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Old 07-21-2007, 10:48 PM   #1
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Question dometic Fridge question

well on my long list of to-do's before we start on cosmetics, I'm trying to chase down some issues on the frig. When we found the trailer, the fridge was laying on its side on the floor, having been victim of an ill-attempt at making a recording studio out of an airstream. Thankfully he didn't get far. I tipped the unit up, heard the liquid moving around inside a bit. I figured it was a goner, but plugged it in the next day and in about an hour we had ice forming inside the freezer and cool in the main area. This was on electric. As I'm starting this week on checking all the gas lines, replacing the rubber lines at the tanks etc, I noticed that where the pilot light is there is simply a piece of tin that seems to somewhat shield it from the wall, but the pilot seems open air in the rest of the compartment, and would be just a couple feet above the plywood floor. During demo did the po toss a piece of sheet metal, or is this really how exposed these pilot lights are in the hatch area. Model number as best I can make it out on the plate is MB 52 C (though the first one could be a "N"). Had a 9v battery unit hooked up for lighting, so figure they must have used it on propane at some point.

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Old 07-22-2007, 09:23 AM   #2
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My fridge is a bit older, so I'm not familiar with electric capability. However, I remember a multi-model Dometic service manual being referenced in this post . It includes your MB52 model and may have some info to help. The Vintage Airstream Club also has this 1965 Dometic manual on its site. Regarding the pilot location, my entire burner is open to the compartment, is unshielded, and is less than a foot from the floor and the casework. I think this was the norm in the older models.
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Old 07-22-2007, 10:57 AM   #3
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wow that is more than I hoped to find. Has the same model on the link that I have. Lots of reading to do, thanks a million! BTW the plate in the manual looks exactly like I have.
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I have a 65 Caravel with a dometic gas (non electric) and the entire burner assembly is only about 2 inches above the floor. I have had it for 18 years and there has been no problem with over heating the floor.

My burner orfice had plugged on my last trip and I took it out to clean the jet. Now the flame is so high when it turns on to max cool it blow itself out. I am wondering if some one has advice on adjusting the air volume restricter. I either am letting it have too much or too little air. Any advice.

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I am heading for church so won't get any reply until I return in about 2 hours. It is Sunday July 22, 07.
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fridge

well if anyone needs our old fridge it looks like we're going to order a new fridge, range, and hot water heater though Jevin at Palomino and start fresh. It works good, just nice to have all new plastic, metal etc. Located in Central Washington State.
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... I either am letting it have too much or too little air. ...
Tighten the air control sleeve until the flame starts to burn yellow, then let more air in (loosen sleeve) until the inner flame looks good & the whole flame does not lift off the burner.

A mild "roaring" noise does not hurt anything, but you may find it annoying at O'dark thirty. Let a little more air in to get rid of it.

Don't run with a yellow flame as this will allow soot to build up in the chimney you just cleaned...

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