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Old 05-16-2013, 11:11 AM   #1
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Replacing the Refrigerator and scoop

Has anyone replaced their refrigerator without rebuilding the entire cabinet? I'd like to find something that would fit without losing the drawer above it. I wondered about the Dometic RM2354. Also, does anyone know if the refrigerator scoop sold at Inland RV fits the Caravel (fiberglass piece that vents the fridge). Is there anywhere else that sells them? Thanks for all the help this forum gives us!
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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I think I remember reading from somebody that has used the fiberglass fridge vent that it works, but maybe needs some modification. I don't think it is made specific to the caravel, but maybe generally made to fit more than one model airstream. Maybe you will hear from somebody who has actually tried one. I don't know of any RV fridge that will fit that space, except the original 60's model. If you can find or have the original, it can probably be fixed to working condition. That's the approach I am taking. The old original units will run forever.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:18 AM   #3
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Thanks Jewel, we have tried to start up the fridge, but it wouldn't light. So we used the old standby ice chest. The fridge looks OK, so we'll try to fix that. The scoop has cracks all along the riveted edges. Is it possible to repair it? The list just goes on and on.........
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:58 AM   #4
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If the fridge won't light but is otherwise okay, take the burner apart and use some carb cleaner on it then blow it out with compressed air. There is probably small particles in the burner. That is a very small hole that can get plugged up. Clean out the soot in the flew above the burner with the wire brush that is already there. Put the burner back together and reinstall. It should light as good as new. Mine is currently out of the unit and easy to get to. It may be more difficult if it is still in the unit, but I think it is possible. It will save you about $800 to get your old one to work!

I think you can repair the the edges of the scoop with fiberglass mat and resin. Or, I have seen some line the edge with aluminum strips and rivet the strips on over the edge.
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:37 AM   #5
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My fiberglass was cracked pretty bad too. I was going to buy a new one, but then I saw some pictures of one on line and it didn't follow the contour of the wall very well. I ended up using fiberglass and repaired my old one. I'm glad I did!
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:24 AM   #6
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Thanks for the information! I was afraid it wouldn't line up right.
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Old 06-14-2014, 12:07 PM   #7
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I saw two Caravels with the bigger dometic refrigerator on Fred's Airstream site for two 65 Caravels. I am thinking of using the 2454 with gas, electric, and DC.
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Most ads for refers give the dimensions. They also list the cubic foot capacity of the refer.
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You might look at the Dometic 2410 and 2510 refrigerators. They are simple refrigerators with the old stile 2 level flame and do not use any 12 volt power for anything except initial lighting (12 volt spark only, after that, gas is used) They are two way, propane and 120 volt. No circuit boards, no electronics. Great little refrigerators.
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