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Old 07-18-2010, 10:47 PM   #21
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Lew,

Thanks for all your help. I will call Dinosaur Electronics in the morning. I think a spare board is in order.

Btw, how long are RV refrigerators supposed to last. I can't get an answer from Airstream. It would appear they can go out almost anytime. If they do, Airstream seems to suggest that it is just as cheap to replace as to fix. Has that been your experience?

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Old 07-19-2010, 06:18 AM   #22
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You won't want to hear this, but anywhere from a FEW WEEKS TO MANY YEARS, LIKE OVER 20!

If your cooling unit goes out, it is a 2-3 hour replacement ant usually 1/2 or less of the new purchase price of a new one. They are a total pain to remove in an Airstream though. Control boards, heating elements and peripheral items are not a big deal.

I have replaced many, many more cooling units for Rv fridges tan total fridge units.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:38 AM   #23
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Thanks.

I guess with the prices charged by Jackson Center, if the cooling unit goes bad it means a new refrigerator. Price for a new replacement of the Dometic Model I have is $2200, so I will do all I can to keep it in good condition, not that I know what I should do.

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Old 07-19-2010, 08:25 AM   #24
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Lew,
Btw, how long are RV refrigerators supposed to last. I can't get an answer from Airstream.
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Our OEM fridge is still operational, at least on 110.. (31 years old) someone messed up the controls bad with a pair of pliers, and we can't switch it to LP, which is why we are changing. As far as how long they last, my guess is, no pat answer, just like any other appliance.

Take for example our washing machine.. internet searches tells me a lot of people with the same model, replaced their washer at "about" 5 years because of bearing failure.(1st generation HE front loader) At 10 years, we replaced... our bearings. If I had paid for the repair, I probably would have replaced the washer, but I did it myself for $15 in parts. But, and the point is, ours "skewed" the numbers, even without me fixing it. So it makes it hard to figure how long any one will last.
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