Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-29-2010, 10:55 PM   #15
3 Rivet Member
 
olddog299's Avatar
 
1990 25' Excella
Currently Looking...
Glenburn , Maine
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 142
Do you have something that looks like an inclined plane symbol on the right-hand side of the controller panel on the front of the fridge? It should be to the right of the "check" LED. If there isn't, someone may have put a control panel from a rm2812 on your unit (that one has a knob inside for temp. control). Or it may simply have the legend "AUTOMATIC REFRIGERATOR TEMPERATURE CONTROL". That's a later revision of the control and they really do (sort-of) work on the temperature being controlled by a factory preset temperature setting.
__________________

__________________

wil


AIR 22828
TAC ME-3
Universal Address: 97XX5 QGG5Z
Longitude: -68.814136
Latitude: 44.894663
olddog299 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2010, 11:34 PM   #16
2 Rivet Member
 
tawakoni1's Avatar
 
1999 25' Safari
Georgetown , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 29
Smile

Yes, it says"AUTOMATIC REFRIGERATOR TEMPERATURE CONTROL" and there are no knobs, inclined planes, digital displays, abacus, sun dials, or anything else that I can tell to change the temp setting. I will go on the assumption that automatic control means automatic and I hope it works pretty well, sort of , like you say! Thanks!
__________________

__________________
tawakoni1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2010, 03:27 AM   #17
2 Rivet Member
 
tawakoni1's Avatar
 
1999 25' Safari
Georgetown , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 29
Question

Now the freezer door does not want to open. I feel dumb, but I don't know what to do with it. Has anyone had this happen or know what to do? It was working fine until a couple of days ago. It is not on presently and the fridge door opens.
__________________
tawakoni1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2010, 04:06 PM   #18
2 Rivet Member
 
jhenschen's Avatar
 
1967 26' Overlander
bettendorf , Iowa
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 37
Images: 5
I figured I'd toss my problem into this thread. We took our '67 Overlander out for the first time this weekend and discovered that the OE Dometic fridge won't cool. Wait, let me back up a bit. When we went to pick it up from the PO, he had everything plugged in and working. The only problem with the fridge was that the gasket was bad and the door was a bit wonky. I replaced the gasket and made new hinges. Now the door seals perfectly.

However... when we got to the campsite, we plugged into the power, turned on the A/C and then tried to start the fridge. I followed the directions precisely and after waiting about 30 minutes, noticed that it wasn't cooling at all. So I fiddle with the nobs, etc. and after about 15 minutes my wife says that she flipped the switch to ON and wondered why I hadn't done that. I swore I'd left it in the ON position, but oh well. So we wait another 30 minutes and open the freezer door and its obviously working. Its pretty darned cold. So we're happy. I go back in an hour later to get a drink out of the freezer and its warm in there again. *sigh*

So I give up with that. I decide to try out the propane option. I follow the directions, get the little pilot light lit and knowing that the propane option can take a while, we wait about 3 hours and nothing. Not cold in the slightest. So we go to bed and about 8 hours later I check it again. The pilot light is still lit but its still not cold inside.

What am I missing here? I read in a previous post that weak batteries could be the problem for the electric option. I know my batteries are weak and need to be replaced. In fact, I noticed that when the air is on, one light is on and I try to turn on the radio, no sound issues forth. However, if I turn off the light, I get sound, but the radio display dims. I assume this is battery power issue. Could this be the fridge issue as well? I turned off all of the lights and turned the air down to low during my last electrical fridge test and it didn't seem to matter.

So while weak batteries could be the fridge culprit, could that be the propane problem? I didn't think using propane used electricity, but I could be wrong.... Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
__________________
jhenschen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 10:39 AM   #19
2 Rivet Member
 
tawakoni1's Avatar
 
1999 25' Safari
Georgetown , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 29
We found out that the fridge needs 12 V power to for the controller when on propane. If your battery isn't supplying enough for that, the fridge won't cool.
__________________
tawakoni1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 11:29 AM   #20
Rivet Master
 
AIR-Quarius's Avatar
 
1970 27' Overlander
Espanola , Full Timer
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 1,752
Images: 39
Send a message via Yahoo to AIR-Quarius Send a message via Skype™ to AIR-Quarius
Ours is the freezer on top, which freezes real well- then the cold from the freezer radiates downward in to the refrigerator compartment. There is no fan. There is no light bulb to wonder about (ha!) just cool temps down below. There IS a radiator fixture at the top back that will ice over on different times that depends on the humidity. But we are more than happy at being able to have -as fulltimers- a propane amonia driver fridge!
__________________
http://customrvdecalplus.com
AIR-Quarius is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 12:12 PM   #21
Rivet Master
 
Soyboy's Avatar

 
1999 28' Excella
Frederick , Maryland
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 661
Images: 41
I just thought I would throw in that our '99 Safari's Dometic has a thermistor that is attached to one of the cooling coils in the fridge. To adjust the temp we move it up for a warmer temp and slide it down for a cooler temp. I usually keep the fridge on the colder side to account for door openings, especially in warmer weather, as it doesn't recover the door opening cooling loss as quickly as a compressor style fridge. Currently we are having problems when switching from elec. to gas, or even sometimes when trying to start it on gas. I quite often have to cycle it several times to get it to start. I am suspecting a bad board. The board in it is a replacement that is several years old. It does work well on electric though. Maybe it just needs a good cleaning. I would clean it myself, but I am a bit leery in this case due to the fact that it has all of the safety recalled upgrades on it and I don't want to foul things up.
__________________
1999 28' Safari
2012 F150 Platinum Max Tow 7650 GVWR 3.73 Elec. Locking Diff.(Prev 2003 Dmax).
Honda EU2000i, Equalizer Hitch
AM Solar Panels 150W - 2 Trojan T 105 6V Batteries
TAC MD-6
AIR 4534

On internet forums, please research and separate the wheat from the chaff (including mine!)
Soyboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2010, 05:32 AM   #22
x
 
XXXX , XXXX
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 2,601
Jhenschen If your A/S has the original fridge then weak or low batteries has nothing to do with the fridge. The older fridges have no circuit board that needs 12VDC to operate. I am assuming that on your fridge to change from 110VAC to propane you manually turn a knob and light a pilot light - is that correct? It sounds to me like you have a problem with the cooling unit that is blocked and not allowing the ammonia chloride solution to flow properly. If you get no cooling on either propane or 110VAC (verify that fridge is receiving 110VAC first). Check that the venting chimney is not obstructed. By using a small mirror and a flashlight you can look up the back of the fridge to make sure the way is clear. These fridges need proper airflow from the bottom of the fridge all the way to the roof of your A/S. Check the vent on the roof of your A/S for obstuctions as well. If all is clear and you have 110VAC and a pilot light that stays lit and no cooling in the fridge I suspect the fridge has died. Check the rear of the fridge area for signs of an ammonia leak. There would be yellowish green stains or powder around the area and you would smell ammonia if the cooling unit had leaked. The fridge has to be level to operate properly also. From waht you describe it sounds more like a blockage in the cooloing unit which can happen to a 43 year old fridge. It will be expensive to replace but don't use a house fridge instead, these cheap fridges are not designed to travel down the open road and will not last long. If you contact a RV service center they may have a contact to recondition your cooling unit for a lot less than a new fridge. However the warranty on a reconditioned cooling unit does not cover the labour to pull the fridge and remove the cooling unit just covers the part.
__________________
wasagachris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2010, 05:46 AM   #23
x
 
XXXX , XXXX
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 2,601
Soyboy have you checked your propane burner for obstructions. Sometimes small flakes of rust will land on the burner and give you problems with ignition. If your fridge works on 110VAC and will eventually lights on propane the problem is with getting the flame to ignite not with the circuit board. In the back of the fridge on the right hand side you will see an aluminum tube with a small inspection cover. If you open this cover you can access the burner. Check here for obstructions. Have someone start the fridge on propane while you observe what happens. Once the fridge turns on you should here a faint hum from the circuit board and then a louder clunk from the gas valve opening followed by a series of clicks as the ignitor tries to light the propane. The circuit board should try to do this three times before locking out. If you turn off the fridge and wait a couple of minutes and try again. If the fridge goes through all these steps the board is fine but you have a problem getting the gas to ignite. Spiders will also nest in the small tube along the bottom the fridge that the gas and air mixture travels through to get from the gas valve to the burner. Try blowing this area clear with compressed air.
__________________
wasagachris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2010, 09:35 PM   #24
New Member
 
2007 19' Bambi
Las Vegas , Nevada
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 2
Blog Entries: 1
I am having hte same problem with my 2007 19' Bambi. I think I ran it on gas when it was un-level and now it will only run on electric. It just clicks and clicks when I turn it to gas.
__________________
amyanddavid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2010, 09:54 PM   #25
x
 
XXXX , XXXX
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 2,601
Amy anddavid Your problem is not from operating unlevel. It aproblem was created from being unlevel then it would not get cold on electric.
1) Are you sure you have gas does the stove,furnace and water heater work on gas?
2) Can you hear the loud clunk from the gas valve opening?
3) Have you checked the burner tube for obstructions like rust flakes?
4) Check the burner tube for spider nests etc.
5) Try to light the fridge while observing the burner. Can you see the spark?
__________________
wasagachris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2010, 09:56 PM   #26
Rivet Master
 
richinny's Avatar
 
2011 34' Classic
Westchester Cty.NY , / Miami FL
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,122
chris got it covered :-)
__________________

__________________
Ricky
2012 F150 Super Crew 5-1/2' bed Ecoboost 4x4 3.73 elec. lock diff. Propride hitch
give life. kidney & pancreas transplant 9/9/06
Ingrid-my unofficial '"World's Oldest Streamer" 1909-2008 R.I.P.
richinny is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fridge won't turn on flmgrip Refrigerators 4 02-13-2010 05:20 PM
won't turn off! AIR-Quarius Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 5 08-22-2009 10:52 AM
Turn The Key And Nothing Happens Chaplain Kent Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 102 04-20-2009 08:02 AM
The PO was going to turn it into a shed! kenthelen Member Introductions 9 07-18-2008 10:57 PM
Fridge Fan won't turn OFF clancy_boy Refrigerators 7 09-04-2007 09:55 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:40 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.