Originally Posted by freddo411
came out today. (...)
The seal on the door had to be trashed as it was too badly damaged.
Knowing this, do you guys think this is:
b) good to part out
c) worth refurbing
You simply won't find replacement parts for such old Dometic fridge. Even if it did work, it won't cool down enough if the door seal is not perfectly air tight. Casing insulation of such old fridge is far from today's more efficient insulation material.
Your only option is to look for a replacement fridge. Today's fridge WONT FIT in the opening: they are narrower and deeper than the original Trillium
4500 fridge you have. I suggest you have a look at a previous thread Installing a 21" deep fridge into a 19" space on a Trillium 4500
You have a Dometic 211. Forget about that antique model.
Your only options are Dometic 2193 (gas line on same side) and Norcold 323. The Norcold has an automatic thermostat when working on 110V as opposed to the Dometic, which is the main reason why it is a little more expensive. I had a 2193 in the past. It is OK but it has the same size mismatch problem to solve. Some other members have installed the new fridge protruding 3 inches inside the cabin. No matter what you choose to do, you will have to make changes to match the new fridge in the opening that is too wide and too short for the newer models.
WARNING: Make sure it is sealed all around so that the outside air and gas combustion fumes can't get inside. If front and rear part of the fridge are not sealed from each other and ventilation path on the rear is not properly shaped and clear of obstructions, your fridge installation won't perform properly in summer heat. Have a look at Document center and on manufacturer's web sites for installation schematics.
Some of your fridge parts may help other desperate RV owners to keep their Dometic 211 in working order.
Beware of the fact TOXIC AMMONIA AND explosive HYDROGEN are used as cooling fluid, so you must dispose of such scrap cooling unit trough a recycling facility that can safely dispose of such hazardous material.
By the way, if you have a gas pressure regulator that looks rather old, CHANGE IT. A RV Propane
fridge requires a very accurate pressure to operate properly.