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Old 02-06-2013, 12:23 PM   #15
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After much research, we found adventurerv.net to be the cheapest (no tax).
Hopefully, the new fridge gets here next week. We'll be searching for an RV repair service to come out to do the install.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:28 PM   #16
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I'll second that RV Cooling Warehouse!

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If you decide to replace the cooling unit instead of a total fridge replacement, I have been happy with the unit I got from here. It has been in place 2 years. And cools better than any RV fridge I have ever had.

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I'll second that. We got one from there last summer, reasonably fast shipping and great instructions!
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:33 PM   #17
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Price seems hi?

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The replacement cooling unit seems to be $525 + labor.
Not sure how long it takes someone to install this. Is this a do-it-yourself project (I have no experience with electrical) or best left to a pro?

Is it generally recommended to replace the entire fridge (as opposd to just the cooling unit) and what would that cost?
We paid less than $400 (I think) for the one from warehouse cooling last summer (including delivery). I replaced a cooling unit and a fridge. Won't buy a new fridge again. Way over priced and still cheap cooling units. New Warehouse cooling unit is stronger, better built.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:41 PM   #18
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:17 PM   #19
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We ended up buying a new fridge online and then have a "mobile rv repair service" come to our house to install. Total cost a few hundred less than Camping World.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:27 PM   #20
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So where do these things fail? Does the heated tube rust out from exposure to heat?

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Old 04-21-2013, 08:15 AM   #21
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So where do these things fail? Does the heated tube rust out from exposure to heat?

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I had one that appeared to rust at the heated area around the gas flame in my SOB. In my AS, I could find no obvious area of leak.

What bothers me about these things is that they appear to be just coated with primer. Primer attracts and holds moisture. The unit I got from RV cooling unit Warehouse appears to be clear coated over the gray. Will that help with longevity???? We'll see.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:47 AM   #22
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I would expect the paint to burn off where the flame hits it. I also expect that these things last a much shorter time running on propane as opposed to electricity. Why don't they make the tubing out of stainless steel so they won't rust out. They cost enough that they should be made out of stainelss steel. Mine is over 30 yrs old and works fine but I would like to do what I can to extend that life. These things usually run for decades if running on electricity.

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Old 04-21-2013, 09:46 AM   #23
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So where do these things fail? Does the heated tube rust out from exposure to heat?

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The ammonia typically perforates the tubes over time. They can be repaired, by having them cut out and replaced and recharged by a qualified repair center.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:35 PM   #24
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So they fail from the inside out? I have seen alot of rust on the outside of these things. Many things we view as corrosive are not corrosive till they are exposed to air.

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Old 04-22-2013, 01:13 PM   #25
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Read this...it will answer all of these vexing questions
http://www.gasrefrigeration.net/why%20they%20fail.htm
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:29 PM   #26
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Lets make this easy....get a new replacement. All the chasing, shipping, unfamiliar work will not be worth it to you. You need a fridge...get one.
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