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Old 01-20-2014, 09:26 AM   #99
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Does the RM24 work? If so, then I would keep it. Clean out the propane lines. Spiders like to spin webs in propane lines. It has a small freezer, which a replacement would not likely have. I like ice cubes in my drink. Then I would start shopping for another RM24 that works.

The best test of functionality is to set it for AC operation, then plug it in. If it gets cold enough to freeze ice. Then the cooling unit works. Everything else is repairable.

I have two Trillium's with an RM211, and two with that have an RM36, and one that has a RM24. I also have two spare RM211's and two spare RM36's. The reason for two is, I have one to swap out, if one breaks, and one I call a bone yard unit. That is, one I take parts off, if I, or someone else, needs them. I have not yet acquired a spare RM24. Kinda running out of room to store fridges.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:48 AM   #100
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It does work on AC power. I haven't tested for ice making though. The door is missing from the freezer compartment anyway.

Along with that, the door doesn't seal well, the plastic liner is swollen and cracked, the steel cabinet is rusty and has been poorly rattlecanned black etc. I was just thinking it would be better overall to replace it... Expensive, though!

How are Norcold fridges? Any other brands to consider? Any suggestions on where to shop for best deals?
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:50 AM   #101
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Glen, I am sorry, but I only recycle. I can't see myself spending $600, or more on a fridge. I get working old ones for free. If your cooling circuit works, then someone out there will want your fridge. If you lived near me, I would sure want it. Maybe try looking on Craigs list for one that has the parts you need.

In terms of a replacement, at this point, I would lean towards a 12VDC / 120 VAC compressor fridge, with a Danfoss compressor. With solar cells getting so inexpensive, it is possible to install enough solar cells to run your fridge, as well as lights. They are as expensive as the propane fridges though. Norcold and Dometic make good fridges.

Where I shop for stuff is at the wrecker in my neighborhood. Camper vans frequently have fridges. They charge me $25 for a fridge.
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:38 PM   #102
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I don't know of an RV junkyard anywhere in my region, though. I spend a lot of time in auto wrecking yards an never see camper stuff.

To me, the 5-600 is worthwhile for the peace of mind of a new unit. We don't believe in financing things, so when we spend a little chunk on a car or boat or RV we just say "well, guess we had a camper payment this month!".
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:44 PM   #103
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I go to the local Pick n Pull. They usually have 3 or 4 camper vans.
Pick-n-Pull ¬Ľ Home

No help to you though. Sorry.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:57 PM   #104
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Well, I just talked to a guy an hour east of here who parts out campers. He says he has a few from popups that fit the bill size-wise. If I can buy a 2003 model fridge in nice condition for $200, is that worthwhile? He says he won't sell until he test them.
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:58 PM   #105
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I would get him to test it on propane as well as electric, so you don't have to clean out the spider webs. If he provides a tested unit, I would say that $200 is much better then $600. 2003 is practically brand new compared to the fridges I have. Probably no freezer though.

The RM24 is one of the smaller fridges. It may be necessary to increase the size of the hole in the front of your kitchen.
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I know NOTHING about this company personally, but have read good reviews. I guess it depends on how much personal time you want to spend and $$. I know the refrigerator in my Scamp (although old works fine), I would consider what this company has to offer rather than modifing the inside of my trailer to accomodate something else: Rv Refrigeration Repair
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:23 AM   #107
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Well, the used fridge didn't pan out. Both of the ones he had were Norcold units which were RH hinged and too deep for the cabinet.
I'm not opposed to enlarging the cutout in the cabinet face a bit, but the limiting factor is depth. I looked at an RM4223 which matched the H x W dimensions, but was 24 inches deep. Would have stuck out in front an extra 4".

Donna, i'm not opposed to repairing the mechanicals of the fridge, it's just that the box itself is in poor shape as well. In fact, the thing may work as it is. I never got as far as connecting gas to it.
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Old 01-26-2014, 02:57 PM   #108
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Working today on the tongue. I'm going to deck the whole thing with an aluminum "catwalk" from a tractor, supported by this bedrail angle iron. That should give me variable placement options for LP tank/s and battery/ies. Didn't weld it yet because I forgot to bring the aluminum piece home and need to know its thickness to proceed. Top of deck will be flush with top of frame. Click image for larger version

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Old 01-26-2014, 07:51 PM   #109
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Also cut off spare tire mount and added a 2" receiver tubeClick image for larger version

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Here's a rough draft of the catwalk.
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It will get filled a little more forward and trimmed up a bit.
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Are you going to mount propane tanks?
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Yes, one tank to start with, and a battery in front of that.
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