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    Hi guys
    I bought a older model ice craft three way fridge that i want to use in my camping trailer.

    Thing is i have it running on 220v now and its cold but have no idea how to work the knobs on it. Do i just connect 12v should i want to use 12v or do i need to set one of the knobs to a setting as well to use 12v...and how do i start the gas should i want to use it on gas, i have no idea how the knobs is suppose to function

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    12 volt you just hook up the knobs should hav no influence on the operation. I may be wrong.
    Use 12 volt only while travelling connected to car battery. Stationery in camp it will consume battery power to much.

    Gas connection recommended.
    Pic #1 with gas connected you press and hold that knob. It is to start the gas flowing to the pilot flame.
    Same time press the righthand knob pic#3 that activates the electronic spark for pilot flame
    Hold # 1 until the pilot flame stays on by itself.

    Alternative let swambo light a match at the pilot flame while you hold the left knob,or you do the match trick.

    Remember tolevel the fridge.

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    Oh I remember the days when the struggle was real.
    One of those fridges raised me... but the one thing that we never did was run it whilst travelling. Does it run effectively on 12volt while on the move?

    Also cant remember how all the knoppies work...
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    Quote Originally Posted by janseekat View Post
    12 volt you just hook up the knobs should hav no influence on the operation. I may be wrong.
    Use 12 volt only while travelling connected to car battery. Stationery in camp it will consume battery power to much.

    Gas connection recommended.
    Pic #1 with gas connected you press and hold that knob. It is to start the gas flowing to the pilot flame.
    Same time press the righthand knob pic#3 that activates the electronic spark for pilot flame
    Hold # 1 until the pilot flame stays on by itself.

    Alternative let swambo light a match at the pilot flame while you hold the left knob,or you do the match trick.

    Remember tolevel the fridge.

    Regards
    Coenie

    Ok thanks Coenie, can you maybe remember what the N and the C stands for on the left hand knob? I gues the lefr hand conteols the gas function and right hand the 220 function?

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    I can only guess the left is for C coldest freezer and N fridge.
    But I would say just get it going on the gas and take it from there.
    Mine is anold Zero and the controls is us it just freezes at -15 .
    Thats if the ambient temp etc is favourable.

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    Great stuff, thanks for all your help i really appreciatte it!!! I thought of running it 12v with solar panel and 105ah battery, but i think ill go with gas rather, much easier and d less expensive than buying batteries and solar setup at this stage.

    Thanks again, and have a great weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steed5lh View Post
    Great stuff, thanks for all your help i really appreciatte it!!! I thought of running it 12v with solar panel and 105ah battery, but i think ill go with gas rather, much easier and d less expensive than buying batteries and solar setup at this stage.

    Thanks again, and have a great weekend
    12v EATS batteries and not very effective.
    I have a very old Edesa and newer Zero and both are more effective on 220v or gas.
    As mentioned, very important to be level and check flame when running on gas. We once had a nasty surprise when we did not notice the flame went out. At least the Zero has a flame indicator in the front.

    Not everybody likes these 3-way fridges, but I will never get rid of mine.

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    12v is only for travelling, ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pietsweis View Post
    Oh I remember the days when the struggle was real.
    One of those fridges raised me... but the one thing that we never did was run it whilst travelling. Does it run effectively on 12volt while on the move?

    Also cant remember how all the knoppies work...
    Pre-cooled on 220v and packed with FROZEN meat it worked ok on 12v in the back of the 2.1 VW Kombi. Short leads to the alternator did the thing and we brought lamb all the way from Queenstown to Pta without it defrosting any bit.

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    Default Re: Old ice craft 85 fridge......help!!

    I have a Zero that my Dad bought in 1986. It still works and I have yet to be convinced that a newer unit is the way to go. I freeze my meat wrapped in newspaper and then just pack into the freezer while on 220v. Better yet if you wet the newspaper and then freeze it before packing the freezer.

    That 100% level is a myth. Just levelish is fine. Pre-freeze on 220v and run on gas when camping. I never have to pay extra for a campsite with electricity.
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    Default Re: Old ice craft 85 fridge......help!!

    "Does it run effectively on 12volt while on the move?"

    Yes it does. But it eats amps.
    It needs to be level not levelish.
    Invest in a waterlevel, the round one.
    They cost next to nothing and is worth every cent.
    The old 3way fridges work best on gas, even better than on 220v.
    Enjoy
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    The knob on the left is for gas. The C stands for close and O for open (as far as I can remember). As you turn the knob knob from O to 6 the size of the flame will increase and thus make it colder. I am not sure if you turn the know to O or to N to start the gas. You can test this. After turning the knob (N or O), push and hold the button next to this knob. This button bypasses the safety and forces gas to the burner. Now while still holding, push the igniter button on the far right a couple of times. The pilot flame should be burning and after a few seconds you can release the gas bypass switch on the left. You can now adjust the flame size with the knob on the left to the desired temp.

    The knob on the right will only work on 230V. This is a normal fridge thermostat.

    The 12V system is normally not regulated as this is for use while driving only. So if 12V is connected it will be on MAX freeze.

    As far as I remember these were fancy fridges and it had a electronic board in them that would give an alarm when the flame goes out. My fridge had a steel battery slide in front where you can install 4 x AA batteries to power this PC board..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stekel View Post
    As far as I remember these were fancy fridges and it had a electronic board in them that would give an alarm when the flame goes out. My fridge had a steel battery slide in front where you can install 4 x AA batteries to power this PC board..
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