Post by Don Ricardo on May 30, 2011 20:17:59 GMT 10
A few weeks ago Rattles posted links to the users manuals for several pieces of caravan equipment. To make the information easier to find when you need it, I have indexed the threads concerned below.
Thanks Rattles for taking the trouble to preserve this information for other forum members.
Other manuals can be added to this thread and/or indexed as we go. If you post copies of manuals - or find manuals that have already been posted - which other people may find helpful, please PM me the link or add a post to this thread.
Without knowing exactly what model you have this is the best I can find. The principal for most gas/electric fridges is the same. On older model Electrolux instead of pushing a knob in to get gas flowing you pulled the knob out.... and held it out while continually pushing the Piezo lighter.
Dometic Ignition Systems - Piezo or Electronic ignitor All Dometic camping, caravan and free standing gas fridges come with either Piezo ignition or Electronic ignition.
Piezo Ignition The Piezo ignitor is a manual "push button" ignition. There is less to go wrong with Piezo ignitor as there are no electrics. Fridges with Piezo ignitor's are cheaper than there Electronic ignition equivalents.
Electronic Ignition (Useful when using gas) The Electronic ignition system is connected to a 12 volt supply. This is easier to light than the Piezo ignition system. If the gas pilot light goes out you will hear a clicking noise which means the electronic ignition is trying to re-light the pilot light. Once the pilot light has lit the clicking noise will stop.
2 advantages with this system If the pilot light goes out, it will automatically relight. If the gas runs out, you will hear a clicking noise as it attempts to try to re alight.
Igniting a Dometic gas fridge
Electronic Ignition Open gas cylinder or pressure regulating valve Turn on Electronic ignitor switch Turn gas control knob to the MAX position, press and hold down After ignition, hold down knob for a further 15 seconds before releasing. The neon light will stop flashing
Piezo Ignition Open gas cylinder or pressure regulating valve Turn gas control knob to the MAX position, press and hold down After approximately 10-15 seconds press Piezo knob several times until pilot light a lit After ignition, hold down knob for a further 15 seconds before releasing.
Post by Don Ricardo on Feb 4, 2012 13:03:16 GMT 10
The info Cobber has provided may have given you the answers you were wanting, but I thought that it may be worth posting the instructions for an Electrolux RM210 3-way refrigerator.
I'm going to get into heaps of trouble for this because it's from the 1980's (1983 to be exact, shhhh!) and I'll probably be sent to Coventry when I'm in Cowra because of it. But my motives are pure because I figure that Electrolux may have been using some of the same mechanicals in their fridges in the 1980's as your 1960's fridge...and some people have an RM210 in their vintage caravans as a replacement for an ice box.........at least so I've been told. So the instructions may be useful to others too.
Electrolux RM210 12v-240v LP gas refrigerator
Hope that's of some assistance. If the print is too small to read, send me a PM and I'll email you an A4 size print.
Nick ozziestirling asked the question on another thread....
Hi everyone, I had an Electrolux MB16b fridge in my Stirling caravan, made in England. Trouble is, I have no idea how to light it. It has a kerosene wick underneath it. I have spoken to previous owner who says it was checked by a gas-fitter and works well. It has its own isolation gas switch.
Can anyone help with the following:
1) Do I light the wick itself with matches and then slide it in underneath along its rail? There is no Piezo ignition or other form of sparker.
2) Do I then leave the wick burning while the fridge is running?
3) I would have no show of getting a replacement wick, so does anyone know how I would go about making a new wick, and with what material?
The answers came from The old classiccar.co.uk forum in the UK......which I reproduce, acknowledging the source but..... without their consent, but in the spirit of sharing knowledge about old caravans
I have the same fridge, so can answer most of your questions.
Leave the temperature control inside the fridge at the 0 position. Dip the wick in Meths and light it, slide along the rail, or next to it - it has been know to get stuck on the rail. Push and hold in the red push button at the base of the fridge. Once the jet as lit keep the red button pressed in for about 5 - 10 seconds. Remove the wick and extinguish it. Adjust the temperature control inside the fridge depending on how cold you want it - probably 10 for your summers and 9 for your winters
It took me a couple of attempts to light it, knowing where to hold the wick, its now first time everytime. To turn the fridge off use the isolator tap.
I wouldn't know what to replace the wick material with. Do you have Tilley lights in Australia? You could always buy one of the preheating torches and use the material from that
Post by sandsoftime on Feb 28, 2013 20:08:37 GMT 10
This is my first post on the forum and I want to thank you for the information on the Electrolux; I recently bought a 1969 Harris 12 foot van and it still has an Electrolux gas-only fridge and I wanted to be sure of how to light it before blowing myself to kingdom come. Mine is an LB 16b and doesn't have the red button mentioned in the English info but the wick on a sliding groove is there so sounds like a very similar model. Cheers