Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-03-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
rodsterinfl's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari
Fort Myers , Florida
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 2,429
Images: 8
Replacing the Refrigerator

Greetings

I am in the process of replacing my refrigerator. I had a Dometic 2662 that was caught up in that recall, had a cracked something or other. When I bought the AS it had an ammonia smell in the cabinet above the fridge. It still cooled but there was a gurgling sound. The rear access view was one of gold drips on the piping. So, with the Dometic sale with portable ice maker , I decided to jump and buy a 3762 model. This is where the story begins.

The decision was made to save the $230 and install it myself. I got the old unit out with a great deal of thrashing about like a crazy man after removing the gas line, electrical wires, AC plug and six screws. The caulk in the front was stubborn. The next step involved cleaning the area up for installation. Further inspection found that the small wood box frame installed above the refrigerator had seen some water as the wood was delaminated and somewhat wavy. I took that out and inspected the rest of the vent and the top of the box (arched). At some point, the water stains on this box indicate that water was coming in from the vent.

Is it possible for rain water to blow into the fridge vent? I believe that is what happened. I see no stains on side walls- just on the arched piece toward the rear.

I decided to just put it back. Thoughts? I will head to the roof to seal around the roof vent as a precaution. We camped during that tropical storm a year or so ago and it rained and blew like crazy.

The process of installation is not too bad so far. I will caulk and finish hopefully tomorrow. If I can do this, then just about anyone can.
__________________

__________________
rodsterinfl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2013, 08:00 PM   #2
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
Would you describe what it is you are caulking? I haven't come across anything like that in oter descriptions of replacing refers.
__________________

__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2013, 08:09 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
rodsterinfl's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari
Fort Myers , Florida
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 2,429
Images: 8
Quote:
Would you describe what it is you are caulking?
Sure. I purchased some latex non silicone caulk to seal the bottom of the fridge as it was done originally. They ran a half inch or so of caulk about a 1/4" thick along the bottom of the cabinet where the fridge sits. My wood box above the fridge had caulk along both sides as well. I will caulk there too. The fridge cabinet seems to be made of some kind of thin wood between the walls and inner shell. All the sides are caulked together along the edges. I will just reattach the top box and caulk it in place and then seal the bottom side of the fridge. My biggest concern was that wooden box above the fridge.
__________________
rodsterinfl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2013, 08:52 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
HowieE's Avatar
 
1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,812
Images: 12
it is unlikely that water Blew in through the vent unless you are talking hurricane winds.

Something you might check is the vent over the shower. The cap was cracked on mine and the drain hole in the parapet below the cap blocked causing water to backed up and over flowed into the ceiling. Water to travel past the frig alomg a rib to the bulkhead just forward of it.

The only way I discovered it was I drilled a hole in the wall for some wiring and the drill bit came out wet.
__________________
WBCCI 12156 AIR 3144 WACHUNG TAC NJ6
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2013, 09:26 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
rodsterinfl's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari
Fort Myers , Florida
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 2,429
Images: 8
When I get on the roof I will look over that area. I recently re-sealed the tank vent. I will check the fridge vent and the bathroom fan vent too. From the water stain. It appears to be coming from a center area on the wood panel, not the side or edge. There was also a large chunk of insulation at the top of the vent sticking out from between the shells right at the screen. Some of it was dark in color.

I do not know if the camping week we had last summer was a cause but It certainly was very windy. The storm had 40-50 mph winds regularly. We even drove through torrential rains with high wind. I am not sure how long it takes that thin wood to deform somewhat but it is obvious there was at least a little water at some point. Everything else in there looks clean and dry.
__________________
rodsterinfl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 07:50 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
rodsterinfl's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari
Fort Myers , Florida
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 2,429
Images: 8
Update: I put a spar varnish coat on that box above the fridge. It should strengthen it some and add some water resistance. The installation of the new fridge is done, however; there are differences between the 2662 unit no longer available (my old fridge) and the new 3762 replacement model. First, the handles on the new unit are recessed on the side. This creates a promblem in my cabinetry as Airstream has trim that sticks out about 1.5" or so around the fridge. Secondly, the DC wiring on the old fridge had two wires, + and -. This one has an additional DC+ cutoff circuit so that when you cut power (alternator off when towing) the gas is switched off for 15 minutes while fueling. I do not have a wire for that. I only see the yellow wire in the back and I believe that is for the solar prewire correct?

The unit does fit and I will post some pics but as to what tools to use to shave off that trim curved edging in the AS - not sure. I do not know if it is wood or not either. Any ideas would be appreciated. It is in yes, but a few details remain.
__________________
rodsterinfl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 07:26 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
rodsterinfl's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari
Fort Myers , Florida
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 2,429
Images: 8
How many hours does it take to install an RV fridge?

I hope one of you "trim cutter people" can help I am needing some advice to finish this install. The side mounted door handles won't work with that trim in the way. What is the easiest neat way to cut trim? Is it wood? It looks like an arched (one side with flat other side) wood trim. Here is a pic, also one of the caulk work done as per the one from the factory. The original had my trailer serial on tape stuck to the side. I do not have the front trim pieces installed yet
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	trimrefridge.JPG
Views:	100
Size:	51.8 KB
ID:	197214   Click image for larger version

Name:	newfridge.JPG
Views:	98
Size:	88.6 KB
ID:	197216  

Click image for larger version

Name:	refcaulk.JPG
Views:	100
Size:	64.2 KB
ID:	197217  
__________________
rodsterinfl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2013, 09:03 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
rodsterinfl's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari
Fort Myers , Florida
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 2,429
Images: 8
Ok, I ended up using one of those new multi-max tools with a flush cut blade and a sander attachment to take the trim down on the left for the handles.
__________________
rodsterinfl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2013, 09:15 PM   #9
4 Rivet Member
 
Jim Lee's Avatar
 
1978 31' Sovereign
Springfield , Missouri
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 318
Images: 125
router
__________________
Jim Lee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2013, 09:23 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
rodsterinfl's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari
Fort Myers , Florida
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 2,429
Images: 8
Quote:
router
No, not that wood crafty. I was not sure what to do as it required a 90 degree cut. Perhaps if I knew more about a router it would have worked too. "Router" is a network device to me! I have a LOT to learn.
__________________
rodsterinfl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2013, 09:47 PM   #11
Site Team
 
reinergirl's Avatar

 
1963 26' Overlander
Hollis , New Hampshire
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 2,639
Images: 15
Those multimax tools are hard to control if you want a precision cut. If its solid wood I'd be tempted to drill two holes to round the corners of the relief and connect the dots with a fine blade on a jigsaw. Sand well and restain.

A router would be excellent, perhaps a friend? Or drop by a wood working shop?
__________________
Shelly : TAC NH-6 | AIR 41359
Visit my blog!
Parts needed : Braund Antenna front tube fold down model!
reinergirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2013, 07:32 PM   #12
Rivet Master
 
rodsterinfl's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari
Fort Myers , Florida
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 2,429
Images: 8
Thanks Kim Lee and reinergirl. I used the flat part of the space between the fridge and the trim to lean the blade against and cut through the trim with that multi-tool thing. It actually came out pretty well. They sure are an odd tool- just stick it into something and it cuts right thru. I kept wanting to saw with it. I know I probably sound like I am in desperate need of woodshop 101.
__________________
rodsterinfl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2014, 04:04 PM   #13
New Member
 
1975 31' Excella 500
Powell , Tennessee
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 4
Am wanting to remove a Dometic Refrigerator from a 1975 Airstream Excella. I cannot seem to find bolts or screws in accessible place or
under potentially removable panels or trim. Please if possible give me an
idea of how this unit is fastened to the trailer . Where are screws located? Possibly, some directions for removal and order of operation. Thanks Norm Spector
__________________
N. Spector is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2014, 04:29 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
adonh's Avatar

 
1976 31' Sovereign
Missouri City , Texas
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,233
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by N. Spector View Post
Am wanting to remove a Dometic Refrigerator from a 1975 Airstream Excella. I cannot seem to find bolts or screws in accessible place or
under potentially removable panels or trim. Please if possible give me an
idea of how this unit is fastened to the trailer . Where are screws located? Possibly, some directions for removal and order of operation. Thanks Norm Spector

Maybe this will help, I removed the fridge from my 1976 31' Sovereign so yours should be about the same. Here are some pictures in a pdg file that covers the removal.

remove frig.pdf

Lots of screws and straps holding it in place.
__________________

__________________
Don Hardman
1976 31' Sovereign
adonh is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.