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Old 08-21-2011, 09:24 PM   #1
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Dometic Refrigerator Failure

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My 2006 FDDS rig was delivered with a Dometic NDA1402 Side by Side. Two days ago on a trip to Cuymaca Rancho State Park, my gas alarm went off early in the morning. I woke up and ventilated the coach--the alarm stopped. Later, at breakfast, I opened the refrigerator and was hit with a blast of amonnia gas! The alarm went off again and I realized the refrigerator had failed since the internal temp was up to 54 degrees. The repair place I use has ordered a replacement cooling unit. All should be good by the end of the week.

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Hopefully you are having them install a Amish Cooling unit as it is superior to the Dometic
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:18 PM   #3
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Hi All,

My 2006 FDDS rig was delivered with a Dometic NDA1402 Side by Side. Two days ago on a trip to Cuymaca Rancho State Park, my gas alarm went off early in the morning. I woke up and ventilated the coach--the alarm stopped. Later, at breakfast, I opened the refrigerator and was hit with a blast of amonnia gas! The alarm went off again and I realized the refrigerator had failed since the internal temp was up to 54 degrees. The repair place I use has ordered a replacement cooling unit. All should be good by the end of the week.

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If it's not too late, ask your RV tech if they can install an Amish Built cooling unit in your refrigerator. They are built using a 50% thicker wall tubing and carry a 5 year warranty for leaks. Here is their website RV Cooling Unit Warehouse

I recently installed one in my Norcold 1200 fridge and have been very happy with the results. Here's a short video showing the cooling unit installation and also fans I mounted to improve the cooling ability.

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I concur with the Amish units, they are recommended in the two certified training centers which teach RV Repair. But, depending on costs, etc, Think about replacing the RV type with a residential type unit, first, it will keep the food colder. Second you wont worry about propane leaks, or cooling unit failures, or the main reason, FIRE. If you have an inverter it will provide enough power underway for the unit to run, and if you have 4-6 house batteries, you can still dry camp for a few days, alternating with charging batteries with the genset. The replacement costs are similiar, and you will like the residential one better than the RV one.
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