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Old 07-30-2013, 08:40 PM   #1
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New to the site. We have an 1987 25 foot Sovereion and are looking for recommendation for a rebuilt unit for the Dometic any suggestions.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:55 PM   #2
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New to the site. We have an 1987 25 foot Sovereion and are looking for recommendation for a rebuilt unit for the Dometic any suggestions.
The Dometic what? Fridge? Air conditioner? Dometic makes a lot of products that end up in Airstreams.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:59 PM   #4
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Depends on what needs to be done to it. It can be very expensive...upwards of $700 or more, again, depending on what needs to be done. As finicky as those fridges can be (always speak in low calm tones whenever around one...). Unless you are near someone who can work on one....it may be more cost effective to buy a new unit.
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We have a 1976 20' argosy land yacht. We have been working on it for a couple of months and last weekend decided to remove the pink carpet. After it was removed we were removing the peeling wallpaper when I noticed an ammonia smell. Soon it was so strong we had to get out. The hubs think it was the dometic frige coolant but we aren't sure and don't know how to check. Any suggestions?
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After it was removed we were removing the peeling wallpaper when I noticed an ammonia smell. Soon it was so strong we had to get out. The hubs think it was the dometic frige coolant but we aren't sure and don't know how to check. Any suggestions?
That was your refer (what we call a fridge) giving up on life. The coolant leaked out, therefore you need to either buy a brand new refer, or, for a lot less money, a new cooling system. Fairly easy to put in if you are handy with basic tools.
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That was your refer (what we call a fridge) giving up on life. The coolant leaked out, therefore you need to either buy a brand new refer, or, for a lot less money, a new cooling system. Fairly easy to put in if you are handy with basic tools.
I am not sure it is a lot less money. We went ahead and bought a new fridge for $850. I don't know what a new cooling system would have cost but our fridge was 30 years old, missing two shelves, old seals, etc. Also the condenser on the new fridge was considerably larger (about 40-50%) than the original one which will help it cool better.

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Note- the one on the left is the 30 year old Dometic RM2500 and the new RM2510 is on the right.

I was very careful when I installed it and added more insulation and baffling behind the fridge to improve performance. I have it set on 2 and it is keeping it at 37-38 degrees in temperatures up to 90 degrees.

Good luck.

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I am not sure it is a lot less money. We went ahead and bought a new fridge for $850. I don't know what a new cooling system would have cost but our fridge was 30 years old, missing two shelves, old seals, etc. Also the condenser on the new fridge was considerably larger (about 40-50%) than the original one which will help it cool better.

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Note- the one on the left is the 30 year old Dometic RM2500 and the new RM2510 is on the right.

I was very careful when I installed it and added more insulation and baffling behind the fridge to improve performance. I have it set on 2 and it is keeping it at 37-38 degrees in temperatures up to 90 degrees.

Good luck.

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Hi, Dan. at rvcoolingunit.com the RM2500 cooling unit is $485, but you get $100 back for returning the old core. I don't know what those parts you would have needed cost, so it might not have worked for you.

My RM 2812 is an 8 cu ft model, and the cooling unit for it is $525 for the same style in a rebuilt one, or $645 for a much heavier-built brand new one. These guys are the only people I have seen that do the rebuilts or for a bit more, they have huskier brand new ones. The so-called Amish ones. I don't know if the $100 rebate applies against the new one, but it does on the rebuilt.

All that to say, up here in Canada, an equivalent to that RM2812 refer goes for about $1600 new. The shipping costs would be absurd, so I would have to drive down with the TT and have them install it (time). Any way you slice it, it is much cheaper for me, at least.

I have done a lot of reading on peak weather performance, since my sister-in-law complained she didn't get good cooling in hot weather, and the key is to add fans, those little muffin fans you see in computers. They are quiet, cheap, and take little current.

RV Cooling Unit also puts forth a good argument for an inexpensive twin-fan setup to use INSIDE the refer. But the cooling of the rear cabinet is essential for the life of the refer and its performance, and cannot be forgotten.

BTW, I have no affiliation with RV Coolling Unit, other than as a satisfied customer (a heating element, and soon some fans).
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One of the best answers lately seems to be "it depends" I sure would have gone with a new cooling unit also in your case when you compare $525 for a new cooling unit to the cost of a new fridge at $1,600.

Thanks for the info.

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Dan,
Even with yours it's about 1/2 price, but your missing parts might not have even been available new. Plus, when you can get one at such a good price, we have to remember, there IS something nice about Brand New.
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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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