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Old 08-20-2013, 04:09 PM   #15
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I have a 1978 Excella 500 with at Dometic and have broken the gas/electric selector, any ideas where to find the model number for the fridge or the selector?
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John,

Look in through the hatch on the outside of your trailer behind the refer: there is a paper diagram there on the back of the refer where the model number was marked on ours.

But even if you aren't able to find the model number, I think if you just asked for the selector knob for that year, you should be OK.

I would start with Dometic directly...

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Old 08-28-2013, 06:34 PM   #16
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I am refurbishing a 77 28' Argosy. It has the original Dometic RM 100 model fridge. I promised the wife to buy a new one. Dometic suggests models RM 2820,2852,2862 or 3962. The 2820 seems to be the only slide in fit. All others will require raising pantry for the unit. I have only found one review of the 2820 that was on Amazon and it was not very positive. Anyone have expereice with a new model?

Reading several other forums, some people put in a residential fridge and use their battery while boon docking. What experience does anyone have? I already plan on upgrading to a new converter and may even try to place two 6 volt batteries instead of a single 12V. They would have to go under the bed but I think I heard on VAT that AGM batteries do not need to be vented. Am I correct?

Too many choices, too many options, too little knowledge. LOL
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You will need an inverter, a big one! and a large amount of battery capacity or a generator to boondock with a residential fridge.
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Another option is the refer with a Danfoss type compressor.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:00 PM   #19
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Reading several other forums, some people put in a residential fridge and use their battery while boon docking. What experience does anyone have? I already plan on upgrading to a new converter and may even try to place two 6 volt batteries instead of a single 12V. They would have to go under the bed but I think I heard on VAT that AGM batteries do not need to be vented. Am I correct?

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It is good that you are going to two golf cart batteries. I boondock a lot and I can easily go 4 or 5 days without charging my batteries. Normal battery load is lights (I have LED), water pump, some use of the fan and possibly some tv. My fridge runs on propane. If you use a residential fridge, you will run your batteries down in a matter of HOURS. Camping is no fun with dead batteries. Don't use a residential fridge.

When you upgrade your converter, you may want to install a "battery tender" to keep tabs on your battery voltage. I got both from Industrial Device Networking - Serial, Ethernet & USB - B&B Electronics.

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I mad a mistake on the link for best converter. It is: BestConverter - Converters, Inverters, Electrical Supplies, Electronics

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You may also want to repair the fridge while you are determining your options.

Dometic was very helpful as were the folks on this forum.

I found the parts manual and troubleshooting guide.

Below is a website for parts.

RV Parts Superstore

Perhaps this will get you fixed up in the meantime.

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I am refurbishing a 77 28' Argosy. It has the original Dometic RM 100 model fridge. I promised the wife to buy a new one. Dometic suggests models RM 2820,2852,2862 or 3962. The 2820 seems to be the only slide in fit. All others will require raising pantry for the unit. I have only found one review of the 2820 that was on Amazon and it was not very positive. Anyone have expereice with a new model?

Reading several other forums, some people put in a residential fridge and use their battery while boon docking. What experience does anyone have? I already plan on upgrading to a new converter and may even try to place two 6 volt batteries instead of a single 12V. They would have to go under the bed but I think I heard on VAT that AGM batteries do not need to be vented. Am I correct?

Too many choices, too many options, too little knowledge. LOL

I'm renovating a '76 Argosy28 rear-bedroom. The previous owner had replaced the 2-way fridge with a stacked pair of junky dorm fridges, and never camped without hookups or traveled far, so it worked for them.

I'm planning to put in a Dometic Tundra with the Danfoss 12v compressor. Long-long term, I may add solar to the roof, but in the short term I'm just going with 2 batteries and relying on the generator I already have when boondocking. It costs about the same as a 2-way absorption fridge (the ones you were looking at) but works better in hot weather and isn't as finicky. Also, it doesn't require venting, though if unvented will add some heat to your interior like any fridge would.
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Well, the wife went to Camping World on Friday and she shopped for refrigerators. She looked at a RM2820 and then a RM3762. While the latter is smaller, she said the storage was better. She couldn't wait for me to fix the RM100 so we are now the new owners of the RM3762. I'll be installing it soon. I still plan on two batteries for boondocking. I wish I had known about the Defos compressor before she left.
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