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Old 07-18-2010, 08:06 AM   #15
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Call Dinosaur Boards. They will help you trouble shoot the refrigerator and if it turns out to be the control board they make the best boards for the unit. I have found them to be very helpful at all times.
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:36 AM   #16
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Hi Dakota's Dad,

Yes, there is plenty of propane and I turned on the stove first to make sure it was working up to that point. I turned the refrigerator on gas yesterday and it appears to be holding the temperature at around 42 degrees.

I was trying to confirm that the flame was lit by finding a an opening where I can actually see the flame but I haven't found it . I'm trying include a photo I took of the back of my unit but I'm if I was successful.

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Old 07-18-2010, 08:39 AM   #17
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Harleylite,

Yes, I found them on the web. Didn't realize they might help with determining the problem. Is replacement something a persons with average skills can handle? ...assuming I need a board.

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Yes, I found them on the web. Didn't realize they might help with determining the problem. Is replacement something a persons with average skills can handle? ...assuming I need a board.

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Replacing a control board on a fridge is usually a wire-for-wire replacement. It should not be a big deal!

BTW, from your photo, if you follow down the stack where the 2 red wires are on the right side of the fridge, there should be a little viewing window that you rotate away from the viewing hole that will allow you to see the flame.

If you don't have a viewing window, there is only 1 screw holding the cover of the LP burner on to that stack. Remove the screw and you can move the cover to the side and see the flame also.
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Hi Lew,

Thanks. No viewing window but found the screw. Appears to be working fine for the time being. I've gone from gas to electric several time to make sure. Perhaps I should get a spare board in the event of another failure? One more question if you don't mind. Is there an angle, say a hill, where the refrigerator fails to function? In other words, does the refrigerator need to be level in order to work? If so, what about going up and down steep hills, etc.? And isn't it inevitable that I'll be caught in more torrential rain storms?

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Hi Lew,

Thanks. No viewing window but found the screw. Appears to be working fine for the time being. I've gone from gas to electric several time to make sure. Perhaps I should get a spare board in the event of another failure? One more question if you don't mind. Is there an angle, say a hill, where the refrigerator fails to function? In other words, does the refrigerator need to be level in order to work? If so, what about going up and down steep hills, etc.? And isn't it inevitable that I'll be caught in more torrential rain storms?

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Older refers had to be 'level' and by that, the manufacturers wanted them 'bubble level at the floor of the freezer.

Newer units like yours don't work on such stringent requirements. 'Level' now means that the coach is 'comfortable to walk in' , so a strict requirement for absolute level is no longer required.

A spare board might not be such a bad idea. They are not that expensive, and you can call it your insurance policy!

Check with Dinosaur Electronics for the board that will work best with your unit. You can reach them at 541-994-4344 during normal business hours (Pacific time).
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Lew,

Thanks for all your help. I will call Dinosaur Electronics in the morning. I think a spare board is in order.

Btw, how long are RV refrigerators supposed to last. I can't get an answer from Airstream. It would appear they can go out almost anytime. If they do, Airstream seems to suggest that it is just as cheap to replace as to fix. Has that been your experience?

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You won't want to hear this, but anywhere from a FEW WEEKS TO MANY YEARS, LIKE OVER 20!

If your cooling unit goes out, it is a 2-3 hour replacement ant usually 1/2 or less of the new purchase price of a new one. They are a total pain to remove in an Airstream though. Control boards, heating elements and peripheral items are not a big deal.

I have replaced many, many more cooling units for Rv fridges tan total fridge units.
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Thanks.

I guess with the prices charged by Jackson Center, if the cooling unit goes bad it means a new refrigerator. Price for a new replacement of the Dometic Model I have is $2200, so I will do all I can to keep it in good condition, not that I know what I should do.

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Btw, how long are RV refrigerators supposed to last. I can't get an answer from Airstream.
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Our OEM fridge is still operational, at least on 110.. (31 years old) someone messed up the controls bad with a pair of pliers, and we can't switch it to LP, which is why we are changing. As far as how long they last, my guess is, no pat answer, just like any other appliance.

Take for example our washing machine.. internet searches tells me a lot of people with the same model, replaced their washer at "about" 5 years because of bearing failure.(1st generation HE front loader) At 10 years, we replaced... our bearings. If I had paid for the repair, I probably would have replaced the washer, but I did it myself for $15 in parts. But, and the point is, ours "skewed" the numbers, even without me fixing it. So it makes it hard to figure how long any one will last.
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