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Old 12-14-2006, 02:07 PM   #1
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Dometic Refer Recall

Please go to RV.Net : RV Accessories, Supplies, Classifieds, Insurance, Financing & More, then the Tech or Trailer forums and look at the NHTSA recall of 2 door Dometic refers. The one in my 2004 Safari 25b is subject to this recall. Sort of adds new fuel (no pun intended) to the propane on/off debate.

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Old 12-14-2006, 03:17 PM   #2
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Thanks for the post. Here is the link for those interested.

I will be checking my serial number, but fear I too may be included in the recall......

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Dometic Refer Recall - Possible Fire Hazard -Update 12/5/06

Interesting that they don't seem to be replacing the heating element back to 325 watts. So does that mean that our fridges are likely to fail sooner than later??
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Old 12-14-2006, 04:17 PM   #3
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Well, thank heavens that this is not the Dometic refrigerator that we've fixin' to order:

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32 11/32 x 20 11/16 x 21 5/16

By the way, the RM7401 is the closest size match we could find for the old MA52 that we've got in the 67 rig. Alas, the RM7401 is not readily available; it has to be special ordered. (I get the feeling that it just might be more common in Europe -- see Dometic -- than here in the states -- see Dometic USA
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Well, thank heavens that this is not the Dometic refrigerator that we've fixin' to order:
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Oh, I feel a whole lot better now!
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Old 12-14-2006, 04:47 PM   #5
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The Domentic recall fix is an attempt at preventing ignition of leaked ammonia, but is not a root-cause repair. Does anyone know how difficult it is to replace the offending 345 watt heating element with a 325 watt?
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The Domentic recall fix is an attempt at preventing ignition of leaked ammonia, but is not a root-cause repair. Does anyone know how difficult it is to replace the offending 345 watt heating element with a 325 watt?
Great point.....I was wondering the same thing in my post, having read the fact that the larger wattage change is what may have caused this crack to develop in the first place....
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Serial Number

I need to check mine. So where do I find the serial number on it?

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Two places you can find the numbers....inside the fridge (lower level) on the door jamb or on the yellow equipment sheet you got in the AS manual (if you bought it new). Happy hunting,,,

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The Domentic recall fix is an attempt at preventing ignition of leaked ammonia, but is not a root-cause repair. Does anyone know how difficult it is to replace the offending 345 watt heating element with a 325 watt?
simple change, just a cover on the boiler and 2 wires
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simple change, just a cover on the boiler and 2 wires

So you are saying to replace the electric heating element is fairly simple? What would the average cost be for the parts?
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Well, they found a fix but it won't be ready till sometime in 2007 .
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Yes, but the fix from what I understand simply helps prevent ignition, it doesn't replace the higher wattage heating element that caused the weld to give....
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I have a 2005 Safari:

Mode: RM2662
SN: 321-00372

Looks Like I am ok.
From the NHTSA website:

Dometic Recall NHTSA Campaign ID 06E076000

Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
DOMETIC / NDR1062 9999
DOMETIC / RM2652 9999
DOMETIC / RM2662 9999
DOMETIC / RM2663 9999
DOMETIC / RM2852 9999
DOMETIC / RM2862 9999
DOMETIC / RM3662 9999
DOMETIC / RM3663 9999
DOMETIC / RM3862 9999
DOMETIC / RM3863 9999

Manufacturer : DOMETIC CORPORATION

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06E076000 Mfg's Report Date : AUG 28, 2006

Component: EQUIPMENT: RECREATIONAL VEHICLE

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 926877

Summary:
CERTAIN DOMETIC TWO-DOOR REFRIGERATORS MANUFACTURED BETWEEN APRIL 1997 AND MAY 2003: SERIAL NOS.
713XXXXX THROUGH 752XXXXX;
801XXXXX THROUGH 852XXXXX;
901XXXXX THROUGH 952XXXXX;
001XXXXX THROUGH 052XXXXX;
101XXXXX THROUGH 152XXXXX;
201XXXXX THROUGH 252XXXXX;
301XXXXX THROUGH 319XXXXX,
INSTALLED IN CERTAIN RECREATIONAL VEHICLES AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT AND SOLD AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT. A FATIGUE CRACK MAY DEVELOP IN THE BOILER TUBE WHICH MAY RELEASE A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF PRESSURIZED COOLANT SOLUTION INTO AN AREA WHERE AN IGNITION SOURCE (GAS FLAME) IS PRESENT.

Consequence:
THE RELEASE OF COOLANT UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS COULD IGNITE AND RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy:
THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS OF RECREATIONAL VEHICLES THAT HAD THE REFRIGERATORS INSTALLED AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT AND DOMETIC WILL NOTIFY OWNERS OF THE AFTERMARKET REFRIGERATORS. DOMETIC WILL INSTALL A SECONDARY BURNER HOUSING FREE OF CHARGE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOMETIC AT 888-446-5157.

Notes:
CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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So you are saying to replace the electric heating element is fairly simple? What would the average cost be for the parts?
I'm not sure what the elements are running in price, but what I have seen on these late models are weld failures where the socket for the element is welded to the boiler tube. All it takes is a pinhole and you got 300 psi of hydrogen discharging around the burner area. I use helium in my rebuilding - recharging process, so there is no danger of fire in any cooling unit I service. To my knowledge I'm the only rebuilder in north america to use helium. I suppose nobody else does because of cost.
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