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Old 05-20-2010, 05:57 PM   #1
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We're supposed to take the AS on the road for the first time tomorrow. We can't figure out how to make the Dometic run on gas. It works fine w/electricity. Doesn't it need to run on gas while in tow?
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:00 PM   #2
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newer ones switch automatically, if the auto setting is selected. if its a newer unit open the door and look for the button.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:01 PM   #3
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After you unlug it from the electrical connection, turn the unit off, then on again, and you should be good. Should have an indicator light showing that it switched the propane. Good luck.
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We're supposed to take the AS on the road for the first time tomorrow. We can't figure out how to make the Dometic run on gas. It works fine w/electricity. Doesn't it need to run on gas while in tow?
That era Dometic had a three-way switch. Look down below and you'll see a ignitor switch that gets pulled out when going to propane. Time to replace the fridge; running on 12 volt never worked, which is why Dometic dropped it. The new Dometics can run on propane over the road, but the older ones did not, hence the 12 volt version that I think you have.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:20 PM   #5
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We're supposed to take the AS on the road for the first time tomorrow. We can't figure out how to make the Dometic run on gas. It works fine w/electricity. Doesn't it need to run on gas while in tow?
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Not really, depends on how long you will be traveling and the weather. We can travel all day and still have ice in the freezer in our 31 year old 2 way refrigerator. Also depends on how often you stop and open the door.

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It is probably to late tonight to trouble shoot the freg. If you are traveling less than 4 hours you should be fine.

When you get back post the age and any other information on the freg and we will git into it.
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I wouldn't condemn the refrigerator due to its 3-way operation. I have owned three and they performed fabulously as long as you followed the directions to cool the unit on either LP or 120-volt electric - - then switch to 12-volt for travel. When I have had a choice, I haven't had anything else - - my first 3-way Dometic was in a 1980 Nomad - - and I have updated my Airstream with a new Dometic 3-way refrigerator - - my Argosy will receive the same when its archaic refrigerator refuses to operate any longer.

With the 3-way Dometics of the early 1980s, it was easiest to force operation on 12-volt by turning the LP off at the tanks. I almost never use the LP setting since my coach has solar panels with a permanently installed inverter that provides 120-volts for the refrigerator and a few other outlets. The 12-volt DC unit works wonderfully to keep the unit cool while underway regardless of where I have traveled.

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I had to verify that Dometic still manufactured the 3-Way RV refrigerators - - and they do - - the one that is comparable to that which was installed in my overlander is the model 2454 Americana.
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Thanks, everyone. We're only traveling about 90 miles, so it shouldn't be a problem from what ya'll are telling me. We are sooo excited about our first trip. Happy camping, everbody!
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