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Old 05-14-2018, 06:02 PM   #1
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1966 Dometic refrig removal

Hello all,
Ammonia leak killed her. Trying to remove and I'll be darned if I can figure out. Anybody else done and remember where mounting points are? Thx! Greg
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Old 05-14-2018, 06:33 PM   #2
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The 66 Dometic has two ďskidsĒ built onto the bottom of the fridge. There should be short lag bolts thru the skid holes into the subfloor. Iíve seen the side wood panel also screwed into the side of the fridge with machine screws. Itís a heavy unit, so it may take some shimmying to slide it out. Access to the lags on mine were they the exterior access door. Tight fit. Good luck, Bubba
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Old 05-14-2018, 06:59 PM   #3
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Thanks Bubba, yea have removed the 3 bolts holding to floor few screws on right holding panel to fridge and handful of rivets on left side panel but still not budging. Any idea what I've missed? Thanks again! Greg
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:10 PM   #4
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Greg, thereís no telling what has been done in the past to secure it. It could be stuck to the floor with years of moisture. You may try taking the front lower panel off and do a visual. Also, I think I would use a small pry bar thru the exterior access panel and gingerly prying it up a bit just to see what moves with it. I rebuilt our interior to the exact dimensions, so I know itís an extremely tight fit. Let me know if that doesnít work and Iíll go out and take a look at mine to see if something jogs my memory. Bubba
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:14 PM   #5
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Thanks Bubba, started prying and have bottom inside loose but seems to still be held at rear and counter top?
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:26 PM   #6
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Just looked at mine. Unless someone ran a screw thru the control center bottom framing into the top of the fridge, I canít imagine what it would be. Open the CC door and see if you can see any screw heads that may have gone thru the top counter into the fridge. What a deal. Doesnít it just tick you off when youíre so close? Like trying to lift the shell and one stupid rivet causes anxieties. Hope someone may have the answer. Iím not doing to well. Bubba
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:31 PM   #7
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Yep, forgot to tell you there were 2 long ones there as well I already got. I'm thinking there's a screw or rivet(or two) remaining along side the gaucho requiring removal of that first?
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:49 PM   #8
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There could be a screw or something on the gaucho panel. All the surrounds were built first then the fridge slid into the hole and secured to the floor. To stabilize the side panels, some screwed into the sides of the fridge to secure the flimsy 1/4Ē panels. There may be a screw thru the panel into the gaucho paneling that has partially backed out disallowing the fridge to free up. The bad thing is everything below holds up everything above. You may have to use horizontal pressure to force whatever is holding it to free up. Are you renovating this or just trying to deal with the fridge? We donít even run ours on propane. We plug it in ahead of time and make it to our next stop then plug in again. Bubba
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:58 PM   #9
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I'll bet your right with it being screwed thru the gaucho next to it. Mine had lag bolts in to the floor, screws running thru an L-bracket up into the counter top and long sheet metal screws running from inside of the cabinet next to it, into the side of the fridge.

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Thanks, gave up for tonight. go back at it tomorrow after work. Will let you know how I come out. Thanks again!
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I can't tell you how to remove it although I'm following since I will have to remove mine at sometime in the future. When you do get yours out, what are your plans for it? I could really use the door and freezer compartment.

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Old 05-15-2018, 03:03 PM   #12
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Got it!!!

Wow, what an ordeal! They had corner brackets riveted to top sides of refrigerator and then screwed up into the counter top. (you know, screws that cannot be removed unless you pry countertop off refrig). Then, they had an additional long bracket riveted into side and then into back wall. Both side panels had to be flexed so far that they incurred a crack and other damages. See photos of brackets attached so others have a clue what to expect when removing. Thanks everybody!
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Hi Chuck, Had anticipated listing on AS classifieds as figured there'd be somebody looking for parts.(id I ever figure out how to get door loose from mounting brackets) but that's another story. lol PM if interested and I'll take pictures of what I have. Thx for your interest! Greg
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Do the installers think these frigs are never going to have to be taken out for repair?

I've had to pull out my Dometic Royal out of my older '68 Silver Streak and also my '76 Silver Streak to replace it with a two door Norcold and had very little trouble once the trims and gas/electric connections were removed.
Just difficulty wiggling the unit out of the tight space.

Don't remember how I removed the frig from my '69 Airstream when I gutted it to make it into a storage trailer workshop, but I don't remember having much trouble.

Don't throw away any parts for older Airstreams. They are worth a fortune.
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