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Old 03-19-2008, 03:04 AM   #15
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Chris, feel free to join the frame thread. I appreciate your .02! I need all cents (sense) I can get there. I haven't found an example in the forums of a drive-way shell-off frame replacement...yet. Was your frame-off done in the driveway? So mine may be a first?? It's a big job and one I almost backed out of. I agree about staying prioritized. But during the week, here at the office, it's nice to explore other issues...I can't seem to resist! Especially since the refrig is just sitting there in the driveway.

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Hi Todd, yes I did mine in the driveway. I actually raised the shell above the frame and left it at that. I needed to keep the rain off the frame while I was working on it. Technically it was a shell off but only by about 6 inches or so. It worked for me. I too had frame issues but nothing like what you are dealing with.

I too had the refer discussion with everyone and myself before I even had the floor in. I decided that I had bigger issues to think about and bagged it for about 4 months. In the end I turned it upside down for a while and rebuilt the burner plus put in an electric spark ignition (you can get them as an add on). Now instead of wondering if it will cool I worry about it freezing things. I did a lot of venting work such as, baffles to direct airflow to and through the coils and directly out the roof vent plus two 50 cfm 12v computer fans in the top of the vent.(interestingly they are the same size as the throat of the refer vent) They will drop the inside temp of the refer 10+ deg on really hot days when turned on. My refer is 40+ years old and when it breaks that's it, there are no options for me other than a new unit. All the parts are N/A.

The space behind my refer had a lot of dead air space. That will hurt the cooling effect of these absorption refers. The flow of air wasn't really directed at the coils.

When you get to the stage of putting your kitchen back in, think about what size refer you really want. Do you want a totally separate freezer ? maybe a larger refer ? or is the size that was there big enough for what you need ? Do you plan on taking really long trips, like a month or so, or just short trips. I really would like to have a freezer big enough to put a few things in(other than just an ice cube tray), for example. Just a few things to think about.

PS - Take a look at my pics. There are some there of the frame with the shell suspended above it.
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Old 03-19-2008, 11:13 AM   #16
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Hi Todd, yes I did mine in the driveway. I actually raised the shell above the frame and left it at that. I needed to keep the rain off the frame while I was working on it. Technically it was a shell off but only by about 6 inches or so. It worked for me. I too had frame issues but nothing like what you are dealing with.

I too had the refer discussion with everyone and myself before I even had the floor in. I decided that I had bigger issues to think about and bagged it for about 4 months. In the end I turned it upside down for a while and rebuilt the burner plus put in an electric spark ignition (you can get them as an add on). Now instead of wondering if it will cool I worry about it freezing things. I did a lot of venting work such as, baffles to direct airflow to and through the coils and directly out the roof vent plus two 50 cfm 12v computer fans in the top of the vent.(interestingly they are the same size as the throat of the refer vent) They will drop the inside temp of the refer 10+ deg on really hot days when turned on. My refer is 40+ years old and when it breaks that's it, there are no options for me other than a new unit. All the parts are N/A.

The space behind my refer had a lot of dead air space. That will hurt the cooling effect of these absorption refers. The flow of air wasn't really directed at the coils.

When you get to the stage of putting your kitchen back in, think about what size refer you really want. Do you want a totally separate freezer ? maybe a larger refer ? or is the size that was there big enough for what you need ? Do you plan on taking really long trips, like a month or so, or just short trips. I really would like to have a freezer big enough to put a few things in(other than just an ice cube tray), for example. Just a few things to think about.

PS - Take a look at my pics. There are some there of the frame with the shell suspended above it.
Chris, Thanks. Your photos were helpful to give some idea of what's in store during the shell-off. I didn't notice that you needed to build a wooden frame to support the shell while it was suspended. Given the size of my trailer and the actual removal of the frame I've already begun thinking of how I might support the shell and eventually anchor it while the frame is out.

Thanks also for the tips about air circulation. Good to know for future reference. At present I'm considering whether to toss this frig or save it for repairs later. As mentioned there is a strong ammonia smell and at least the cooling unit will need replacing. So far I haven't found the model number for my unit on the repair facility websites.... Still checking.

If I toss it I'm unsure at this point about exactly where and what dumping regulations might apply?

Todd
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