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Old 09-06-2006, 09:35 PM   #29
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doors are spring loaded I believe...PM me and I'll give you the info where to order your parts.
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Old 09-10-2006, 05:23 AM   #30
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From what I can tell - it looks all there - I had one and the ceramic burner was cracked and therefore useless.......

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If anybody is interested, I can obtain burner parts, the head, ceramic, rings, ect.
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Old 09-10-2006, 05:47 AM   #31
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I have an original LP-only Dometic in my trailer, with "the dreaded Klixon valve." The outside and inside of refer are in fairly good condition, though, and as I was suckered into buying a trailer that needed a complete ground-up restore, I am truly hoping to avoid the $1000 purchase of a new refer!

Klixon valve seems to operate OK on lighting, and unit cools down quickly. Gas won't stay on for a prolonged period, however. I have found diagrams and operating instructions online (VAC website), am trying to figure out if my burner and valve assembly are all there, and if the aluminum "tongue" on the Klixon valve is in the right place. Below are some pics. If anyone out there has (or has had and remembers!) this type of unit, please look at these closely and tell me what you think. (The burner nose is what doesn't look exactly like the diagrams I found, to me. Tongue location seems about right, but not sure.)

Thanks for any input on troubleshooting.
I think I can get new Klixon valves also
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:39 PM   #32
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Its amazing how one bubble out of plumb can affect one's life. I got the TW completely level yesterday, turned the refer thermostat to 9, lit the Klixon and hoped for the best. In about 20 minutes the freezer was 65 degrees. Four hours later, freezer at 30. Today, WOOHOO! I HAVE ICE. Never knew a chunk of frozen water sitting in a 46 year old ice box could look so good. Freezer is a frosty 18 degrees and the fridge was 30. Lesson learned, leveling IS important.
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Old 09-12-2006, 02:31 PM   #33
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Its amazing how one bubble out of plumb can affect one's life. I got the TW completely level yesterday, turned the refer thermostat to 9, lit the Klixon and hoped for the best. In about 20 minutes the freezer was 65 degrees. Four hours later, freezer at 30. Today, WOOHOO! I HAVE ICE. Never knew a chunk of frozen water sitting in a 46 year old ice box could look so good. Freezer is a frosty 18 degrees and the fridge was 30. Lesson learned, leveling IS important.
good to hear that...level is important, because the tubing in those units are pitched so the ammonia runs to the bottom. when the fridge is off level, it can disturbe the flow of the ammonia. Remember these don't have compressors, they rely on gravity to work.
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Old 09-12-2006, 03:03 PM   #34
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good to hear that...level is important, because the tubing in those units are pitched so the ammonia runs to the bottom. when the fridge is off level, it can disturbe the flow of the ammonia. Remember these don't have compressors, they rely on gravity to work.
Thanks RV Cool, so in this case with my refer, gravity is my friend, right? Too bad that isn't true for people as they get older!
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Old 09-12-2006, 03:30 PM   #35
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I was so excited I got the klixon fired up and was able to make ice I took a picture of it . . . then didn't post it because I thought people would think I was nuts (which I am). Glad to hear you got it working again.
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Old 09-12-2006, 03:40 PM   #36
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I was so excited I got the klixon fired up and was able to make ice I took a picture of it . . . then didn't post it because I thought people would think I was nuts (which I am). Glad to hear you got it working again.
No Mark, you're not nuts at all . . . . or maybe we both are. I debated grabbing my camera yesterday, but naw . . . people would think I was nuts! Congratulations on your refer's good health. I know exactly how much it means.
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BTW, is that your vintage Tradewind table under your vintage ice cube tray? Looks good.
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no that's my vintage Flying Cloud table, and thanks we like it too (it's the "coffee table" in our living room).
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Old 09-12-2006, 09:37 PM   #38
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It is very exciting to get the fridge fired up an have it make ice like it did
40 years ago .Its also exciting to order Ogden water purifier carteidges for a
purifier thats has not been made for 40 years .very high on the COOL factor.
thanks Sugarfoot.

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Old 03-18-2011, 12:15 PM   #39
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Unhappy Anyone still out there with a working 1950's-1960's LP-only Dometic?

because I'm really frustrated!

My trailer has been stationary and in use merely as a guest room for the past 3 years, and so I've been slow to repair the inside door liner of the original Dometic fridge, to build a chase for the new vents I installed high and low behind it, or to find a new gasket for the door.

But now I'm getting ready to start using the trailer for camping, so working on fridge again, and had my RV tech out yesterday to work on a couple of other things.

He and I were BOTH frustrated because, although I've gotten the Klixon valve lit and the fridge working three times before -- most recently about 18 months ago with him -- NEITHER ONE OF US CAN REMEMBER HOW WE DID IT! I mean, I do remember having to hold heat on the Klixon a long time, but is there some obscure kind of gas valve to turn on first? There was nothing obvious to either of us, e.g., to push in or turn on while holding heat on the Klixon. But all we had were some wimpy grill lighters, so maybe that was the problem -- I'm hoping!

All the helpful-looking links on this thread are no longer functioning. Can anyone refresh my memory? Or do I just need to go get a mini-torch?

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Might not be any gas getting to the unit itself?
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Is this the same frig as the subject of the original post in 2006? I'm saving one dollar a day so I can buy a new refrigerator in three years. Do I have a good plan?
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It is the same one. And I've had it working 3 times since 2006, but haven't left it on more than overnight because needed to repair door liner & replace gasket, and didn't really NEED to use it till now.

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