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Old 05-23-2008, 11:47 PM   #1
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Replace the refrigerator??

I just bought a 66 Caravel. Overall its in pretty good shape and should be a good restoration project. The refrigerator is Dometic gas only--probably the original unit. The folks I bought it from said it probably works but they did not use it in the 8 years they owned the trailer, preferring instead to just use a cooler and used the frig for storage. I started cleaning it up and found its
pretty rusty (as in rusted through in one area) around the bottom front (where the bottom of the door seals against the body) . That, plus what I hear about how hard it is on them not to be used for long periods, has me thinking I should just replace it. I'm new to this. Would those of you who have been through this recommend trying to find a refrig. of the same age, but in good condition? Or is that even realistic? Are there guidelines for what's considered "OK" in a restoration? If so, is putting a new Dometic refrig into a 66 considered "OK"? I understand the size would not be an exact match. Big deal? Or are there ways to make that work? I like the idea of having a good reliable appliances, but don't want it to stick out like a sore thumb. I'm sure I'll have many more questions as this goes along. Great to have this website and forum. I've already spent hours reading this stuff and have learned a lot. Thanks
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Old 05-24-2008, 12:06 AM   #2
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Our '65 Caravel has a Dometic, but I don't think it is original, as it is just a little too wide and someone modified the opening. I think the model is R360. It works on gas, 110 or 12v. The 12v does not work, but the gas and 110 work very well. I think Dometic still has a model that will fit in that space.

We like having a working refrigerator that makes ice and keeps things cold. I hate paying for frozen water when I can freeze it myself.
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Old 05-24-2008, 07:37 AM   #3
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IIRC, the Dometic web site: Dometic USA has a conversion chart for older units and their current replacements, along with the dimensions.
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Old 05-24-2008, 08:38 AM   #4
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Lew, do know where to get a electric element for the 1967 M52 Dometic, or a part number.
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I was able to find a replacement dometic for my 66 Safari that fit perfectly where the old one was. If you want to post/send a pic and dimensions of the opening, I can compare against mine and share the model number with you if it's the same.
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Thanks for the leads. Steve, my trailer is in the shop for a few days...I'll post picture and dimensions when I get it back.
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I was able to find a replacement dometic for my 66 Safari that fit perfectly where the old one was. If you want to post/send a pic and dimensions of the opening, I can compare against mine and share the model number with you if it's the same.
BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!!!

It's not only the size that matters! If you replace an AC heating element with one that fits, but does not match the wattage of the original, you will invariably damage your fridge, as the heating requirements are carefully calculated by Dometic for each fridge.
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Lew, do know where to get a electric element for the 1967 M52 Dometic, or a part number.
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Your local RV dealer who is an authorized Dometic dealer should be able to get one for you. Of they can't, shoot me a PM and I'll see what I can do.
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