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Old 11-04-2012, 08:33 AM   #29
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Here's another RV refrigerator rebuilder: RVCOOL.COM - Supplier of rebuilt cooling units for Norcold and Dometic RV Refrigerators.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:40 AM   #30
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I found this quote from Donna's link above of interest:

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The most common question I am asked by people that visit my website is "how difficult is it to change the cooling unit in my rv refrigerator" and "is this something I can do myself." Well, changing the cooling unit isn't as difficult as it might appear. There are no special tools required, no welding or solder connections to make, the cooling units simply bolt to the back of the refrigerator. Most people with average mechanical ability and a basic set of hand tools can change the cooling unit in there refrigerator in a few hours.
If you don't want to tackle the cooling unit swap, you may well find someone else that can take on the job outside of a specific RV refrigerator shop.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:04 AM   #31
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I've been looking for replacements on line. There seems to be nothing with matching configurations.

The current broken one is a dometic 211
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I think you should look for a used replacement RM211. I currently have two spares. One is a hot swappable running unit, the other is my bone yard unit. I got them both for free. I sold another one recently to a member of this site for $100. Much less then the repair cost would be.
You see, tent trailers used the RM211 quite often. They are approaching the end of their life much quicker then the fibreglass trailers that we use. I see RM211's in kijiji very often. I would keep your broken unit for parts.
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:06 PM   #32
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If you don't want to tackle the cooling unit swap, you may well find someone else that can take on the job outside of a specific RV refrigerator shop.
That's an interesting angle...I wonder if, for example, a radiator repair shop could/would do it????

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Old 11-04-2012, 12:20 PM   #33
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That's an interesting angle...I wonder if, for example, a radiator repair shop could/would do it????

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Yea, I was thinking of a small repair shop, like an appliance repair shop. Anyone with tools and a basic knowledge of gas appliances.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:00 PM   #34
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To add to Daves suggestion: Slide in truck campers, pop-up tent trailers and many class"B" motorhomes also used the 211 refrigerator. I bought one out of a water damaged truck camper for $40 and it works perfect.

Search Craigs List for "RV Parts" in the body of the ad, you will be surprised at what you find.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:27 PM   #35
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Okay - once again exposing my limitations. I opened that back flap to start figuring out how to pull the unit and spotted RM360.

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It is right there on the front panel too. I don't know why i thought it was a 211. There are both two way and three way replacement models that even match the one in place.

The up side is that I now know lots about the 211 replacement - and hope I never have to fix one. The down side is that I used up a lot of you wonderful people's time. Thank you all. I think I'm replacing it with a new 2 way. The cost looks about even with the repair bill.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:54 PM   #36
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No worries Sue we all learned a few things through your post or at least I did. I now know that nothing has changed in 20 years in regards to DC power consumption on a 3 way. Who know! So no need to keep dreaming about getting a new one.
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No worries Sue we all learned a few things through your post or at least I did. I now know that nothing has changed in 20 years in regards to DC power consumption on a 3 way. Who know! So no need to keep dreaming about getting a new one.
Thank you Carol. you are too kind. I did learn tons though and with all the suggestions on places to visit on-line, I think I can install it. Some sites did offer great video instructions.
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Ummm....It looks like they are available in the used market too.

RV FRIGERATOR FOR SALE - Alberta Parts, Accessories For Sale - Kijiji Alberta Canada.

More then I would pay, but still less then any other option.
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Ummm....It looks like they are available in the used market too.

RV FRIGERATOR FOR SALE - Alberta Parts, Accessories For Sale - Kijiji Alberta Canada.

More then I would pay, but still less then any other option.
Looks like mine - that aluminum frame matches the cabinetry and I like the price a lot. The leak really did give me a scare though. That ammonia was so concentrated! I think I'll invest in new, even though I don't like the look as well.
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It really was strange that your fridge leaked on the inside. Like I said, they usually leak at the heater section. For obvious reasons, heat, water, rust. You can see that the rust in that area is much worse then other places.
When they leak on the back, the ammonia vents to the outside.
As far a price goes, I have shopped around, $100 is a reasonable price, free is not uncommon. A new one will be more.
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The new one will be $682.83 with unit and tax. I found a new one close so no shipping. And that is not installed. Installation is an additional $225. That takes me to $907.83. Ouch.
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The installation is super-simple, especially if there's no 12volt connection.

I really encourage you to think about installing it yourself. Gas compression fittings are very easy to work with, and the 110v "connection" is probably just an ordinary plug.

I also recommend that the whole gas system be pressure tested once you're done- that shouldn't cost more than $20.00 or so.
(Note: I have this done once a year anyway as ordinary maintenance and so don't consider it to be an extra expense)

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