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Old 06-03-2009, 01:13 PM   #57
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Francene, you mentioned you got a 3-way fridge with yours. I'm trying to figure out what would fit well in mine. Would you please tell me the make and model you have, as well as the outside dimensions?

And Heath, would you provide the same information on your fridge?

Thanks!
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:44 PM   #58
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Dana T, my fridge is only the 2 way thst runs on propane or 110 power. it is made by norcold and I will go out and get the dementions for you soon. IO know that mine was replaced many years ago but it dtill works well and I can tell you that it is the same as the original because nothing was cut out to make it fir.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:58 PM   #59
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Heath,

I am also interested in the refrigderator replacement. Could you please provide a model number so that I may research the specs. I am almost at the point of mounting the original refridgerator back in, and will do a final test before I do. If the new model is affordable, I may opt for a new one.
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:22 AM   #60
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My Compact Jr originally had an ice box, so I can only guess at the refrigerator.

Looking at Dometic's current line I see that only the RM2351 and RM2354 look like likely candidates -- they are 29 3/4 high, 20 1/2 wide, and 21 3/8 deep. Most of the rest are 24" deep, and after you add in the 1" clearance required in back and account for the sloping trailer side, a nominal 24" refrigerator would stick out into the aisle too much. They do have another model that isn't so deep, the RM2193, but it is 21" high and 17 3/4 wide -- much smaller than I want.

The Norcold N300/N300.3 at 29 3/4 high, 20 1/2 wide, and 21 3/8 deep looks ideal for these trailers. Another possibility is the Norcold 774 or 874 at 33 1/8 high, 22" wide, and 21 3/4 deep.

Dometic used to make a number of models that would fit well, including the following:
RM4290 and 4292 29 5/8H 20 5/8W 20D
RM36 28 3/4H 20 1/2W 20 5/8D
RM360, 361, 2300, 2301, 2310, 2332, 2333, all of which were 29 3/4H 20 1/2W 21 3/8D

Remember on all of these measurements to add the required 1" clearance in back to calculate how much they intrude into the aisleway.

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Cliff, I found the "refrigerator replacements" guide at the Dometic web site very helpful for getting the measurements of not only current Dometic models, but also for other brands and discontinued models. You can go to http://www.dometic.com/enus/Americas/USA/R...uctdataid=71135 to see the RM 2354, and then click on the orange "replacement models" link in the "Useful Links" menu on the righthand side of the page to download the PDF.
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:35 AM   #61
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When I first looked at Francene's and Heath's photos of their respective trailers, I thought Heath had a deeper fridge than Francene, because his stuck out from the cabinetry much further than Francene's. But now I think that Francene's trailer has a narrower aisleway to make room for the pottyroom closet.

Let's measure and find out!

My aisleway between the sink cabinet and the fridge cabinet is 28 3/4" measuring just inside the rear door from one cabinet frame (not door) to the other. What's your aisle width?
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Old 06-04-2009, 06:33 AM   #62
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One of the subtle differences between the Jr and the II is the allotment of space inside. The kitchen aisle of my Jr is 28" X 42". The dorm frig (110V only) is 16"W x 29"H x 14"D inside and appears to be mounted in the altered space of the original ice box that is 19" deep at the top.

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Old 06-04-2009, 07:12 AM   #63
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Here's a two page refrigerator replacement chart, with model numbers and dimensions. This info is provided by Dometic, so obviously it's for Dometic refrigerators. Hope it helps:
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Old 06-04-2009, 06:47 PM   #64
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HI all, my 73 Compact II has a rectangle table with one center leg. You can slide the tabletop all the way to back wall and turn it sideways as well. To turn into bed, you have to physically pick up the tabletop and lift it off the leg, remove leg from its slot on floor, then place table to fill in opening with its edges overlapping the edges of the side benches. Then you fill in the space with the backrest cushions. Makes a huge bed. WHen out with one dog, I leave table in place and we sleep on the side benches. JUst got back from 8 days away with both dogs and found immediately that I had to make the big bed and it stayed as a bed the entire time. Just made sure I threw on a big sheet for them to rest on and took that off at night for bed.

Actually worked out well - used the space under bed for my shoes and dogs' dishes, groceries, etc.



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Old 06-04-2009, 06:52 PM   #65
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Hi Francene - yes, I'm one of those people enjoying your renovation vicariously. I'm trying to figure out where to put an a/c in my 73 Compact II and whether I can do it or have to wait until I can hire RV place to do it.

Can't remember if you have mentioned a/c or not in your posts - have you? Where will you be putting it?

Also, previous owner must have backed into tree since the frame for the screen part of door is bent and screen starting to pull out. Have you seen one of these for sale any where?

thanks for the help,
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Old 06-05-2009, 12:59 AM   #66
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Hi Dana,
Just saw your note. The fridge is a 3-way Dometic, 2 1/2 cu. ft. I will get you the model # tomorrow a.m.

Till then,
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Old 06-05-2009, 10:25 AM   #67
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Hi Dana,
Just went out and measured fridge. A Plate stuck on back says: Made in England, Product #: 9282571, Unit Type: 257A1,

The faceplate, the part that sticks out in front of the cabinet, is 20 1/8"W x 22"H x 1 5/8"D

The case is: 19 1/8"W x 22"H x 19 1/4" D. TOTAL Depth including face that sticks outside of cabinet: 20 7/8"

It sure looks old, but it runs cold~

Hope this helps!
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Old 06-05-2009, 11:53 PM   #68
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Got a new subfloor in yesterday. Used Liquid Nails Subfloor adhesive at the joints.

I am pretty sure I'll put in Armstrong vinyl sheet flooring, with a 'wood grain pattern'.

For now, I'm finishing up welding a battery box on the front of the trailer, patching some nicks with Bondo, and reconnecting the gas line under the floor.

I'm hoping to have the trailer painted next week at MAACO.

(I've included a photo of the fridge because Dana asked about the model. )

Havin' fun,
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Old 06-06-2009, 09:51 PM   #69
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Francene, that looks great. looks like you are well on you way to using it soon. looks like the frridge is the same , or was the same in the jr and the II. I am lucky to have the original paperwork on my refrigerator and it was a dometic model rm23. looks to be the same dem. as yours.

To answer dana question, the one that is in my comact jr is now a norcold model 322. the cutout specs for it are 20 5/8H- 17 1/2w- 21 1/4. hope that helps Dana.

Francene, you are going to get me in trouble with all this talk of gutting things and startiong over. My wife Candy, says we havwe to use it for one season B-4 the lets me take mine apart. have fun
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Got a new subfloor in yesterday. Used Liquid Nails Subfloor adhesive at the joints.

I am pretty sure I'll put in Armstrong vinyl sheet flooring, with a 'wood grain pattern'.
WOW! That looks GREAT! I wish MY floor ran wall to wall rather than 6" from teh wall (give or take). The drop is such a pain! (Though not enough so for me to gut the rig to replace it...yet!)

On the Armstrong floor - let me just say we have Armstrong vinyl in our kitchen at home. ANYTHING sharp dropped on it will cause a nick, which soon fills with crude, and can tear. Got a sharp piece of gravel you've stepped on? NICK! Drop a knife? NICK! It's nice LOOKING stuff, though.

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