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Old 04-26-2009, 07:36 PM   #15
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fix your own and save about 1100 bucks!

just like i did http://www.airforums.com/forums/f425...air-23857.html

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Old 04-26-2009, 08:30 PM   #16
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Besides

if you get an a.c. only unit that has a compressor, you'll be surprised how noisy it is compared to the old Dometic when it was running.

I boondock quite a bit and I too have a quiet generator, but I don't think I'd want to use it to keep the beer and ice cream cold!

Sounds like with a little beer and a neighbor's help, you can replace all the cooling parts for a "reasonable" (i.e. less than a new Dometic) price. Good luck!
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:42 PM   #17
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I wonder why my repair guy did not suggest a rebuilt cooling unit? How hard are these things to remove? Is there any kind of manual on how to correctly remove them?
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:02 PM   #18
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One of the members of AirstreamList : The original Airstream discussion list.. just had her fridge go out and she was able to find parts and do the repairs herself. Worth a look.
If you were anywhere near Ontario, I'd recommend Gammons in St Thomas who have periodically resuscitated my 74 fridge which keeps chugging along, keeping my humus cool and my carrot sticks crisp.
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:07 PM   #19
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Noise is the biggest reason not to have a compresser, It'l drive you nutz!
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:43 AM   #20
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fix your own and save about 1100 bucks!

just like i did http://www.airforums.com/forums/f425...air-23857.html

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Great thread, John!

I replaced our cooling unit this weekend. It really was not as difficult as I thought it would be. I bought ours from RVCOOL.COM - Supplier of rebuilt cooling units for Norcold and Dometic RV Refrigerators. The only added step I had from John's experience was that I needed to trim down the foam on the new cooling unit. I did this with a rasp, followed by sandpaper.

I saved about $1,000 by fixing our old unit myself. With basic mechanical skills you can, too!
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:09 AM   #21
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If you really plan on using the Airstream, I would get 'er done by finding a good RV fridge replacement. In addition, resale. IMHO, folks looking to buy, unless it's a restoration, don't want to deal with things like replacing an electric fridge.

Besides all this, when traveling for hours you most likely can't run a generator, so I'd just bite the bullet and get a new or refurb RV fridge (two or three way-- your call).

Looking further down the thread, I see some folks have suggested repair. This is possible and can be done. I have heard both good and bad and my dad had his unit repaired in the manner suggested. It has worked well now for 3 years since done. If you can do this and it will solve it, this would be a far better choice then to go with a simple electric fridge IMHO.
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The other thing for consideration is a modern home electric fridge will not have the adaquate insulation that the RV units do.
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Couldn't U put that silver insulation around an AC fridge?
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Help! I'm buying a 92 Classic excella 29' and the refrigerator is missing! Anybody know what size fits in the opening and are there any good used or refurbished ones available? Would really like to put a original type refrigerator back in!
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I wonder why my repair guy did not suggest a rebuilt cooling unit? How hard are these things to remove? Is there any kind of manual on how to correctly remove them?
He makes $50 clear for replacing a rebuilt cooling unit, vs about $350 for installing a new refrigerator.

Sad but true. Shortsighted too, because you won't trust his word again.

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I've always have a problem with the 3way fridge set up or the 2way propane/electric.The propane side can leak gas. If the boiler is not working,the electric won,t either. My solution may be considered bottom shelf but an all electric fridge is what I want if I plan to stay the season in one spot.Ice is always available,so I bring a cooler too.Life is simple,and sometimes it is a shear joy to pull a cold one from an ice chest.I believe someone mentioned money was an issue.Ice is free from home or about .79 a bag.Granted the Purist in me rejects the whole electric fridge idea and resale could be an issue.Weighing out the pros of simplicity and the cons of mechanical and gas problems,I stay pat with the electric fridge/ice chest combo.
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:43 PM   #27
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A footnote.A 1980 13' Scotty purchased before the Airstream fascination had a ice cooler on the wall which looked just like a fridge.I asked the seller"how does this fridge work?" The owner looked at me a bit annoyed and said "you put ice in it and when it melts it drips down that hose to the outside son".
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:45 PM   #28
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I've got an electric only unit in my coach. Has never been a problem yet. Mine is very quiet, only draws 1.8 amps @ 120 volts. Newer ones are around $375 for the size I have at Lowes.

Or like richie rich says go with an ice chest. I think I might do that if my fridge ever goes out. A $40 Coleman Extreme does one heck of a job keeping stuff cold for days. I keep one in the back of my pickup year round.
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