down the refrigerator until leaving the refueling area. Incidentally, our 1993 Dometic refrigerator is original and still cooling well although their usual life is only 12 to 15 years.

For replacement, go to the Dometic site and they give you a model for model replacement chart with dimensions.

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Old 04-19-2015, 05:24 PM   #4
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I usually have the fridge cooled down by the electric before leaving on a trip.
I'll run the fridge on gas while traveling unless its a short 1 hour run to one of the local campgrounds.
BTW my original fridge cools better on gas.

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Old 04-19-2015, 05:31 PM   #5
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I run my RM100 on gas while traveling
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Old 04-19-2015, 05:44 PM   #6
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Refrigerator

We have the very same airstream as you do and our refrigerator pilot light blows out as we travel down the highway every time without fail.

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Old 04-20-2015, 06:38 AM   #7
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Thanks for the reply, will the pilot stay lit while stationary? And have you evere had it cleaned/serviced? Just wondering.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:41 AM   #8
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We also have a diesel TV and depending on how difficult it is to get the pilot lit I may shut it off to refuel. We do not have 12V option.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:44 AM   #9
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Greg, does your camper still have the original heater? Ours does but the previous owner disconnected the original thermostat and installed a digital to control A/C.
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:17 AM   #10
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As with Greg's situation - our pilot light tends to blows out while traveling also. Since our fridge is an original 1980 Dometic gas/elec unit, we run it on gas the night before traveling (because it seems to cool much better on gas than electric), then turn it off while on the road. When we arrive at our destination, we either hook up to electric or turn the gas back on.
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:24 AM   #11
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I use the original Dometic 50 with my 61. I usually light it up morning before I leave, get the fridge cold, pack it, then travel. I never move with the gas on. If you do not open the fridge, it stays cold for quite a while. When I get to my location, light the pilot and keep going. I have run, so far, for a week without shutting it down and use barely half a tank of propane between that and my water heater (which is a new electric/LP heater). Two modifications I made - first, added a small fan to help remove exhaust out the vent. I believe the 61 has a smaller vent, but it really helps. I also added an LP/CO2 alarm to the trailer, just in case the pilot goes out or exhaust does not evacuate properly. The Dometic 50 still used a Klaxon that is flukey, not sure what burner yours has.
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Old 04-20-2015, 03:31 PM   #12
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My '67 has the original Dometic gas/110v elec refrig. I tow while operating it on gas, but must remember to cut the gas off while refueling the tow vehicle. Some places require valves on gas bottles be shut when towing ie Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnell and I would imagine there are other such places but haven't encountered any others.
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Old 04-22-2015, 07:34 AM   #13
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Pilot light, Refrigerator

When the unit is stationary our pilot light fires up and stays lit 100% of the time. Original refrigerator works extremely well. In our 1967 22' safari there is a 6" X 9" ventilation hole directly under the refrigator. This ventilation hole is covered with 1/4" X 1/4" steel mesh allowing fresh air to enter the rear/bottom of the refrigerator for cooling. As we drive down the highway I would think the air turbulence generated blows out the pilot light as this vent hole is within 12" of the pilot light.

I might think there would be a way to mitigate the turbulence and still maintain air flow, but I have not gotten there yet.

About our heater--the Safari has its original heater and thermostat. Both work just as they should ( plugged in to shore power and not). When we took possession we removed the heater, inspecting, cleaning and adjusting the unit.

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Old 06-26-2015, 10:16 PM   #14
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what is the best replacement fridge for a 1968 tradewinds? I have looked at Dometic, but they are too wide for the opening by just over 1 inch and I would have to cut into cabinets...
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