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Old 10-21-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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Dometic RM 66 Refrigerator replacement?

Need to replace the RM66 in a 1973 Airstream International Overlander. The Dometic replacement chart says the RM2510 is an "exact replacement " for the RM66, yet the dimensions are not quite the same. RM66 is under a narrow counter with tambour cabinet above and adjacent pantry with shelves. Are these new dimensions for the 2510 significant enough to likely require complete disassembly of the cabinets to install? I was, of course, hoping to slip the "exact replacement" fridge into the same space without having to take everything apart. Grateful for any advice or insight anyone might have....Thanks.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:17 AM   #2
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Are you certain you cannot repair the refrigerator? I just repaired the refrigerator in my 1970 Safari. As long as the box is in good shape and the ammonia hasn't leaked out you can probably repair it. in my case I needed to replace the electric heater element. the burner was still working, but I also has to reconnect the piezo ignition switch that had fallen off. during my search for the heater I found some spare parts, and some RV fridge repair companies also that could tackle the repair if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself.

I found a good service manual online at bryantrv.com. If you are interested, it’s here: bryantrv.com/docs2/docs/M52.pdf

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Old 10-21-2012, 10:28 AM   #3
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Thanks for your response. My interior is in pretty bad condition as well, and I would just as soon replace it, if possible. but i dont want to create a whole new set of problems and I've been told the repair to the heating element would cost about as much as a new unit.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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I paid $100 for the electric heating element I needed and I thought that was expensive. Most are half that much but I had a hard time finding it and got tired of searching!

Your setup sounds similar to mine and I just finished hauling it apart. What dimensions are different with your proposed replacement? You might need to reconfigure the cabinet somewhat.
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:08 PM   #5
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Speak with these guys - Trailer & RV Refrigeration - Sales and Service Gas RV Refrigerators - one of my friends had his cooling unit exchanged there. They likely will have a rebuilt unit you could exchange for yours (and they provide a warranty as well).
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:25 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice and suggestions. Will check it out and let you know what happens.
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