Good call Chris!
Originally Posted by C Johnson
The Amonia smell is a sign that the cooling unit is toast. ... There isn't much else that can go wrong with it. The only other things that I know of that could cause you trouble down the road are the Gas system, electric system ( it sounds like that works fine ), and the 12 v system if so equipped.
I like how you stated the other things that could go wrong with it ... gas system (electric activated solenoid), electric system (electronic controls ~ $ 200.00+) 12V
system (no big deal) ... labor rate to replace each integral part of the system ?? $ 50-60+ / hour ??. Door gaskets ?? Burner assembly.
A fully functional reefer - Priceless!
It is possible to replace a cooling unit (coil) and maybe, just maybe you will get some more use out of the reefer. If no other parts of the system fail
, and the coil is replaced properly.
If the originality of the unit is of no concern, and dependability is of a concern
, then in the long haul a replacement reefer is the way to go.
I don't necessarily practice what I preach, in this case ... and I may still gamble with a couple hundred dollars when attempting to give new life to a near dead reefer ... although experience over time has groomed me to this avenue.
If I was on an 'Airstream Adventure', and had another failure, I assure you the value of an operating reefer would way out-weigh the value of $cash$ at that time.
The only stop-overs I prefer to make are the one's I choose for pleasure, not repairs on-the-road.
Now if VBob is near (no info in profile) one of the professional rebuilders such as RVMobile, some level of economy may be realized with a re-built unit.
Now, that's my story ... and I'm stick'n to it!
If you have no intention of camping, and your Airstream will be planted, then roadeo has the cheap-way-out for you.