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Old 08-04-2016, 07:13 PM   #1
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I ruined our fridge need advice

It's official, I ruined our dometic rm1350 fridge in our 390bh. I ran it on our hill of a driveway overnight on gas. Just had it checked. Cooling unit is done.

Options as I see it.

A) replace cooling unit. Approx $1200 plus labor. Can be done inside Coach.

B) buy residential fridge. Approx $1100 plus labor. Will need to pull window. (However I do need to replace my front windshield anyhow)

Thank you in advance for your opinion.
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:20 PM   #2
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Is that hill in front of your house going away? Can you level the TT on the hill? Do you do a lot of dry camping? You realize you will also need an inverter and appropriate batteries which will add quite a bit to the $1100 fridge...

I just retread your post and realize you have a MH, so assume you have gen to run residential fridge...
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:23 PM   #3
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I can park it elsewhere at my home when I need to cool the fridge.
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:26 PM   #4
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There is a thread here on a DIY cooling unit replacement.
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I would check it out and see if it something you are willing to tackle.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:24 PM   #5
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Been there. We replaced with residential last year. We love it. Bigger, colder and looks sweet. This is your opportunity to move forward. You won't regret it Click image for larger version

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Tried shaking it? Picking it up and dropping it a couple of times? Turn it upside down and shake it? Believe there are reports of these "fix approaches" sometimes working. As I understand, running out-of-level basically causes a blockage in the coolant loop at the boiler. If you can dislodge the blockage, the fridge will start working again.
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Just received a quote. $2500 for new coil unit installed with tax. Ugh
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Just received a quote. $2500 for new coil unit installed with tax. Ugh
Ouch, I am going to assume that will "push" you into going residential?
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Just received a quote. $2500 for new coil unit installed with tax. Ugh
Do you already have an inverter? I don't think you want to have to run your generator every time you are off grid. The inverter will need to be wired to the fridge only and that inverter will will add $750-$1000 to your cost if you don't already have one installed. Just trying to keep it apples to apples on total cost.
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Tried shaking it? Picking it up and dropping it a couple of times? Turn it upside down and shake it? Believe there are reports of these "fix approaches" sometimes working. As I understand, running out-of-level basically causes a blockage in the coolant loop at the boiler. If you can dislodge the blockage, the fridge will start working again.
The "blockage" is a liquid that does not return to the boiler in an out of level operation. If there is not enough liquid in the boiler to boil, the boiler will crack from the heat and let the coolant leak out.
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