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Old 06-18-2015, 04:25 PM   #1
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I have a 1998 National Tradewinds with the original Dometic side by side refrigerator. THe other day I opened it and it was not cold and I smelled amonia. Any suggestions??

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Old 06-18-2015, 05:20 PM   #2
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Look up the back of the fridge, through the vent opening, for any sign of a yellowish powder.
If there is any evidence of that powder, shut things down and start considering a replacement, cooling unit , absorption RV fridge, $$$$, or residential. Depending on the amount of time you spend boon-docking and using propane to operate the fridge, residential even with a dedicated invertor and battery up grade , if necessary, could be the least expensive option.

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Old 06-19-2015, 11:43 AM   #3
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Thanks. Do you know if the Fridge can be removed via the side door as opposed to the front windshield.
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Old 06-19-2015, 11:57 AM   #4
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If your intent is to replace it with a new unit, strip everything off the box until it goes thru the door. I believe that the old fridge will go thru the RV door with the doors removed from the fridge. Your tape measure will tell you.
If you do decide to replace the cooling unit, you can make that swap with the fridge sitting on a couple of plastics crates inside.
The cooling unit swap is easy to complete.
If the existing fridge is in good condition, I would consider all options before investing in a replacement.
RV Cooling Warehouse is a good source for parts.
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:21 PM   #5
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Refrigerator problems

When my frig stopped cooling in our 2005 Tropical LX I considered my options. To replace was big dollars and the windshield had to come out adding to the cost of repair. I looked into rebuilt cooling units but the chance of the rebuilds plugging off is possible. ( short warranty) I then found a Amish dealer in Shipshewana In. Who produces new units for about the same cost as a rebuilt. The units have a better warranty and are guaranteed to be an exact fit. ( this is just the cooling part of the frig ) you must remove the frig from its location and lay it on its face inside the coach to remove the cooling unit. Remove the old and install the new. The new unit comes with instructions. Then return the frig to it recessed area, connect the electric and propane, turn it on and you are in business.My frig is a double door side by side and the cost of the replacement cooling unit was a little less than $1200.00 . A new frig was $3500 plus installation costs by a repairman. The entire repair took me about five hours. The worst part of the repair was handling the removal from the enclosed position due to the weight of the unit. I had help with that part.
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JEFKAR.... if you are not keen on replacing that whole refrig....having the cooling loop replaced is an option. Here is an interesting video of a professional changing a top freezer Dometic unit.

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