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Old 03-13-2006, 04:55 PM   #1
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New Refrigerator for 1971 Safari?

My fridge works fine on electric but the propane parts don't work and are not worth repairing. We want to try more boondocking this year and I want to replace it with a new electric/propane one. Does anyone have any experience as to what brand of refrigerator will fit in the space available in the 71 Safari? I could really use some advice on this before I take it to the dealer and have him order a new one.

In addition I would like to order a small generator for boondocking also. I have read some threads about members who have ordered kits to convert the gas models to propane. I'm not that handy and I wonder if there are any propane generators available in the market that run on propane? In searching the Net all I can find are gas powered ones.

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Old 03-13-2006, 05:08 PM   #2
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Larry, what dimensions, height and width, are your current fridge?
The Honda Eu1000 and Eu2000 are both very good, quiet, economical generators, with the advantage they are pretty lightweight. They are also easily convertable to LP, I am sure you can do a forum search on "generator LP conversions" and find info here on how to do it. Many forum members have done so, and posted about it.
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I don't have any info on your ref. question. However, I just made a super improvement on our 71 Safari. As you probably know, the city water hook up on these models is a bit of troube. l had an Airstream dealer order a Surflow city water hook up fixture like the ones on the newer models. Cut a 3.5 inch hole in the outside body and attached it with stainless screws. Since it easy to access the inside of the body in the area behind the toilet, It was a snap to hook up flexible PVC inside. My life is now complete.
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Dbraw,

I'm sure that you can have a new propane section replaced in your fridge for WAAAYYYY LESS than the cost of a new fridge!! If it's running well on AC then the unit is basically sound. You need a new gas valve, burner and tube, igniter and electrode and maybe a new DSI board. Even with all of this, still way cheaper than a new box!!!!

Give me your model number and I can look up what will fit.
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It's too bad Larry lives so far away from us, I have two fully functional two way fridges in our garage...
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Hi Lew,

Thanks for your thoughts. The dealer has told me in the past that the parts I need to repair the fridge are no longer available. It is an AB Electrolux Model RM60, Product # 9262601, Serial # 944 0472. Even if I could buy the repair parts I am not qualified to do the repair so I would have to go back to the dealer. Do you think it would still be worthwhile paying for the repairs rather than investing in a new unit?

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Hi Lew,

Thanks for your thoughts. The dealer has told me in the past that the parts I need to repair the fridge are no longer available. It is an AB Electrolux Model RM60, Product # 9262601, Serial # 944 0472. Even if I could buy the repair parts I am not qualified to do the repair so I would have to go back to the dealer. Do you think it would still be worthwhile paying for the repairs rather than investing in a new unit?

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Elelctrolux, huh? Well, I suppose that without the right replacement parts, it would increase the difficulty factor exponentially!!!! I foolishy made the assumption that you had either a Dometic or Norcold for which parts are still available.

I'll try to search in my data base to see if I have the dimensions associated with your fridge to see what replacement model would fit.
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Larry,

It seems that Electrolux and Dometic are/were the same company. Don't know when they linked up, but I found an exact reference to a Dometic RM60 unit. If yours measures 39 3/16 H X 21 7/8 W X 23 5/8 D you can get a new direct exact replacement for it with a Dometic RM2410.

HOWEVER......knowing that I am dealing with Dometic now, I will speak with their tech department to see if they have the gas parts available. Get back with ya in a couple of days.
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Elelctrolux, huh? Well, I suppose that without the right replacement parts, it would increase the difficulty factor exponentially!!!! I foolishy made the assumption that you had either a Dometic or Norcold for which parts are still available.

I'll try to search in my data base to see if I have the dimensions associated with your fridge to see what replacement model would fit.
Lew,

Dometic still uses the RM prefix for its refigerators. There is a connection between Electrolux and Dometic, but I cannot easily find exactly what. Isn't there a Dometic model RM60?

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I replaced my fridge in my '71 with a Dometic Freedom series RM2510. It was a pretty smooth swap.

Biggest part was removing the bulkhead wall to the left of the fridge, then it was pretty simple after that.
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Larry,

It seems that Electrolux and Dometic are/were the same company. Don't know when they linked up, but I found an exact reference to a Dometic RM60 unit. If yours measures 39 3/16 H X 21 7/8 W X 23 5/8 D you can get a new direct exact replacement for it with a Dometic RM2410.

HOWEVER......knowing that I am dealing with Dometic now, I will speak with their tech department to see if they have the gas parts available. Get back with ya in a couple of days.
I'm with ya!
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My fridge works fine on electric but the propane parts don't work and are not worth repairing. We want to try more boondocking this year and I want to replace it with a new electric/propane one. Does anyone have any experience as to what brand of refrigerator will fit in the space available in the 71 Safari? I could really use some advice on this before I take it to the dealer and have him order a new one.

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Larry,
Do you want to change the venting system to be like the new power vents?
Would that be better than the old roof vent?
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Lew,

Thanks for looking up the new model for me. I'll wait to hear from you before I get the dealer to order a replacement for me.

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It's too bad Larry lives so far away from us, I have two fully functional two way fridges in our garage...
Terry, you and I may need to talk in the near future! My original 2-way is not working presently, but I haven't had a chance to trouble-shoot and find out why. Just haven't gotten that far in the restoration.

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