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Old 03-23-2009, 08:42 PM   #1
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Replacing the Fridge on 72 Tradewind

After many attempts to save the Old Dometic I've ordered a new RM2451 Dometic and am trying to get her installed. The old unit had wood around it and was about 1 1/4 less in width. The new one fits the slot but there is no room to add wood strips to the side without re-engineering the side cabinet. Will also need to add a wood trim piece to the front top and looks like I'll need to add a piece of mahogony flooring as this unit sits back a few inches. Anybody done this process before and sealed the fridge in place with wood, foam. Anybody had to do cabinet retrofits?
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My 71 has the original fridge which if I remember is a RM60. If I understand your description it does not have the 1 1/4" wood around it. Perhaps the one that is in your unit is not the original? I considered replacing with new but what stopped me was neither Dometic or Norcold (or is it nor Norcold?) made the same size unit. To get the original fridge out you have to do a considerable amount of cabinet dissassembly.
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Installing new Dometic RM2451 in 72 Airstream

So I'm trying to squeeze the new fridge into the same space as the old. she's a little wider and about 2' shorter height and about 2' thin front to back.

There's no space for wood in the sides but don't think it needs it. It's setting back 2 inches from the front so I'll need to add a strip of mahogony wood flooring. Anybody replaced a similar fridge and had to do some creative modfications to support it? What about spray in foam on the side panels to help seal the heat out?
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I recommend moving the new fridge as far forward as possible so you can have better access to the back through the outside compartment door. On the original fridge in my 71 it is so tight back there in order to work on the back of the fridge you have to take the trailer half apart to get the fridge out so you can work on it. I put foam blankets on my fridge before I put it back. I have heard road vibrations will cause spray foam to deteriorate into powder.
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Also 12 Volt Electrical feed?

The old 72 fridge didn't have a 12v electrical connection. Any ideas on how to get a feed for this? There's a cig lighter type dc above the counter in overhead, was thinking about splitting off of that? any better ideas?
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This vintage fridge was 110v and gas. 12v is not really necessary as propane is more efficient.. A 12v fridge will drain your battery fast.

The "cigarette lighter" is not. It is only a 12v outlet not meant for heavy draws. Try lighting a cigarette and you will fry something, maybe your whole trailer.
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