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Old 10-26-2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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new refrigerator, old trailer

I know this is an old tale, but replaced my dead dometic with a new one that, by the given measurements, thought would be a somewhat close fit. Wrong. countertops are being replaced anyway, but refer is about 5 inches too high and 5 inches too wide. Help?
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:41 PM   #2
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Two solutions come to mind:

1) return it and get one which is closer to the original size.
2) modify things to fit what you have now. Height can be changed with a step up countertop, width, if it is an end panel, can be accommodated but watch out for things like pull out couches to be sure they fit.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:57 PM   #3
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Unfortunately, I can't return it. Modifications is what I need to do. I don't have a bed across from the galley (yet), so I can work around that. The step-up counter-top shouldn't be a problem, but what should I do with the jutting out part of the fridge next to the cabinet frame-have the counter-top come down and encase it? Also, any new ventilation issues? I was going to use the old, original plastic vent thingy (sorry, I'm a newbie). Thanks for your help!
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:20 PM   #4
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Why not just buy one the right size?

Run an ad in the free classified here and sell the wrong size one.

So far, all my Airstream issues can be solved with a check.

Mistakes are meant to cost money . . . that's why they're called mistakes.

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Old 10-26-2012, 01:49 PM   #5
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When I put a larger unit in my Argosy (deliberately) I stepped the counter up which worked very well. Mine was not deeper than original (which yours looks to be) but if it had been, I would have put a spacer to make the depth fit the new unit.

There is no reason the original vent should not work well with the new refrigerator, just be sure that you seal things off so the heat goes up the flue, and is not trapped below the countertop.

Here are a couple of photos of what I wound up with.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:10 PM   #6
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Let it be taller and wider and deeper than the original. Once it is encased in wood to match the rest of the kitchen, it will look like it belonged there all along. You'll like the extra space of the larger fridge.

We had the same issue with our '71 Tradewind. We bought a refurbished fridge (so much cheaper!). It sits across from the sink, so we just made the whole counter above it higher. We built a box around it to seal any carbon monoxide fumes out of the living space. I built a pull out pantry to go in the much narrower space at the side of the fridge. The outside of the box around the fridge will be faced with the same birch as the rest of the kitchen as soon as I get to "birchifying" that part of the trailer. Pics in the blog in my sig line.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:39 PM   #7
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Looks like you have the same model fridge I put in my 68. I am curious the model # on yours. Mine was a little taller but I compensated and now it looks just like it has always been there. The width was the same as the original. I can check the model on mine if you need to know, I don't remember off the top of my head. I looked at several lumber yards to find plywood with the grain to match my existing cabinets. My wife is an expert with colors and spent a couple of afternoons blending stains and doing test pieces to get an almost perfect match. When I installed the new panel on the fridge everyone thinks it is original to the trailer. We just got home from 7 days in the Trade Wind, you will really like the new Dometic.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:38 PM   #8
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Looks like you have the same model fridge I put in my 68. I am curious the model # on yours. Mine was a little taller but I compensated and now it looks just like it has always been there. The width was the same as the original. I can check the model on mine if you need to know, I don't remember off the top of my head. I looked at several lumber yards to find plywood with the grain to match my existing cabinets. My wife is an expert with colors and spent a couple of afternoons blending stains and doing test pieces to get an almost perfect match. When I installed the new panel on the fridge everyone thinks it is original to the trailer. We just got home from 7 days in the Trade Wind, you will really like the new Dometic.
It is a 2510. The specs gave the same depth for this as the 2410, (24"?), and a few inches taller, and I was less concerned with the height than the depth. The width is the same as my old one. Does yours come out that far from the wall?
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:42 PM   #9
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Your checkbook is obviously bigger than mine but the smaller model lists the same depth as the one I got-just a few inches shorter. The height is not as big a problem for me as the depth (protrusion, existing end wood wall)
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:07 PM   #10
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Thumbs up Thank you!

All of the responses to my question have been very helpful in helping me think outside the box, er, Twinkie. I have been struggling to maintain the same "footprint" in my safari as the original-and that's actually not the best for us. We have a front gaucho with a slide-out (piano hinge) table. That has been reupholstered and is ready to go, as is the table. The other double gaucho (across from the galley) was removed some time ago-not by us. So the depth of the new refer shouldn't interfere with that. I was never keen on the idea of trying to sleep more than 2-3 people in such a small space, so now I am thinking a twin across from the galley, or maybe even a comfy reading chair, expandable to a twin bed. At this point our camping will be me and DH and, maybe teenage son.
That being said, please continue responding to my thread if you have other ideas!
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I don't know if it would fit, but I built a single bed size dinette where a curb side gaucho was in our Tradewind. It's in the blog which is linked in my sig line.

The tricky bit was getting the backs of the dinette benches to slope for comfortable sitting and still have enough length for a bed for our nearly 6' tall son. The solution was to have the wood that supports the back cushions fold down, ending up under the cushions for the bed. The table drops down ON to the bench seat, not level with it. And there are a couple of strips that lie flat behind the hinge of the backrest so that all of the bed is level before the cushions go back down.

It's kind of hard to explain in words. If you want to know more and the pictures in the blog don't make it clear, I can try to sketch a diagram. When it's just the two of us, we leave the bed set up as a bed, with some throw cushions to let it function as a lounge/sofa and the dinette is where we eat.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:28 PM   #12
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Gee the refer you have looks like the stock unit in our '69 Trade Wind
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