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« Reply #30 on: July 27, 2008, 11:02:27 AM »

Luvr,

That RVMOBILE site is really good.  Thanks for that.  I am looking for a new door for my ancient Dometic.  Do you know the guy's name in Quartz?  Have any suggestions?  There are so many different models and sizes that I have to carefully list what I have and the model number.  Thought you or others might know of a boneyard.

Thank you again,

John
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« Reply #31 on: July 27, 2008, 02:23:15 PM »

John,
    I did "rv refrigerator repair" and some came up.  Here's one http://www.rvrefrigeratorrepair.com/.  I suppose one could try to narrow it down geographically.
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« Reply #32 on: July 27, 2008, 08:39:34 PM »

I have a three-way 1979 Dometic that works great. When I first started using it, I was paranoid about poor performance, so I cranked it way down and accidentally froze everything in the fridge. When I have 120 available I switch over, because when camping I paid for the electricity anyways and it’s only a turn of a knob. I am not sure but I think mine uses about a bottle of gas in a week if I use only propane. One thing about these RV gas refrigerators; you absolutely need to keep them reasonably level when parked and operating. If you don’t, it will permanently damage them. The newer ones are not quite as picky as the old ones like I have, but they still need to be leveled. I bought a good used 12v compressor fridge that I thought was a good deal, and was going to swap my units, but I do like the three-way. So I will continue to use it till it quits.
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« Reply #33 on: July 27, 2008, 10:05:51 PM »

I was told with regard to leveling that the frig must be level side to side, and that front to back does not matter so much (or is it the other way around?).  Does that jive with your info?
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« Reply #34 on: July 27, 2008, 11:01:53 PM »

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I was told with regard to leveling that the frig must be level side to side, and that front to back does not matter so much


There surly is more of an absolute authority here than me, but if you look at the plumbing on the back and follow the refrigerant path, it looks logical. Front to back and side to side is in reference to the unit not the RV. I know you know that, but there might be someone else reading that might have a “moment”. Because of the outrageous cost to replace one of these fridges, and the fact that I have an older design, I am very paranoid about not letting mine sit out of level for extended periods of time.

The difference in older designs vs. newer is the time and amount they can tolerate being out of level. There is a lot of info on the net about RV refer death.


A few from a Google search on keeping one level:

http://www.rvdoctor.com/KIOTL.html

http://www.fabuloustravel.com/index.php?option=com_resource&controller=article&category_id=436&article=21702

http://rvtravel.com/blog/lowtech/2007/05/keeping-rv-refrigerator-cool.html

http://www.rv-coach.com/current_category.83/faqs_list.html

http://www.americanrvrentals.com/refrigerator.htm
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« Reply #35 on: July 27, 2008, 11:31:53 PM »

Lin,

Thanks for the info.  Never thought to "simply" Roll Eyes spell out the entire question. Huh

The RVMOBILE site looks to be the west coast version of the site you mentioned.  They seem competitive.

Thanks again for your help,

John
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