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Old 07-27-2018, 09:28 PM   #1
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Factory new Dometic RM2454RB Refrigerator / Freezer 3-way - 4 Cu. Ft.

Benefit from my mistake!

Parked my 2017 17B on a steep slope for several hours with the fridge on and cooked the fridge unredeemably.
Bought a new one from RVPartscountry.com and had it fast shipped. Then Reace let me know that my trailer war one of the last 17s made that require completely removing the door AND its frame to get a new fridge inside. Can't return it for a refund says Dometic. So I've had to buy in addition just the cooling system and do the repairs inside the trailer. You can buy a new 3-way fridge/freezer shrink wrapped in original packing cheap! Screen shot of my order is attached.

1. You buy this fridge for $700 plus shipping (and insurance if you want), certified check or PayPal AS IS--NO RETURNS TO ME.
2. There is no faux wood front panel included. You'll either have to take that off your old fridge (Reportedly not difficult) or buy a new one to match your rig's paneling.

My pain, your gain!
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Old 07-27-2018, 10:31 PM   #2
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Years ago I did the same thing with my camper refer...I was told to remove the refer and leave it upside down for several hours to restore coolant balance. Later turned it right side up and it worked fine until I sold the camper 10 years later...will this work on a more modern refer?
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Old 07-27-2018, 11:17 PM   #3
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Yep, heard that too. But there was a little pile of burnt metal below the coils in back, and Reace didn't hold out much hope that that would reliably work. Would've required to pull it --> reinstall after inverting and with unsure outcome .... Here I am!
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Yep, heard that too. But there was a little pile of burnt metal below the coils in back, and Reace didn't hold out much hope that that would reliably work. Would've required to pull it --> reinstall after inverting and with unsure outcome .... Here I am!
And the device we installed on our trailer would have prevented that from happening. When we were up in Franklin NC I was stuck in traffic for 20 minutes or so on a very steep hill. When we arrived at our campsite I checked and it shut our refrigerator down 2 times due to approaching the cutoff temperature of 217C.

I usually check it and so far it has activate 5 times since the trailer was picked up. Each time due to being stationary on a steep angle. Your post makes me feel it was money well spent installing the device.

The larger 6 cubic foot fridge has a thermal fuse that should open before damage to the fridge happens. If I had one of those I probably would still consider adding protection and or at least carry a spare thermal fuse with me. Or know how to bypass the fuse if it opens. The 5 cubic foot has no protection and can be damaged by being stationary in angles over 3 degrees.

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Then Reace let me know that my trailer war one of the last 17s made that require completely removing the door AND its frame to get a new fridge inside.
Jonathan
I wonder if you could do what a guy with a Casita did locally and remove a window to replace the fridge? I was one of the 3 he got to give him a hand moving it out the rear window after he removed it. Probably only needed 2 people to do it but he wanted to make sure it did not damage the trailer when it was done.

We helped him later that summer replacing the air conditioner on top. The ancient Egyptians would have been proud of us we build a 2x4 ramp laying on a piece of plywood with carpet underneath to slide the old one out and the new one up and in.

Hopefully I never need to need them to repay me for either

I did have to buy a new front window due to apparently forgetting to latch the rock cover down. It was a cheaper mistake than yours but was still an ouch to the wallet. Now I always check that too while traveling.
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:54 AM   #6
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Actually, I had been reading a few months ago about the battles with the thermal fuses owners were having with the larger Dometic units and was thinking that still one might be a good thing for me. I store my trailer in my driveway and, other than our houses themselves, there are No level spots for a quarter mile from our neighborhood in any direction. Had a 'brain-fart' that evening and left it on. Ugh.
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Old 07-28-2018, 09:05 AM   #7
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Yep, thought a lot about the window option but no soap. Fridge is too big.

Reace suggested a method of levering the door frame away from the fiberglass itself. I paraphrase: After removing the door and the door frame cladding, I'd have to drill small holes every couple of inches around the aluminum frame facing, tap them with small screws, file off the tip of the screws, then slowly step wise screw the tip-less screws into the holes, thereby backing the aluminum frame off the fiberglass.

And this door fits and works so well right now! I'm afraid I'd just clutz up two problems!

The new 17s' door frames have been changed to pass a fridge.
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