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Date:         Sat, 23 May 2015 08:49:40 -0700
Reply-To:     Neil N <musomuso@GMAIL.COM>
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From:         Neil N <musomuso@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Followup to fridge troubles--success!
Comments: To: Jim Felder <>
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Right on. Those burner boxes sure get dirty. On one of my Dometics, not only was the box dirty, the drain plug was *packed* with rust. image:

I never did get my Dometic to stay lit while driving in *heavy* cross winds but then I suspect the thermocouple was very marginal. At low flame ("pilot"), that part likely didn't see enough heat. It appeared to be burned back too short. (long term wear)

In hindsight, adding RTV to the stock seal at body likely wasn't needed but this image: shows a bit of how the intake/exhaust manifold should seal. I think there's a real tendency to misalign that part to the vehicle body (hence seal) when removing, installing the fridge.


On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 3:09 PM, Jim Felder <> wrote:

> I posted during the week that my fridge would no longer operate on gas. > Stuart described making a manometer, and thankfully the regulator was > easily ruled out with a few bucks worth of clear tubing. I knew I had a > noisy fan, so I ordered the beefy GoWesty replacement. It looks very good > and was easy to install. > > I pulled the unit yesterday afternoon and cleaned the combustion chamber. > Something flew out of the flue pipe when I put compressed air to them but I > was not quick enough to see just what it was, I could hear it hit the > combustion chamber pan. Maybe a leaf. You may recall that I had been in 70+ > mph winds right before I began having problems. > > I opened the combustion chamber and it had a good bit of black grit inside > the burner itself, and some around the chamber. Cleaned it all up and > reinstalled the unit today. > > It now lights up no problem, and where it was doing good to pull a 20-25 > degree difference from ambient, it was 86 today and the fridge temps > hovered just over 40 degrees F. > > Very happy! Thanks to Stuart, Dennis and David B. > > Jim >

-- Neil n

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