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Old 02-18-2002, 08:41 PM   #1
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Question Vintage Dometic Refrigerator Repair Shop?

The original Dometic refrigerator from my 1961 Bambi does not work. I was told it would light (emiting a large flame) but the cooling unit was not cooling.

If possible I would like to locate the parts and get a local shop to fix it to save on shipping costs. Or would you recommend a specialty shop? She needs to be very reliable after the rehab, if not, well lets not go there...

Where is the best place to get parts or have it fixed, etc.? Anyone out there had this done? How much did it cost you?

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Old 03-09-2002, 08:52 PM   #2
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61 Dometic Refregerator

You can find all you ever wanted to know about amonia type and other type refrigerators at www.rvmobile.com
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Old 04-14-2002, 08:08 PM   #3
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What model is the original Dometic fridge?

I am trying to find the model number for the original Dometic fridge that is in my 1961 Bambi? Does anyone know what model it is?
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Andy,

Once you figure out what unit came with yor rig, here is a site that offers manuals as well as rebuild parts and rebuilt units out west.

http://www.gasrefrigeration.net/dometic_manuals.htm

hope this helps
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Andy. Repairing a cooling unit is very specialized. Local shops cannot repair them. You must remove the cooling unit and send or take it to a cooling unit repair shop. A cooling unit contains ammonia and water at a very high pressure. To open that sealed system can be lethal, if you don't have the expertise on "how to." Andy
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Talking The fridge is a Dometic M16

I found the model and the fridge is a 1961 Dometic M16. I do not see it listed on Dometic's website. I can't find it on www.gasrefrigeration.net either. I am going to contact rvmobile.com to find out if they can rebuild my cooling unit. I will keep you all posted. If anyone knows where I might find some info on this 41 year old fridge?
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In general, we don't rebuild cooling units built before 1980, which
obviously includes yours. Also, if the burner is like a flame thrower that
sounds like someone has enlarged the orifice, and too high of a flame could
plug a cooling unit. Parts are almost non-existent for those older models.
I'd go with a new refrigerator.

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Question Hangin on the Refers Door Like a Magnet

Another hanging thread:
OK forum-Andy what is the disposition of this? Inquiring mind wants to know.


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In general, we don't rebuild cooling units built before 1980, Parts are almost non-existent for those older models.
I'd go with a new refrigerator.
Is this gospel? or just a minority vendor opinion ??
Yall know...the old "It Can't Be / Aint Worth Bein Fixed"...so "Buy IT New from ME" Spiel.
Have any of us had a pre-1980 refer repaired sucessfully??
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It is not really gospel...

Basically, I found a place that would rebuild the cooling unit for $550 or so. For a little bit more you get modern technology. Plus a lot more cubic footage inside the unit.

I still have my old fridge and might just restore her. She needs some cosmetic work too, but it would be nice to have her working again. We'll see!
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The PO of my 1971 Tradewind had the Dometic refrigerator repaired, and it does work well now. It needs help on hot days, and it will not stay lit during travel, but essentially it makes ice cubes after 5-6 hours.
So, as long as there are parts available, fixing should be possible.
There are rebuild units available as well.
If I had to do it again, I would install a new refrigerator and update the venting system as per the recommendations on the countless threads on refrigeration in this forum.
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old thread related to my current problem

I have a restored Bambi II with an old Dometic M16 frig that lights but doesn't cool. I've researched this on the web several times but all the leads turn into dead ends as all refused to take on a frig this old. Found this thread today and my hope was renewed (only slightly, given the date of this thread). Does anyone know of a resource for repairing a frig this old? Your reply would be greatly appreciated.
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You should compare the cost of a repair to purchase of a new unit. My father in law replaced the amonia unit in his and within a year he was having other problems. A new unit will also outperform the older unit and some of the new units provide more interior space with the same exterior foot print.
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I have a restored Bambi II with an old Dometic M16 frig that lights but doesn't cool. I've researched this on the web several times but all the leads turn into dead ends as all refused to take on a frig this old. Found this thread today and my hope was renewed (only slightly, given the date of this thread). Does anyone know of a resource for repairing a frig this old? Your reply would be greatly appreciated.
I have had some success working on these old fridges. My 59 Ambassador has it's original fridge & it has presented challenges, but it still works 52 years later.

The first thing to do is sniff around & see if you smell ammonia. If you do, the cooling unit has leaked so it must be rebuilt or replaced. I have heard of places that will rebuild them but I've never had it done myself.

The next thing is the burner & although you say it's burning, it may not be burning correctly. The "flue" will rust over time & fine rust particles rain down on the burner & start to block the tiny orifices (orifi?). Remove the burner assembly & turn it upside down & shake. I've been amazed at how much rust particles that will fall out of a burner that appears to be clean.............& burns. It looks like pepper

The next thing is to get a round wire brush from a big box store (used for cleaning copper plumbing pipes before soldering) & ram it up the flue & down from above, using it like a chimney sweep. Again, lots of rust particles will fall out.

Reassemble the burner & test the gas joints with soapy water before lighting.

Assuming you get the fridge to cool again, you may need to repeat this process annually because the flue will continue to rust .
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Frig help

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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