What started out 48 years ago as a great Dometic M52 refrigerator that was ready to spend its winters in Florida and summers traveling around the USA with the first owners Mr. & Mrs. Jackson in a 1966 Overlander International, to then traveling from Virginia to Missouri, Florida to Nova Scotia and all points in between, with its second owners Mr. & Mrs. Waddell (and family) has finally cooled its last drink.
But, the great unit is not ready to be thrown onto the recycle pile to come back as an KIA. It is lucky enough to find a place still willing to get it back up and running for another 25 years (we hope).
After removing a few bolts in the floor, more than handful of screws from cabinets (after having to take out the oven just to get to them) and many, many rivets holding bent pieces of Aluminum that are also screwed to the underside of the countertop (no way to get to the screws) with a tug and a push it came out without a problem.
After calling around trying to find someone to rebuild the unit I was blessed enough to find a place in AL that is willing to do the job. They are in the process of selling out, (that won’t be for about 60 days) to younger folks ready to take on the job of fixings refrigerators. I asked, “Will you be doing the work?” I was told yes, but at the age of 71 years he said, “Get it to me quick before I leave and I can train the new owners how to fix the M52” which I’m told is very different from the newer style RV refrigerators. Something about how the heat is transferred into the unit by having the heating element next to the boiler and not through the boiler.
So, with the cooling unit out, a large hole in the kitchen and a frig box waiting to offer up cool drinks again, the unit will be shipped out and repaired.