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Old 09-24-2007, 09:44 AM   #1
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Can the pilot light on the Fridge be manually lite?

I have a 76 27' Overlander with a Fridge that will run on gas or elec. The problem is the igniter switch for the gas pilot light has rusted off. Can the pilot light be lite with a match. If it can where is it located. Any help will be appricated. -Eddie
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:58 AM   #2
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I have a 76 27' Overlander with a Fridge that will run on gas or elec. The problem is the igniter switch for the gas pilot light has rusted off. Can the pilot light be lite with a match. If it can where is it located. Any help will be appricated. -Eddie
Yes, open the access pannel, there is a cover that swings away for the flame, I Turn the gas on, Depress the plunger that you "pull" from the inside, while hilding a Match light stick thing in the area. Use caution to NOT allow too much gas to build up in there. Let go of the plunger after a few seconds, it should stay lit.
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Old 09-24-2007, 10:03 AM   #3
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Oh yeah, it is the access pannel on the exterior of the rig...
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Old 09-24-2007, 10:23 AM   #4
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Manually lighting an old refrigerator

Do you have an RM100? On our old trailer (a 79 Ambassador), the plastic parts just started to die from old age, so I always lighted it with a match. I would use a screwdriver to wedge under the plunger on the gas valve until the thermocouple got hot enough to hold it open. Before lighting, I used to build a small aluminum foil tent above the burner and tap lightly on the cast iron chimney just above it. Usually a large amount of rust dust would pour down from the chimney. By doing this, it prevented a similar shower from putting out the flame when you least expect it.
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:09 AM   #5
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That did Balrgn. Thanks a million. It's light now and I'm going to let it run for a while and see if the temp drops. I bought this AS last week and I'm still trying to get familure with it. Now it appears the only thing I can't get to work is the hot water heater. The pilot light will not light and I can't figure it out.
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That did Balrgn. Thanks a million. It's light now and I'm going to let it run for a while and see if the temp drops. I bought this AS last week and I'm still trying to get familure with it. Now it appears the only thing I can't get to work is the hot water heater. The pilot light will not light and I can't figure it out.
Nice!

Let it run at least 4 hours before you get concerned about getting cold. Place you hand in the freezer to check for "cold"

On my 77 Argosy I removed the burner assembly to find the pilot flow orifice blocked solid. At fist glance it looked to have no hole whatsoever.... Under a magnifying glass I found a tiny black spot, took a pin and worked the blockage free. Installed it back into the heater and adjusted the flow to the pilot, works like new!
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I'll try that and see what happens. I tried turning the hot water heater to on and lighting the gas with a butan lighter while by passing the pilot light and no luck there either.
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I'll try that and see what happens. I tried turning the hot water heater to on and lighting the gas with a butan lighter while by passing the pilot light and no luck there either.
I typicaly "warm" up the pilot area and sending line for a minute or so, then press down the pilot plunger to let gas flow, if it does not light, I turn it to on, and light the flame. The pilot, if it not blocked, then lights and stays on.

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