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Old 02-09-2018, 07:05 PM   #1
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My fridge is shot

My 52 year old Dometic is on its last leg. No matter how hard Iíve tried I canít find a direct replacement. Everything that Iíve found is either a severe reduction in size or will require a total remodel. Any thoughts would be really appreciated.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:08 PM   #2
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Are you happy with the appearance etc. of the existing fridge? If so, look to see if you can get a replacement coil for the unit. I did that with my unit and am happy with the result. Check out rv Cooling Unit Warehouse.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:09 PM   #3
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What year and model airstream? Next what are the dimensions of the opening? I've half ignored talk about a new type of non-ammonia refrigerator that is being used in high end mohos. Perhaps going outside the box will help.

Get a cheap dorm fridge and a Yeti cooler in the interim
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I had a similar issue with appearance, so this is what I did:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ss-154321.html
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:42 PM   #5
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Are you happy with the appearance etc. of the existing fridge? If so, look to see if you can get a replacement coil for the unit. I did that with my unit and am happy with the result. Check out rv Cooling Unit Warehouse.
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Actually i really like the appearance and performance of our old unit. It just isnít holding its temp setting well. Goes from warm to freezing everything. I hadnít thought of replacing the coil. Continuing with a 2way is important since we boondock with some regularity.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:45 PM   #6
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What year and model airstream? Next what are the dimensions of the opening? I've half ignored talk about a new type of non-ammonia refrigerator that is being used in high end mohos. Perhaps going outside the box will help.

Get a cheap dorm fridge and a Yeti cooler in the interim
Itís a 66 Overlander. The opening is 41h x 22.5 w x 26 d.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:00 PM   #7
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Itís a 66 Overlander. The opening is 41h x 22.5 w x 26 d.


I replaced the fridge in my 66 Tradewind with an exact replacement from Dometic. It is not an easy job though. I will get the model # tomorrow.

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Old 02-10-2018, 08:06 AM   #8
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I had a similar issue with appearance, so this is what I did:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ss-154321.html
Thanks
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:07 AM   #9
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I replaced the fridge in my 66 Tradewind with an exact replacement from Dometic. It is not an easy job though. I will get the model # tomorrow.

Dan
That information would be great. I have looked on their website but didn't see anything that would fit
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:08 AM   #10
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I had a similar issue with appearance, so this is what I did:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ss-154321.html
Really interesting. Confusing for an accountant (me) but interesting.

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Here's another option for a replacement coil. These are said to the be the actual Amish manufacturers that many have referred to in other threads. I met the owner at the Florida RV show and he seemed genuinely interesting in helping people solve their problems with old refrigerators.

http://jc-refrigeration.com/

The owner indicated he can make replacement coils for units that are not commonly available from other sources. Doesn't hurt to give them a call.

on edit: Looks like you're only 4 hours or so from JC Refrigeration - they're located in Shipshewana, IN. They have courtesy parking and will allow you to install the new coil yourself at their site or they can install it for you.
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:25 AM   #12
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The fact that the fridge freezes is telling me it isnt low on refrigerant. Just a wide swing in temps. I would try replacing the thermostat that controls the temps. Do you have pics of your fridge.
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The fact that the fridge freezes is telling me it isnt low on refrigerant. Just a wide swing in temps. I would try replacing the thermostat that controls the temps. Do you have pics of your fridge.
That's a good point regarding the "controls." This unit is old enough that it probably doesn't have a circuit board but it does have some sort of thermocouple, switch, bi-metallic thermostat or similar features. Pictures, model number, etc. would be helpful and find a good, old-fashioned RV sales/service dealer that takes time to work on older units and may even have parts in stock.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:24 AM   #14
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I think older fridges run on high flame ffor cool then drop back to low flame. You didn't say if it happens on both gas and electric.
Sounds like a control problem to me.
It is possible to have the cooling unit refurbished... you just need to find the right shop. For newer units they usually already have a rebuilt one on hand and then they fix yours for the next guy
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That's a good point regarding the "controls." This unit is old enough that it probably doesn't have a circuit board but it does have some sort of thermocouple, switch, bi-metallic thermostat or similar features. Pictures, model number, etc. would be helpful and find a good, old-fashioned RV sales/service dealer that takes time to work on older units and may even have parts in stock.
Judging by your description it sounds like the 'mechanics' of the unit is fine and I would guess so is the control board. What the board is not getting is reliable info re internal temperatures. So whether it is a separate thermocouple or a thermostat, that is what I would check or replace first, especially since they are comparably cheap and easy to replace. Good luck!
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That information would be great. I have looked on their website but didn't see anything that would fit


Here are the dimensions of the Dometic Refrigerators.

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One of our members who owns a 1968 AS had the company in Shipshewana, Ind. rebuild the original refrigerator in their unit and was very satisfied with the results.
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The original model in the 1966 Overlander was a "M-52".

Great unit, if you find someone that will do a rebuild, please let the world know!!!

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This is the guy that rebuilt my 1985 frigid and it has worked great.
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I had "Wick" of the following to replace my cooling unit of his design using all new tubing, i.e., no repaired parts. I am really pleased and the cost was $675 including removal and installation. When I asked if he had many comebacks, he said none in twenty years. He will receive and ship UPS and I imagine FEDEX.
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