Howdy. I have a vintage 1968 Dometic fridge in my new-to-me Land Commander. Trying to figure out if it works, obviously. What I know so far is that the pilot light lights. Or I assume that's all that is happening.
From the scattered information I've read, once the pilot is lit and you turn the temperature down, there ought to be a fairly loud sound from the burner when it kicks in. But so far, pilot only. I'm perfectly happy to start taking the thing apart, but thought other's experience might help me out. So I'm all ears. BTW, I know it's a crap shoot whether or not it actually gets cold, but...
Thanks in advance, and, GO HAWKS! (Couldn't help myself :-)
The old fridges often didn't have a pilot. I'm guessing yours is like the one we had in my LC...
The flame normally doesn't make a lot of noise in a fridge. It covers the burner area and should be blue, maybe 3/8 to 1/2 inch high? If it's lit, the burner may be on. Leave it over night and see if you get cooling. The freezer area will be cold first. The coils on the back should be pretty warm to the touch.
Gurgling is a bad sign, the smell of ammonia or yellow powder around the cooling unit.
A good replacement is a Norcold n300. It fits the space very well and does not require 12 volts to operate. You will need an outlet because it's a two way model.
Maybe before leaving the fridge on too long you might make sure there are no nests/hives/insulation rearranged by mice, in or around burners or the combustion chamber. Creatures love campers as much as we do and often invite themselves in without making reservations, so please poke around a bit, even use a mechanics mirror to look in places you can't see.
That is excellent advice we should all check any areas in or around fire or fumes for nest or any other type of blockage every time we have have let the trailer set for any length of time but at least every spring before use. You could prevent a serious fire or worse so be careful and check them out in only takes a few minutes.