How Does It Work? Help Please

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  1. Jim&jo

    Jim&jo

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    Hi all,
    Apologies for such a silly question but I have never used a gas appliance and just wanted to make sure I know what I am doing before I start turning on switches.
    I have just bought my first camper and it has a fridge which I was told runs off gas and electric. I cannot find out the make of the fridge so do not really know where to search for any kind of instructions?
    I was just hoping someone may be able to help me with the basics so I know how it works and know I'm using it correctly and safely.

    There is a gas bottle connected and the cooker works fine as that was straight forward. I just wondered -

    1. What do I do first in terms of switches/knobs (the ignition works fine)
    2. Where should the dial sit when not in use as I couldn't work out the 'off' position
    3. I have attach a photo of the panel above the fridge. The left switch is for the water and the dial for the water level. I just wondered if the other switch was linked to the fridge or if not any ideas what it might do?
    4. i am going away this weekend for the first time. The camper does not have a hook up but I have bought one and the site has one for us to use. How could the fridge be used on electric as I don't understand how this would work.

    Sorry for the questions but I have tried to search for this info but am struggling to find basic instructions as it seems to be more about fixing problems.

    Any help greatly appreciated

    Jim

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  2. Armytwowheels

    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    Hello and welcome.
    I am sure someone will be along in a minute to help who knows more than I do. The switches are not like ours so I wouldn't dare try to advise you.
    Sandra
     
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  3. GJH

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    It looks like your fridge may be one of the older models which works on 12v whilst the engine is running (assuming the wiring is still in place) and on gas when camping, but not on mains electricity.

    Many fridges were/are made by Dometic/Electrolux so have a trawl through the models on This Page of discontinued models and you will, hopefully, find photos/diagrams which allow you to match the instructions to your model.
     
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    The knob has three positions. The white dot is off, the big flame is 'high' and where you set it to ignite, the other position is low.

    Turn the knob to the big flame, hold in the knob and while doing so press the button above a few times. This is the piezo igniter which produces a spark to light the gas. Somewhere there is a peephole (possibly under the flap next to the knob) that you can look in to check the gas is alight, if it isn't repeat until it is.

    Make sure the gas is turned on at the tap, the black one in your photo, which looks to me as if it is the off position in the picture. This is quite an old model and may only be gas or 12v. It will only run on 12v with the engine running, so you should turn off gas operation while travelling.
     
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  5. Jim&jo

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    That's so useful thank you Reallyretired. I will go out and give it a try later today.
    I'm still a little confused at how to work it on electric as I do not know where to switch this on?
    I presume I can turn it on using electric when I leave and it will be cool by the time I get to the campsite? Just not sure how.

    Will go hunt a manual as GJH kindly suggested
     
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    If it hasn't been on for a while it may take a couple of attempts to light as there may be some air in the line that has to be pushed out by the gas.
     
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    thanks Jimbo
     
  8. mike mcglynn

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    HI, that picture of the gas controls looks like the one I used to have in my vw camper is there a little circular window in the fridge bottom right hand corner if so you will see the gas flame ,when on the move I think you will find a switch from the battery to use the 12 volt system but where that is located I dont know good luck with it and dont be tempted to use gas on the move many do but I think its dangerous .
     
  9. Jim&jo

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    That's great, thank you Mike. Will pop out and check shortly.
    I have read many posts about the dangers of having gas while driving and tbh their is no need for us to do that. The previous owner said it stays cold for 48 hours if you're just opening it a few times which means we can just have it on while we are parked overnight and have it off during the day.
     
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    best to get it cold on gas before you go away
     
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    On our old caravans, the peephole was indeed in the front, bottom left hand corner of the fridge, which you could only see with the fridge door open. Just looks like a small black hole looking from above. It was so near the floor of the van in both cases, that I actually found it easier to lie on the floor with my head about 6" away, in order to look through the 'ole to see if the flame was lit!
     
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