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Old 03-12-2011, 07:17 PM   #15
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I have found a shop in Shipsheewana, Indiana that repairs absorption units. He has a large inventory of cooling units. I have mine at his shop right now being fixed. There is a shop in Shipshee that builds new cooling units and Leon gets his new units there. Worth a call.

Leon is 260-768-7059.

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Interesting........................Is he repairing a vintage unit or a late model one?
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:24 PM   #16
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Ours lasted a year after a "re-build." Granted we're full timers, but if you plan on keeping the coach and traveling, I'd replace the unit. The new Dometics are very much improved; we got seven years out of our last "Classic", which is not bad for 24/7.
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:34 PM   #17
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Wish I could get a new one...........

Thanks to all who replied with helpful suggestions. First let me say that I would love to purchase a new unit but unfortunately I'm dealing with all newly replaced cabinetry which I don't want to redo and none of the new models fit the opening. (Any one aware of one I've missed? Cutout dimensions for frig:
26 & 1/2 H x 21 W). Did find an icebox @ Vintage Trailer Supply that I think will work but that's my default choice if all else fails.

So at this point, unless this thread bears additional fruit, I'm going to pull the unit, try cleaning burner and flu as suggested. I've never smelled any ammonia but the leak may have been long ago. If that doesn't help will next take it to RV Doctor George in Sacramento to see if an adjustment will bring it back to life (his suggestion and the only person willing to even look at it so far). My intuition tells me that it probably won't and unfortunately he said he doesn't have any replacement parts for it in his junk yard so if he can't get it cooling and there are no other leads from this thread I'll be calling Leon in Indiana. Obviously I'd be thrilled to find a resource a little closer to home, somewhere in Nor Cal or at least the Pacific Northwest.

Thanks again for your help!
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:07 PM   #18
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Try "burping" the fridge. Turn it upside down overnight and then right side up for another night. That is what brought mine back to life. It now cools very well unless it is hot outside.

Some of the passages are small in the cooling unit and over time small particles get concentrated in one spot or the other. The act of "burping" usually clears these passages, re-distributing the settlement. Eventually the refer will fail but this will help to prolong it's life.

FYI - I have a Dometic M-16 that works very well, so far....
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:07 PM   #19
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Thanks to all who replied with helpful suggestions. First let me say that I would love to purchase a new unit but unfortunately I'm dealing with all newly replaced cabinetry which I don't want to redo and none of the new models fit the opening. (Any one aware of one I've missed? Cutout dimensions for frig:
26 & 1/2 H x 21 W). Did find an icebox @ Vintage Trailer Supply that I think will work but that's my default choice if all else fails.

So at this point, unless this thread bears additional fruit, I'm going to pull the unit, try cleaning burner and flu as suggested. I've never smelled any ammonia but the leak may have been long ago. If that doesn't help will next take it to RV Doctor George in Sacramento to see if an adjustment will bring it back to life (his suggestion and the only person willing to even look at it so far). My intuition tells me that it probably won't and unfortunately he said he doesn't have any replacement parts for it in his junk yard so if he can't get it cooling and there are no other leads from this thread I'll be calling Leon in Indiana. Obviously I'd be thrilled to find a resource a little closer to home, somewhere in Nor Cal or at least the Pacific Northwest.

Thanks again for your help!

Try this place...aaarv.net... they're in Sacramento and have a lot of older parts . I found a thermostat for an m28 .
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