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Posted: 09/21/11 08:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had a 2002 Dometic refer which started to fail then leaked all its gas into the RV, a toxic cloud. It met the dump, soon after.

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ok so we just had our new to us 5er out last weekend and fridge never got cold. pulled access panel off and there is a greenish/yellowish residue all over the lower back of fridge! my model is a match for this recal, origianl owner gave me all paper work and i have just started going thre it all and have found the recall notice. i would assume it has not been done, but i do not know that for a fact. can someone give me some suggestions. camper is parked on a permanent lot i can pull fridge and bring it somewhere if you all thinnk i can get fixed due to recall! please advise.
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The recall is simply safety related. If it is out of warranty, repair or replacement is on your dime.


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"...a fatigue crack that may develop in the boiler tube in the area of the weld between the boiler tube and the heater pocket. ..."

Were is that? Can anyone post or link a picture of this area... and whether sealing the area with JB Weld might avoid the issue on the small percent of refers affected?

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ausdoug wrote:

Willis, for all of us wanting to see the mod, thanks for posting. Your pictures will help us ensure our dealer does it the same way.


Not if you use photobucket, they disappear after a while....

Is there any way to attach a photo to your post on rv.net?\

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smkettner wrote:

Model number RM2652
Serial number 521 05122

From recall website:

When I put in 52105122 for S/N it says not affected.
When I put in just 05122 then it says needs repair.

Question... What is the correct input length for the S/N?
There does not seem to be an error check just yes or no.

My trailer was built about 10/2005.

Am I safe or need repair?


That was on page 69, the response was that his refer is not affected -- I have not read to the end of this thread so perhaps the response (based on earlier info?) has been corrected, but it is affected.

Here are the affected models and SNs
http://rvcountryllc.com/dometicrecall.aspx

Here is the dometic site to check
http://67.238.126.140/recall.php

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timsrv wrote:

All this aside, the recall ended early in 2003, so it seems just a little odd you would have a recalled refer in a 2005 trailer. What are your model and serial numbers? Tim


OK here's the answer, the recall was extended to 2006.....

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69800 wrote:

Oh one more thing. What makes anyone think Dometic is going to buy me a new trailer if it burns.......


A good lawyer may think so....

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Yes, the recall was extended after I made that comment. Here's the thread that discusses the extended recall http://www.rv.net/forums/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/21386693.cfm

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ak63 wrote:

WORD OF CAUTION ABOUT THE PREVIOUSLY POSTED TRANSFORMER MODIFICATION

I would not recommend that as a solution, since you are connecting 120V to a low voltage secondary. The insulation on the wiring on the transformer secondary side (6.3v-CT-6.3v) may not be sufficient for 120V. This could create an electrical hazard with all the associated risks: fire, electrocution etc.


My apologies if this has been commented on -- but I don't believe you are correct...
with the xfmr connected in bucking mode you are now dropping 113 volts across the heating element, and only the 6.3 volts across the transformer secondary. Should be no insulation problem.

Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

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