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Old 09-23-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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I smell ammonia

It happened quickly between the campsite and the dumpsite strong strong ammonia smell inside the trailer only faintly in the refrigerator compartment. I turned off the propane and I turned off the refrigerator what is my next step?
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:30 PM   #2
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I go to an RV repair place because you most likely need a new refrigerator. They're not really practical to repair once the spring a leak.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:45 PM   #3
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We are northbound on I 26 toward Asheville. Anybody have any experience with camper world in Asheville?
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:24 PM   #4
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We had the same problem a couple of years ago. We had one drop shipped from pplmotorhomes.com and had it installed by a local mobile repair guy. Saved a good bit of money doing it that way.

Having been through it and knowing the hassle, I did a quick google for you. I have no idea if this guy is good, but it is the first one I'd call in that area (I'm over 1000 miles away). Try http://www.rvtrailerandmotorhomerepair.com, phone is (828) 380-0887.

Again, I don't know him, but it looked reasonable on a quick google search.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:36 PM   #5
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Thanks for the quick responses. I'm booked to have a replacement. On Wednesday with an overnight stay to make sure it's working okay ....my wallet is a lot lighter now. Thanks again for the advice And sympathy....Al
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:40 PM   #6
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Hello twobikes:

Yes, the refrigeration unit has sprung a leak on you. The ammonia smell is so bad it will drive everyone out of the trailer. Some folks claim to have fixed leaks, but when it happened to me, I researched it on line and felt I had only two options. First, I could purchase a new refrigeration unit and install it myself or I could purchase a new refrigerator. I opted for the new refrigerator because the latch on the old one was broken plus a couple of the shelves as well. It wasn't too much work hooking up the new one. Getting it through the door was difficult. I didn't have any help. That could be taken as a blessing depending on how you look at it.

If your happy with your present refrigerator, I'd seriously consider getting a new cooling unit and installing that.

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Old 09-30-2013, 07:07 PM   #7
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Well my fridge is dying. Smell gone but now gurgling. I priced the units and the Norcold brand is cheaper 641N versus the Dometic 3762RB. Any concerns or advice?
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:05 PM   #8
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Heck, your refer is only what, 7 years old? Put in a new cooling unit! They are around half the price of a new refer, and they replace the exact part that died.

Here's a link to where I bought a new heating element for my refer. He really promotes the idea of using one or more fans to improve refer performance and extend their life.

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ps: I am only a customer, and have no interest in them at all
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A friend had his cooling unit replaced at Trailer & RV Refrigeration - Sales and Service Gas RV Refrigerators
They rebuild the units themselves and will ship the cooling unit to you or to a shop you designate or you can arrange to bring your unit there and they will do the replacement. BTW, Tucson at this time of year is a nice place to visit.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:33 AM   #10
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Look on Youtube for videos on how to install an RV cooling unit.

Of course, it all depends on how apt you are with tools, but I don't think that it is a difficult job.

Watch the video, make your own decision.
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