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Old 09-01-2016, 05:04 PM   #1
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'74 Prowler Dometic refrigerator

New to the forum...This past spring I bought a 1974 19' Prowler. I had to replace both grey and black water tanks and replaced the woodwork on the front end due to water damage. The Dometic worked great on 120 volt except for the thermostat didn't work. When I checked for propane leaks the refrigerator worked fine along with everything else. About a week or so later I turned the 120 volt back on and the frig never cooled again even when using propane. I've noticed the 'chamber' above the gas flame is hot when on gas or electric. Any ideas or am I due for a new frig?
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Old 09-01-2016, 06:10 PM   #2
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You didn't mention the model # of your fridge. Many parts are available for repairing Dometic units, you might start by using Google for finding an owner's manual or repair manual for your unit. After some simple tests, you'll find out if you need a evaporating unit (if available) a control board, or some other part that would cost less than a new refrigerator.

Good luck with it.


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Old 09-02-2016, 08:15 PM   #3
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That vintage would probably not have a control board. The gas would be controlled by the pilot keeping the thermocouple hot enough to keep the gas valve open. It is normal for these to take 24 hr. to get cool. They also have to be close to level to work properly.
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Old 09-04-2016, 09:55 AM   #4
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You don't give any hint where you are, but there are lots of places that service RV reefers. Anything from minor repairs to replacement cooling units. The typical cooling unit replacement is about half the cost of a new unit.

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Old 09-05-2016, 10:08 AM   #5
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Welcome brother! Glad to see you on here! We can get by without the fridge for hunting season this year if need be. Just thought some of these folks would have some other ideas why it crapped out.

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Old 09-05-2016, 04:16 PM   #6
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Welcome John51. Good to see another old Prowler.

Ours is an '84 "E" 19ft model. Some styling/placement differences, but basically same.

Trust me, you won't find any manuals out there on these. You might find a manual on the older Terry models, as they all use same appliances. You're also gonna find that pretty much appliance parts for this age is also discontinued, so used will be only way on finding original looking parts, if you stay this route.
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I think my brother has one sitting in the garage (Refrigerator). He bought it to replace the one in the trailer. I think his is the same trailer. He had plans too make a ice fishing house but bought a nice set up and Its just sitting in the riding ring.
I can check it out further if interested. He says it is propane electric and works great.

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