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Old 07-31-2008, 11:38 PM   #1
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Hi,

Just finished a 10 day tour of Ontario, Canada.
Great trip, kids loved it.
One sad note, I couldn't get the fridge to cool reliably.
EVer since I've owned the Caravel the fridge has been very finicky - seemingly needing micro level adjustments to get it to work well.

So upon returning I jumped on the forums to see what I could do to troubleshoot. With some knowledge in hand I went out to the trailer and took some photos. Classic example of Ammonia leaking.
Odd thing is that the fridge still does work... now and again.
However, ever since I've owned it the pilot button has to be held down for the flame to stay lit...don't know why...the PO actually has it bent in behind a mental plate to keep it depressed.

Three questions:
#1) What is the model of the Dometic that is in my trailer - it doesn't have a model # that I recognize..it does say Dometic on the door but Electrolux on the id plate.
#2) What should I replace it with...can I keep the front door as I'd like to keep the trailer as original as possible.
#3) What $$$ should I expect, as I just invested 1.5K in a complete new water system this summer.

thanks,

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Old 08-01-2008, 08:13 AM   #2
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You can get the fridge rebuilt. I know one place is Snyder's Refridgeration in PA, but there are others I recall about $300 plus shipping for a rebuld. The problem I encountered with my 71 is no one makes a replacement the same size as the original. For me this is a factor in deciding to rebuld or replace.

The pilot problem sounds like the thermocople and/or safety valve. The thermocouple sends a very small electric current to the safety valve which has a magneticly operated plunger type valve. Despite what others tell you there are old new stock parts available out of Elkhart. The rest of your description sounds like more serious problems.

I am sure others will tell you otherwise, but I jimmied my pilot valve in the open position. The gas is minimal, heavier than air and there is a vent through the floor right under it. I do have propane, CO and smoke alarms installed in my coach however.
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The black plate with stamped lettering (shown on the left side of your first picture) should have the model number. I believe the Dometic website has a conversion table showing the model that is closest in size to yours for replacement purposes.
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:17 AM   #4
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Numbers from plate

The prod #s and serial #s might help:
Prod: 9260808
Serial: 905-2411

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The prod #s and serial #s might help:
Prod: 9260808
Serial: 905-2411

thanks in advance,

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Julison,

I just called Dometic tech support to get you a model # from the product and serial #'s, and they said that the #'s were incomplete and could not find a model # from them, saying that there were not enough digits in the #'s.

Take another look at the data plate to see if you missed any digits in these #'s and I'll get back to Dometic and try to get you a model #.
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Old 08-01-2008, 01:04 PM   #6
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Product Number and serial number check

Thanks Lewster,

I rechecked - that's all there is.
Perhaps it was shift change at the Dometic factory and the night shift guy never added the final #s.

Here's a pic to describe.

thanks for all your help.
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Is there a model number in the space immediately to the left of the product number?
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Should be a short with letters and numbers like RM 62
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:13 PM   #9
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Reefer Model Number (69 Caravel)

HI,

Could call, I pulled the whole nameplate from the fridge and low and behold there was a model Number hidden away.
MA 40c.

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That model doesn't seem to match up with anything on the Dometic site. Hopefully Lewster will be able to make another call to get some information for you.
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That model doesn't seem to match up with anything on the Dometic site.
They don't make the model anymore. Measure the old fridge and look at the specs for new fridges. Maybe get lucky and find something close. A Norcold might also fit.

PS Just about every other TT in the world except Airstream is just held in place by 4 screws in the floor, but not Airstream. Expect to have to take out a bulkhead and counter and about a gaziillion screws attaching it to the cabinetry.
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They don't make the model anymore. Measure the old fridge and look at the specs for new fridges. Maybe get lucky and find something close. A Norcold might also fit.
I realize that, but they have a table showing old models and their contemporary replacements, based upon size.
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NOPE!!!!

They sure don't make them any more........nor do they support them after 40 years.

Lumatic pretty much has it right. You'll have to get a new unit that is closest to your current unit's dimensions, or have your cooling unit re-built.

The latter will be much cheaper, but the former will give you more piece of mind AND a warranty!!!
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I realize that, but they have a table showing old models and their contemporary replacements, based upon size.
Bad Omen.
I suspect there is no new Dometic that comes close to the old specs.
Don't give up before checking Norcold. But, there may be no alternative to putting in an undersized fridge or modifying the cabinetry to fit a larger unit, or having the old unit rebuilt.
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