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Old 04-28-2010, 08:06 AM   #15
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We have a 1969 Mallard camper with a still working Dometec fridge with the old Klixon burner. I see no reason why it could not be retrofitted with a newer burner and gas control system as long as the ammonia cooling system is still intact. In fact I bet you could put the 110 volt electric heater in the chimney or replace the entire chimney with the electric heater from a newer Dometec unit.


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You are followimg my train of thoght on this one. The key would be flame control for maintaing the proper temp to move the ammonia solution at the proper rate.

Lemme take some notes on the modern controls to see what they are spec'ed to.

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Old 04-28-2010, 09:22 AM   #16
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Dometic Service Manual

Here is a copy of a Dometic Service Manual for older Dometics, which should include your model. I know finding a Klicon Safety Valve that works for these models is very difficult. I have found only 1 out 4 that I purchased used that worked. Working old burners are a little easier to find. If you could find modern burners & safety valves to work on these older Dometics, we would all benefit. Good Luck
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:04 AM   #17
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Andy,
As a fellow company man, I understand the liabilty. Being a hands on guy and wanting to be safe(family in the camper, and all that), This idea will go thru quite a bit of research, and testing. Heck, I plan on taking it out and attatching to a tank out in the feild of dreams to test it properly without fear of property damage.

But then again, if it is deemed too radical or unsafe, I'll just get a new one.
Bench testing is great.

But, and that's a huge "BUT" will you also test it for the vibration and pounding it gets, when installed in the trailer?

That's when the liability kicks in, should it fail.

If a customer buys a exact replacement part, and messes up the installation, then they buy the farm.

If a customer buys a "should work" or a "substitute" part that was spced by the dealer, then the dealer buys the farm.

Personally, I have no need to by "any" farm.

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Old 04-28-2010, 05:48 PM   #18
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Would all of this need to be replaced?
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:29 PM   #19
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I have a "63" TW with the og refer. propane only. The ceramic piece at the pilot light was broken, along with other issues. I found a trailer repairman in the area who had the parts I needed.. Also the og water heater parts as well. I will try to find his ph# when i get home today and post it. He has many parts. He is known here as "The Old Fart With The Old Part" Worth a try!
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I found the ph# to the person I purchased all my og water heater and refer parts. His name is Leonard 619-449-6231 the last time I talked to him was 1.5yrs ago Good luck
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:05 AM   #21
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Andy,
It's like you can read my thoughts from Cali! get outta my head, man!!!
On a serious note, I am listining to the words of caution. You gotta nice fridge out in the warehouse that will work? I would LOVE to run a fridge off of my solar panel/battery combo!
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Would all of this need to be replaced?
Not all parts need to be replaced, as of yet....
Got a polot cotrol valve, and a new thermocouple. The origional two port pilot needle attached directly to the new pilot vave.
These were OTC parts from the local HVAC house. As it turns out, the klixon melted because the pilot light was sett to high, and well, it was simply old. Will try connecting it all and testing it after I get a few spare parts to do fitment tests on.

***This is just a quick update, I am NO WHERE near answering all my/your questions on this effort. ***

Thanks for all the info, from both sides of the agument.

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Old 04-29-2010, 08:06 AM   #23
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The Dometic fridge in my 60 has a retrofited burner and control. It's really not very complicated. All it needs is heat up the tube and a control mounted strongly to the base of the fridge. Mine has worked for a few years now with no problems. It's a little overrated as turned up I can make the fridge into a freezer.
I know that a dealer can't do this kind of thing, and I won't do it for you but it's mine and I know it's good.
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:39 AM   #24
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It still amazes me how you can heat something up and it makes something cold. Tries all of the tricks on my 72 Dometic and couldn't unclog the system so I upgraded. How many people have a 38 year old fridge still in their houses?
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:23 PM   #25
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Actually, I have a 60's fridgidare at the house....works perfect....and it's pink....
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Well they don't make them like that anymore
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Old 05-10-2010, 06:45 AM   #27
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Funny update:

Pulled out old Heater with the assistance of the Soldier Medic, and guess what I discovered?

All the parts and connections are interchangeable, Hopefully allowing me to keep the old ceramic burner....

I'll start takin pictures....
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Soldermedic helped me install my new furnace in my 72 on a very cold Texas afternoon at the Vinage Rally in lake Conroe. Great guy to have in your neighborhood.
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