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Old 04-07-2010, 08:43 AM   #1
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Fridge reconditioning

Has anyone used "World Class RV Refrigeration" to recondition their fridge? Their web site offers it for $440.00, says all that is needed is to FedEx them the fridge and they will give it an overhaul. I wanted to get some feed back before I trusted something I found through a search engine.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:53 AM   #2
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There's not much on google, but they do have some happy customers. Here's what looks like their facility:

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Old 04-07-2010, 11:00 AM   #3
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I would suspect that price would not include an electronic control board (if needed) or the thermistat (also if needed).

My wife and I did ours in a few hours and the rebuilt refrigeration unit cost about $400 so, given they can get parts wholesale and definitely will spend less time doing it, I don't think the price is way out of line.

If you do it, please report back on how it turned out.

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Old 04-07-2010, 11:57 AM   #4
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I'd be curious as to the warranty. Is it a Dometic?
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Old 04-07-2010, 02:05 PM   #5
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Great responses! I would have never thought to look them up on Google! Mine is a Dometic 2600, I am guessing it is original to the 1986 AS. I am a bit handy on good days, how tough was it to rebuild the fridge? Where did you get the parts?
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Old 04-07-2010, 02:13 PM   #6
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There is at least one other place that specializes in rebuilding RV fridges. Look up Snyder's Refridgeration. I believe they are in Ohio, maybe even in Jackson Center or closeby.
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Did the freezer and lower cooling both quit on gas and a.c.? Was the coach off level? They will quit if so, but can be brought back to life sometimes by turning it off, leaving the door adjar for twenty four hours. A temp gauge is a must.
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The electric quit first, then finally the gas. The trailer was level when it ran, and I had it checked out about a year ago with the prognosis that it needed to be replaced. I had wondered about rebuilding it since it is in good shape cosmetically, but the mechanic that I used to use was not interested, he just wanted to put a new one in.
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Old 04-07-2010, 03:05 PM   #9
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...if you are interested in removing the cooling unit and sending it off, these folks in Falkville AL appear to be in that line of work:

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For what it's worth, and why I asked so many questions, is we had the same problem; had it re-built at a "pro" shop, lasted a year, if that.
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Ours was a rebuilt cooling unit that we bought from Cooling Unit Warehouse. It was actually overhauled by a company called Pine's RV Refrigeration. Pine's is an Amish owned company -- they use a lot of propane refrigeration as electricity is a no-no in their world.

Removing the old, cleanup and installation of the new took about 2 hours of labor. On a scale of 1 to 10 regarding skill, I am a 7.

However, given your symptoms, your cooling unit might be fine...

Is the boiler tube getting hot on either gas or AC?

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Old 04-07-2010, 08:52 PM   #12
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Hadn't checked the lines in the back, I'll level the trailer tomorrow and start it up and see.

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heres how to rule out the cooling unit, first find the two heating element wires comming from your boiler pack, its the round or sometimes square insulation pack above your burner.next, follow those two wires down to where they hook to your controls, may have to remove a cover, take those two wires off(be sure to disconect 12 volt& 110) take these two wires and plug them into a cord and plug them into 110 outlet, this way your bypassing all controls,let is run for 5 mins, you will hear a gurgling noise if you have a leak,if you dont hear a noise, let it run and check it in 1 hr inside your freezer on the back wall,should feel temp(cooling). this is good means cooling unit is good and controls need looked at
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This is Aug 2010. Just drove (yup, drove) down to Plumerville, AR and had the guys at World Class install a new unit in my fridge (RM 7030 double door). Just hauled the fridge in the back of my pickup. The place looks just like the Google maps shown in posts above. Sort of in the boonies, road goes off into the woods; fridges all over the place.There are 3 guys that do the rebuilding and welding and repair and charging, all brothers I believe. They just don't look fancy and keep their costs low. They helped me load and unload and turned me around in a day. Even got a mini-tour of the shop.
They have the equipment for charging hydrogen gas and ammonia. Well, I'm installing shortly and I'll post the results. Mine was $805.00 total for a double door including the install. ($725 + $80/labor).I didn't want to do the shipping thing and I also stopped at Colaw's RV Salvage on the way down. BTW, it was 95 deg out and humid. . so things move more slowly down in Arkansas. (Just north of Little Rock). I stayed down the road in Conway, AR at a Best Western and had a decent time looking around while waiting.
Very pretty area, even though it was pretty darn hot/humid.
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