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Old 12-23-2006, 11:59 PM   #15
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welcome to the forum first off, you will need to search underneath, behind and possibly behind the faceplate for hidden fasteners.

the assemblers at the airstream factory may have added fasteners that do not show in your manual.

you will want to stay with the original design as it allows you more options for keeping food cold when you travel. as far as i know dometic only makes 2 or 3 way fridges.

if originality and function are not a concern you can always install a dorm sized fridge in it's place.

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Ok, so now I found a site with replacement cooling units for my refer. Would it be possible to find someone to do that job for me if I got a replacement for my fridge?
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Old 12-24-2006, 12:21 AM   #17
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My Dometic is about 2/3s the size of a small house hold fridge. It has a separate door for the freezer and refrigerator. A dorm sized frige would be too small. Any ideas?
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Ok, so now I found a site with replacement cooling units for my refer. Would it be possible to find someone to do that job for me if I got a replacement for my fridge?
you can look here for step by step instructions on how i rebuilt mine http://www.airforums.com/forum...air-23857.html

i would think any good rv shop would be able to change it for you. especially if you provided the parts.

however, i would make sure the one you have is worth rebuilding before proceeding. is the inside in good shape? got all the shelves etc?

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Old 12-24-2006, 09:05 AM   #19
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My parents 1982 SOB, just had it's fridge die a few years back. After having the cooling unit replaced, the unit has worked very well since. Some folks say these are band-aids, while others swear by it.

I don't know about this particular company, but I can say the the fridge they had fixed is still working without any issues. Cost as has been talked about was small compared to a total replacement.
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Old 12-24-2006, 09:28 AM   #20
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Thanks John. I have printed out your instructions. My refrigerator as well as my entire Airstream is in excellent vintage condition. I am the third owner and the first owner was presdent of the FL Airstream club. The second owner was a great owner who took excellent care of it. Everything in the trailer is original and in perfect working condition except for the non-functioning frige.
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Old 12-24-2006, 10:16 AM   #21
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Since folks have brought this thread back to life, I'll add an update on ours.

Our OE MA52 is dead, as before. We could get it fixed up, but we'd need to ship the whole fridge across country (twice, obviously).

We decided in the end to get a new fridge, at least for now. The problem is that the new fridges aren't the same size. Here's the situation (all measurements in inches):

Dometic MA52 (original)
H 35
W 22 3/8
D ~24

RM2351
H 29-3/4
W 20-1/2
D 21-3/8

RM7401
H 32 11/32
W 20 11/16
D 21 5/16

As you can see, the RM7401 is the closest size match. (Even then, we'll need to do some trim work to make it look good.) Alas, the RM7401 is also quite hard to get: Nearly everybody stocks the RM2351, but nobody (except DometicUSA itself) stocks the RM7401. It was a little challenging to find one.


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