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Old 07-19-2014, 10:52 AM   #1
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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.


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Old 07-19-2014, 09:40 PM   #2
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Nice...will it be ready for OBX?
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:30 AM   #3
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Sonia,

I don't think so, but we can still use coolers. We are still up in the air on OBX, the MK girl goes back to work early this year and will not be able to make. There is a chance "V" and I might come down for a few days either on the front or backend since I have a meeting on the 20th that I have to be at with the job.

Will you be taking the MoHo?

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Hi Paul,

We only have the motorhome now and we plan on getting there on Sunday the 17th and leaving the 23rd. Would love to see you all.

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Hi,

Would you be willing to share the name of the place in AL for the fridge repair?

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Paul, I am bumping this thread so I can see how this works out. I have searched high and low for a repair shop that works on these old units.
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All,

Here is the palce that is working on the frig.

Rv Refrigeration Repair

I've already told them that are many of us that would really want to repair our older units vs. replacement and they told me "They want our business!". I've even told them about the old "Klixon" thread. I think they would be will to work on that issue as well.

My plans are this, send them the cooling unit (that is done, it's in house being repair at this time) then to maybe go down there withh the refrigerator box and have them put it back together and test.

PM me if you have questions, I hope to know something soon.

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