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Dennis and Joan Dennis and Joan is offline
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Default Dometic Replacement (Another)

This spring my Dometic sprung an ammonia leak. I called Leon at National RV Refrigeration and he said "$1500 to fix"(Remove/install rebuilt cooling unit/reinstall/1 day).
After looking at all of the "Samsung installation" threads I could find, I decided to go residential and not Samsung.
I purchased a GE unit that would fit. GE also has bad reviews online, but not on WOG that I could find. Hopefully I will not be the 1st!!!
I planned to be in the Shipshewanna area this week and called Leon asking how much to remove the Dometic? 2-4 hrs at $50/hr.
Pic 1 - Doors off.in process of disassembly. White temporary fridge in foreground.
pic 2 - Stripped down box coming out the door
pic 3 - Out!

2 hours - $100

Next is the cabinet work. More progress. More pics.
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I am starting work on the cabinet for the new residential GE refrigerator. The pics are what the cabinet looks like after the Dometic was removed and before modification.
pic1 bottom shelf for the Dometic
pic 2 looking up to the roof vent
pic 3 cabinet above Dometic
pic 4 Looking in from outside

There is evidence of a water leak in the roof (past/current) with the staining on the plywood.

Has anybody seen evidence of a roof leak after the Dometic was removed??

I did not think (from a PM) of offering parts (free) of the Dometic (doors, seals, latches, ice maker, drawers, etc) to WOG. If parts are needed/wanted, call Leon. Hopefully he will give them to a WOG member if he has not thrown them away.
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Thanks Dennis,
I just left Leon a message about the items. Hopefully he still has them. I need bottom crisper drawers and latches.

Leon is great to work with and you can't beat the price!
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Allen - please let me know what you find out from Leon.

The demo is complete.

pic 1 - Water damaged plywood above the cabinet over Dometic
pic 2 - cleaned out cabinet
pic 3 - top vent
pic 4 - electric/hydronic heaters
pic 5 - cracked Dometic vent

I was hoping to have the new refrigerator directly on the floor, but I am going to build a platform about 5.5 inches high over the heaters. I will also have to rework the vent pipe for clearance.

Now to get the new refrigerator inside the bus........
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Pic 1 - new refrigerator is in the bus. It is huge!! I see why installing/uninstalling a Samsung (x2) for replacement was a such a big deal. I have measured it 100 times. Tape measure says it fits. Eyeballs say no way!!

Pic 2 - Dry fit of refrigerator base.

Pic 3 - Reduced vent pipe. I would have to really butcher the surrounding plywood to use the 1.5" pipe and needed the extra room so the refrigerator would slide in all the way. I have read the vent is for gasses and air to replace waste in the tanks when dumping. I will monitor the next dump for reduced outflow thanks to see through hose fittings. Any opinions?
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Pic 1 - Refrigerator is in (dry fit)!! A couple of minor mods on the raised platform over the heaters, but it fits nicely. Joan now says she did not think it would fit. ha ha.

Pic 2 - right door on for fit. It needs to go in about one more inch. (minor platform mod)

pic 3 - Door open for fit.
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The project continues. I have been doing raised platform/cabinet work not worthy of post/pics.

I do not like being/working on the roof (opportunity for injury), but given the condition of the dometic roof vent, "checking the attic" I will be doing regularly. AC's/satellite dome/etc

Before final refrigerator installation, I wanted to get the roof vent off to clean the mess that falls in the hole.

pic 1 - cracked Dometic roof vent removed.

pic 2 - vent removed with gasket/goop needing to be scraped off. I will be patching the hole as suggested using existing vent screw holes with galvanized or aluminum.

I am curious, how often do owners get up on the roof??
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Nice installation. What model GE did you use?
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Thank you Bruce, I am getting there!

Pictured GE model # GWE19JSLGFSS awaiting vent hole patch completion.
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Good job. I love mine. Thank goodness my Lx came with a new Samsung. I was on the WOG about a leak behind it (from the very top) during the rally last week. Now that I have it home, I see the vent and a seam near the spot I think its coming in. I have to pull the fridge and cabinet out. The cabinet that was fabbed up to go over the top. Its a nice two door cabinet and looks OE. Turns out its made of scraps and in about 5 parts. When I realized it was a puzzle, I put it back together. The leak was a slow drip over the cook top, coming out behind the microwave. I could see it coming down from the attic with a flashlight and a squint in between the top of the fridge and bottom of the cabinet. I noticed the hinge on the range cover is rusty. This has been going on since I got it or better I guess. Got to see if any mold or rot has taken. I am sure you will do a better job as an owner then the shop did on mine. Mine is probably just dry sealant.
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