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Old 07-11-2009, 05:33 PM   #15
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Other stuff and the lack of necessity has let this project slide, but today we got almost complete.

Getting the old unit out was a bit harder than anticipated. We had to remove the dinette/settee to get the unit to the door. It was about 1/4" too wide to get through. Once the dinette was out wrestling the unit was the only issue. The new unit is about 1" shorter, to compensate put a sheet of 3/4" plywood on the floor to shim it up. The new unit fits nicely to finish off the install on the inside will require a trim piece to be made to cover up the shim.

Other wise pretty straight forward. Took about 1-2 hours to get the old unit out including dinette removal, and about the same to get the new unit unpacked, doors reversed/removed (won't fit by kitchen with the doors on) and placed in the opening. Probably another hour to finish fastening, plumbing, and electrical work.

This is a two person job but not too strenuous except for lifting the units in and out.

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Old 09-07-2011, 08:30 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Honkity Hank View Post
Bringing this back up to report.

We bought a new dometic 2820 off ebay. Best price on line was from PPL Motorhome. I had bought an a/c unit from them a couple of years ago and they let me pick it up at the atlanta warehouse to save shipping. THey would not let me do that with the refer so I started a new search and found a guy on ebay selling new units drop shipped from Dometic.

Saved a few hundred bucks.

Will report back on how the install goes in a few weeks.
Hi, any chance you have the Ebay sellers name that you used when you purchased your fridge? Love to have this information for possible later use.
Thanks, Derek

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Old 09-12-2011, 06:19 AM   #17
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the ebay sellers name is

I just looked at did not find any items for sale by them. Good Luck with your search.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:07 AM   #18
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There's a guy in Arkansas that rebuilds the cooling units...Google RV COOL...he does good work, and ships all over the US...several dealers use him...mike
BTW, having pulled our fridge out 5 times, I can tell you that if you pull it out to the floor, then you can tip it(with another friend's help) and lift it over the dinette and couch arm, then angle it down and out the door...reverse the process when you reinstall...
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:31 AM   #19
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I've said this before, but it bears re-telling. We had our cooling unit re-built and it lasted a year. Being full-timers puts a strain on anything, so if I took the coach out every once in a while, a re-build might make sense.

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