Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-19-2015, 10:39 AM   #1
Rivet Master
 
InterBlog's Avatar

 
2006 22' Interstate
League City , Texas
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 2,422
Best replacement propane refrigerator for Interstate?

Our 2007 Interstate's Dometic 2351 fridge died, and none of the troubleshooting decision trees seem to be bearing fruit, so my question is, if you had to replace a small propane fridge right now, in March 2015, which model would you choose?

Note that with only one coach battery at the present time and no solar capacity, I don't think we have the option to go with a newer all-electric. We have to replace in-kind.

On other threads, I've read complaints about the Dometic's performance, but the problem is that I'm not sure there's anything better out there.

Thanks.
__________________

__________________
InterBlog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2015, 07:39 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
2006 22' Interstate
League City , Texas
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 502
I think the answer is to use the same model because nothing else will fit without modifying the cabinets.
__________________

__________________
LB_3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2015, 07:51 PM   #3
Figment of My Imagination
 
Protagonist's Avatar
 
2012 Interstate Coach
From All Over , More Than Anywhere Else
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 10,294
The Dometic RM2351 is still being made, so you could stick with what you had.
Products - Dometic

Or you could upgrade to 3-way power to include a 120v option, by getting the Dometic RM2354— as long as you've got a 120v circuit to plug it into.
Products - Dometic
__________________
WBCCI #1105
TAC LA-4

My Google-Fu is strong today.
Protagonist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2015, 07:48 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
InterBlog's Avatar

 
2006 22' Interstate
League City , Texas
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 2,422
I wish the danged thing had waited a little longer before it kicked the bucket. We are still on the fence about whether we want to take out that microwave and expand upward into that space, perhaps with a larger fridge. That requires a bit more ground truth and experience regarding how we will actually use the vehicle.

We first thought it was a front panel problem because the Auto light was clearly flickering. Replaced that part via some independent seller on eBay for about $25.

Next was told by our local RV repair shop to do some coil feel-ups. That plus wisdom from the other recent "Dometic died" thread suggests that it's a bad controller board which costs about $100 to replace.

Every time my husband shows me cell phone pics of some newly-exposed Interstate innards (this time being the area behind the fridge), my first reaction is often, "Oh God - more rust." It's just amazing to me the toll that the natural environment has taken on a vehicle that was hardly ever used. I guess in this case the exacerbating factor is obvious - propane combusted to produce carbon dioxide and WATER vapor - but could the manufacturer not have used just a few stainless parts in the general area of that process? Apparently not. In this case it's not really bad rust - the element itself and some surrounding hardware - but it still has to be dealt with...
__________________
InterBlog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2015, 07:12 PM   #5
3 Rivet Member
 
Wolf Alaska's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Currently Looking...
Madison , Alabama
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 154
Images: 7
make the best decision

I recommend you consider obtaining a 110VAC & 12VDC Refer. You can safely run refer way out of level when in the coach but not camped. That 1 reason is why go electric only. I have used a Norcold for 18 years & am very happy with it. Send private msg if want more info about use.
__________________
Wolf Alaska is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2015, 09:44 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
2006 22' Interstate
League City , Texas
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 502
Turns out we had a blown 12v fuse. We never thought to check fuses because the front panel buttons were illuminated indicating that the fridge was getting power.

Who would have guessed that the fridge would be powered by 2 separate circuits?
__________________
LB_3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2015, 10:01 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
InterBlog's Avatar

 
2006 22' Interstate
League City , Texas
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 2,422
Ah, but there's more going on here than just a blown fuse. Given that this topic is now spread across multiple threads, I wrote this post for reference:

THE INTERSTATE BLOG: TROUBLESHOOTING A DOMETIC 2351 PROPANE FRIDGE
__________________

__________________
InterBlog is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Compact Home Refrigerator or RV Refrigerator? Truebrit Refrigerators 26 04-05-2011 02:30 PM
How do I start refrigerator on propane popeyedoyle1 Refrigerators 6 02-21-2006 08:54 PM
Propane Refrigerator Vent B Stover Refrigerators 3 10-31-2005 08:02 AM
Propane/electric refrigerator B Stover Refrigerators 6 10-25-2005 01:01 PM
Propane/Electric Refrigerator jlh Refrigerators 4 09-19-2005 04:53 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:28 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.