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Caveman Charlie

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Posted: 06/26/22 07:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

[emoticon] [emoticon] My Norcold model 6053 fridge has all the symptoms of a plugged up pipe. I've tried to keep it level over the years but, I'm not the original owner of this Travel Trailer and,, it's 29 years old. I guess nothing last forever. It still sucks. I go dry camping sometimes and I have no wish to convert over to an all electric fridge.

I've been looking around the internet for a replacement cooling unit and I think I've found a good place called "RV Cooling Unit Warehouse". Does anyone have any reviews on this place or recommendations of other places where I can get a new cooling unit?

Has anyone done this job before and do you have any advice?

I'm not looking forward to the job and wish I could just buy a rebuilt fridge but, it doesn't seem like anyone does that. I just have to rebuild it myself. I've found a couple of You Tube videos on it but, none for exactly this fridge.

Does anyone have a good tutorial I can use to help me though this?

Thank you for any responses you can give.


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Hi,

In your shoes, I'd go to a 12 volt fridge.


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Caveman Charlie wrote:

My Norcold model 6053 fridge has all the symptoms of a plugged up pipe. I've tried to keep it level over the years but, I'm not the original owner of this Travel Trailer and,, it's 29 years old. I guess nothing last forever. It still sucks. I go dry camping sometimes and I have no wish to convert over to an all electric fridge.

I've been looking around the internet for a replacement cooling unit and I think I've found a good place called "RV Cooling Unit Warehouse".

I have a 21-year-old original Dometic fridge and I would probably go with www.rvcoolingunit.com guys.

Cooling units are much cheaper to replace that entire fridges.

Suggest you talk with someone at the cooling unit warehouse for replacement advice.


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TechWriter wrote:

Caveman Charlie wrote:

My Norcold model 6053 fridge has all the symptoms of a plugged up pipe. I've tried to keep it level over the years but, I'm not the original owner of this Travel Trailer and,, it's 29 years old. I guess nothing last forever. It still sucks. I go dry camping sometimes and I have no wish to convert over to an all electric fridge.

I've been looking around the internet for a replacement cooling unit and I think I've found a good place called "RV Cooling Unit Warehouse".

I have a 21-year-old original Dometic fridge and I would probably go with www.rvcoolingunit.com guys.

Cooling units are much cheaper to replace that entire fridges.

Suggest you talk with someone at the cooling unit warehouse for replacement advice.


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Two years ago my Norcold frg of 13 years decided it had served the RV well but needed a rest.

I was not in favor of replacing with a home style frig as my carpentry ability was not good enough to make the finial result look like it belonged there.

Replacing with a new Norcold would require removal of the windshield and that was a NO go.

I looked into replacing the cooling unit and found the JC Refrigeration had just what I wanted. Their customer service is way above average. The instalation went very well. My wife and I were able to do the job over a couple days. We could have done in in hours but we were in no hurry.

I made a dolly the same height as the bottom of the frig., sled the frig onto the dolly and was able to do all work in the camper.

I would ckeck out JC Refrigeration before making a decission.

https://jc-refrigeration.com/


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The only place I trust to work on RV fridges is National Refrigeration. Website is https://fixyourfridge.com/

They replaced my 4-door Norcold with a brand new Norcold including the swap for $2100.They are Amish and Glenn Miller is the owner. I believe they sell parts as well, but you're not that far from northern Indiana, where he is located.

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Thank you all for your responses

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Charlie this may be a long shot, but let me explain how I resurrected my fridge when it died. I tried everything to make it work, but no sale on that deal. It lit, the burner, 12V was fine etc but no cooling.

I was FT for 2 Alberta winters and it was really cold out. The fridge died exhibiting the symptoms you describe.
I bought a small bar fridge to hold me over until I could replace / repair my unit in the spring.

I removed the fridge from the TT and took it outside to the parking lot of where I was set up. I then "took it for a walk"

From the upright position, I laid it over on its side, waited I think about 30 seconds, may have been longer, a minute or 2, don't recall for sure. Then I turned it upside down and let it sit a for the same amount of time. Then on its side again, then back upright and so on, waiting in between flipping it. I repeated this process about 20 times or so (20 complete cycles from upright to upright), finishing with it in the upright position. I gave it about 15 minutes, then reinstalled it. I then waited for quite a number of hours, it may have been overnight, again, don't recall for sure.

After the wait was over, I turned it back on and voila!! Success!!
The fridge not only resumed operation, but worked 100% like a champ for the next few years until I sold it! It was I believe the spring of 2015 when I did that, and I sold the unit last fall, the fridge still working perfectly.

I figure a chunk of something internal came loose and blocked a pipe, and "taking it for a walk" dislodged it.

It's worth a try before you spend a gob of money and a bunch of effort on a new cooling unit or replacement fridge. What have you got to lose?

Mine was a 1997 model Dometic.

**On edit, I think it was maybe only about 10 times that I rolled it over, not 20. and I think I left it for at least a couple minutes in each position. Seems to me it took about an hour once the fridge was out. It has been a while, I forget exactly**

* This post was edited 06/27/22 05:00pm by BobsYourUncle *


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BobsYourUncle wrote:

Charlie this may be a long shot, but let me explain how I resurrected my fridge when it died. I tried everything to make it work, but no sale on that deal. It lit, the burner, 12V was fine etc but no cooling.

I was FT for 2 Alberta winters and it was really cold out. The fridge died exhibiting the symptoms you describe.
I bought a small bar fridge to hold me over until I could replace / repair my unit in the spring.

I removed the fridge from the TT and took it outside to the parking lot of where I was set up. I then "took it for a walk"

From the upright position, I laid it over on its side, waited I think about 30 seconds, may have been longer, a minute or 2, don't recall for sure. Then I turned it upside down and let it sit a for the same amount of time. Then on its side again, then back upright and so on, waiting in between flipping it. I repeated this process about 20 times or so (20 complete cycles from upright to upright), finishing with it in the upright position. I gave it about 15 minutes, then reinstalled it. I then waited for quite a number of hours, it may have been overnight, again, don't recall for sure.

After the wait was over, I turned it back on and voila!! Success!!
The fridge not only resumed operation, but worked 100% like a champ for the next few years until I sold it! It was I believe the spring of 2015 when I did that, and I sold the unit last fall, the fridge still working perfectly.

I figure a chunk of something internal came loose and blocked a pipe, and "taking it for a walk" dislodged it.

It's worth a try before you spend a gob of money and a bunch of effort on a new cooling unit or replacement fridge. What have you got to lose?

Mine was a 1997 model Dometic.

**On edit, I think it was maybe only about 10 times that I rolled it over, not 20. and I think I left it for at least a couple minutes in each position. Seems to me it took about an hour once the fridge was out. It has been a while, I forget exactly**


I've heard of that before. I've also heard that if you flip it upside down and let it set for awhile that will sometimes loosen stuff up too. But, I've also heard that this is a short time fix. If it wasn't so hard to remove it then I would be willing to try it. But, I think I'll just bite the bullet and rebuild it while I can still get the parts. Before you know it they won't be making them anymore. If I sell the camper I will remove the fridge and keep it. The Da**ed thing just works so well!!!! My brother has a 2 year old 5th wheel and his dometic fridge with the adjustable thermister on the coils works poorly and doesn't cool well. I think I will fix this one and keep it. Thanks for the post though !!!

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Up to you of course!

Gotta take the fridge out anyways to fix it, wouldn't take long to try it.
It's actually not that bad to remove. I had mine out on the floor in about half an hour.

Short term fix? Like anything, it's a tumble of the dice.
6 years later mine was still going strong, and I know the guy I sold it to. Last time I talked to him it was still working.

Good luck on your repair, hope it doesn't cost too much. [emoticon]

Let us know the outcome.

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