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Old 08-21-2011, 06:53 AM   #1
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How long did your RV fridge last?

How long did you RV fridge last before it needed to be repaired or replaced?

If you got it repaired, did the repair hold up?

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Old 08-21-2011, 07:10 AM   #2
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I've owned 6 RVs and never had to replace a fridge. The oldest fridge was 10 years. Had to fix a cracked door hinge on one, though, but I did that myself.

Current fridge is almost 8 years old and never had a problem of any sort.

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Old 08-21-2011, 07:19 AM   #3
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They sound like they are pretty reliable then.
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:26 AM   #4
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mine is the original 1997 never had a problem .
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:11 AM   #5
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3 1/2 years.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:37 AM   #6
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First one was 12 years old when we traded MH for a newer one- no problems. Second one was 8 years old when we traded it for a new MH- no problems. Third, and present one, is 7 years old- no problems, except for the Norcold recall, which is working like it is supposed to, I hope.
I'm not sure about the "residential" refrigerators. They are just getting started in RV's in a large volume. Time will tell as to their reliability and longivity.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:37 AM   #7
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When our refrig failed, at 15yrs old, we chose to replace it. That was 7 yrs ago. The original was an obsolete model and the rebuilt coils were rare. Replacement gave us more options to have what we wanted. I did the old removal and new install.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:38 AM   #8
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Ours is a1993 and no problems
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:40 AM   #9
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The original Dometic in our '88 KIT 5er is still going strong - the OEM Norcold in our '88 Winnie gave out at 22 years - replaced the cooling unit, doing fine so far after 2 years.

Dunno why these later units seem to have so high a percentage of early failures - the technology sure hasn't changed any - poorer materials maybe?
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:46 AM   #10
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1992 still works great
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Same here .... 1992 original. No problems, cools fast and extremely well.
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My Allegro is a 1988, probably original fridge, so what's that, 23 years? I keep it on auto, 24/7/365 (altho I've only had it 180 days so far...), and I'm hopeful.
ps the ice cubes are more recent....
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We had a 1979 Silver Streak with a Dometic in it and it lasted 29 years.

Our 1989 Avion is still on the original frig...22 years.

Others have not lasted so long.

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Just under 9 years on our Dometic.

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