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Old 07-13-2015, 10:54 AM   #1
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Dometic fridge life expectancy?

Just curious as to how long an RV fridge should last. My Dometic was built in 2010. Also, does LP or shore power have any bearing on life expectancy?


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The one we had in our 94 Bounder lasted 12 years. I don't know if how it's operated has anything to do with it's life expectancy.
Now in our 04 Mountain Aire it's on it's 4 fridge also the Dometic brand. I have the paperwork for all 4 of them but since they were all installed before we purchased the coach I have NO idea what the problem was with them. The work orders do not offer what the problems were. Our coach was 4 years old when we purchased it. So far so good and I hope it stays that way for a while. They're not cheap to replace.

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Just curious as to how long an RV fridge should last. My Dometic was built in 2010. Also, does LP or shore power have any bearing on life expectancy?
I don't know about Dometic refrigerators, but I can tell you that my Norcold RV fridge has served me well for over 19 years, (so far).

BTW, I can also tell you that ALWAYS leveling the coach, (whenever the coach is not moving and the absorption refrigerator is operating on either LP or 120VAC), most certainly does NOT hurt the fridge.

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I'm just at 20 years so far. Still works fine.

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Ours lasted 8 years.
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Old 07-13-2015, 07:19 PM   #8
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The original Dometic RM2852 in our 2000 Seabreeze still works like a champ.
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Original also in a 1999 Safari Trek. As with another poster, We always level the coach, or turn off the reefer.
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The one in my 1994 class B still works fine.

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Newer ones, maybe 10 years. Ours lasted 8 years. Replaced it with the Amish unit from David Force.
But then the door gaskets needed replacing and they no longer made just the gaskets, you needed to replace the whole door!
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With no moving parts, absorption fridges live a long time. With no drains for the sweating internally of the tubing, they will eventually "rust out", and the ammonia smell inside will about knock you over.

They can be rebuilt numerous times, however. I'm fortunate to have a large RV fridge shop within an hour, and they do a big business in repairs.
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Dometic side X side 15 years still works great.
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My last one lasted 23 year, then died all of a sudden.

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