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Old 03-04-2018, 05:40 PM   #15
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That is VERY dangerous!!! The gas valve will not close if the flame goes out.
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Old 03-04-2018, 07:54 PM   #16
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Yes, I only light it if Iím in the coach and keeping an eye on it. It wonít do for unattended operation.
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Old 03-25-2018, 08:46 PM   #17
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An update: the thermocouple once removed and tested put out well over the 10mv needed. But the end of the thermocouple going into the gas flow control was corroded. Once cleaned and reinstalled the good ol M50 fridge works perfectly.

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Old 03-26-2018, 07:11 AM   #18
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Glad my suggestion of cleaning the contact points at the gas valve worked.
Makes me wonder how many refers were replaced because of this problem.
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Old 03-27-2018, 06:34 AM   #19
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Thanks for your suggestions too. They were helpful. Imo, even if the thermocouple goes bad, a new sensor, a modern exposed wire sensor can be spliced into the original thermocouple end which fits into the controller.

Additionally, like you, I feel there must be a compatible replacement otf. Now that Iíve seen this thermocouple and its connector Iím on the lookout. glad to hv this unit back as it wks well and fits this Tradewind in every respect.
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Old 09-19-2018, 07:36 AM   #20
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http://www.suremarineservice.com/ice-box-conversion-components.aspx

See link above for the kit I used, using a flat evaporator. The compressor fits under the fridge, install through the opening vent door. You will need to drill a 1Ē diameter hole to provide access for the cooling lines and thermostat wires.

Itís really pretty easy.

Iím out of town right now, I can send some photos in a week or so.
The link no longer works. I have researched electric conversions and see kits from Norcold, Nova Kool, Isotherm and others. Which did you use? Were you also able to keep a working freezer with the flat plate evaporator? I see some sell a box shaped evaporator that forms a new freezer, but I think you'd have to remove the original freezer to use them.

Photos would be appreciated.
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Old 09-20-2018, 05:11 PM   #21
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http://www.suremarineservice.com/s.n...gory.318481/.f

Try this link above. I used a vitrifrigo conversion kit. Works great. No freezer with a flat plate evaporator, but they do offer a "boxed" evaporator that should fit in the freezer.

My propane system still works somewhat, when it is very hot outside or want to cool down quickly I run both the propane and 12V compressor at the same time.


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Old 09-20-2018, 05:37 PM   #22
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See photos attached:

(1) Outside of M50 fridge, (2)inside of fridge showing evaporator plate on back wall (looks like I need to defrost it!), coolant plumbing and thermostat and 1" hole I drilled in the bottom, (3) photo underneath the fridge showing compressor install (a little dark)
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Try this link above. I used a vitrifrigo conversion kit. Works great. No freezer with a flat plate evaporator, but they do offer a "boxed" evaporator that should fit in the freezer.

My propane system still works somewhat, when it is very hot outside or want to cool down quickly I run both the propane and 12V compressor at the same time.


I'll send some photos in a bit.
Thanks. And thanks for the photos. Interesting to install the electrical cooling plate and keep the gas system. I had not considered that option. I am still researching options for my 1962 Safari with an M50, which include trying to get the original gas system working, converting to electric, or having the fridge upgraded to modern controls. I guess I should add the hybrid system you went with to the options list.
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Old 10-14-2018, 02:48 PM   #24
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the end of that thermocouple looks like a normal one you see at lowes or homedepot in the water heater section.. only difference is the thread is course as most are fine thread I find. we have a convertor that adapts the threads. so of them are are US threads and some are European threads.


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