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Old 08-07-2022, 02:11 PM   #1
Name: Alex
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Dometic RM8501 (I think) 3-way fridge problems

Sorry I'm not 100% on the model number. It's in my 2017 Bigfoot 17.5 FB.

What happens is that the gas ignighter will try to light the gas, repeatedly, and I can see the gas light, but then it goes off right away. This will happen intermittently, cycle through lighting, and shutting off the flame immediately, for as many as 50-100 cycles, and then stop. It still keeps food cold. What is crazy, is that this will happen even when it is switched to electric mode on the front control panel, and the clicking cycle even happens with it turned off on the front panel (but obviously still getting power). I looked around a bit online for a decent parts supplier but haven't found one that looks promising. Am I going to have to buy a new fridge? What is a good resource for troubleshooting these? I'm open to other suggestions...replacement models to consider, get a 12vdc compressor fridge/cooler, another brand for a gas absorption model etc. I don't need freezer capability, but definitely fridge. Thanks for any ideas!
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