Rfidge Replacement

Discussion in 'Tech/Mech General' started by Steveboy, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. Steveboy

    Steveboy Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Messages:
    91
    Likes Received:
    122
    Location:
    Wherever my wheels stop.
    Fridge doom day has finally arrived, prompted I have to say by Leisureshopdirects very helpful exploded fridge diagrams. Yes I know exactly the spare bits I need but the price .... Arrrrgh!!!
    I can't complain. I'm fulltime in a 10yr old Rapido 972m and the fridge has done excellent service but Electric cleaning spray and gently tapping solenoids with a hammer only works for so long.
    Where do I go around Salisbury to get a replacement Dometic fridge?
     
  2. DavidG58

    DavidG58 Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2013
    Messages:
    6,287
    Likes Received:
    12,139
    Location:
    Bolsover, Derbyshire
    Mines on order from Leisure Shop Direct, due to us tomorrow, best price I could find last week

    List price is very scary, price paid is still bonkers compared to a home fridge, but a holiday with warm beer is no holiday :D (y)


    edit - not going to be in stock in many places, also new ones are pre hinged so order carefully they cant be swapped round
     
  3. dave newell lvs

    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    2,515
    Likes Received:
    3,321
    Location:
    Telford, Shropshire
    Surely the parts to repair your existing fridge are going to be lots cheaper than a full replacement?

    D.
     
  4. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    13,859
    Likes Received:
    14,513
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2014
  5. PP Bear

    PP Bear Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2013
    Messages:
    2,082
    Likes Received:
    6,037
    Location:
    UK
    :Eeek: I feel your pain :(

    I'd take the hit and replace it all. You could repair, but you'll know best and another 10 years of cool beer is a good excuse to spend the pennies :)
     
  6. Steveboy

    Steveboy Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Messages:
    91
    Likes Received:
    122
    Location:
    Wherever my wheels stop.
    Yup. You're right Dave. The decision for me is - 10yr old fridge - repair yes but when & where do you call it a day against one big hit that solves the problem with the bonus of keeping the motorhome saleable. I'll think on it for a few more days. By the way, thanks everyone for input. Really helpful.
     
  7. DavidG58

    DavidG58 Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2013
    Messages:
    6,287
    Likes Received:
    12,139
    Location:
    Bolsover, Derbyshire

    I found these, but they have no AES option, we have got used to that on ours

    Nice thing about the newer models are the locking doors, changing mine as left door unlatched and it literally flew off its hinges

    (y)
     
  8. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    13,859
    Likes Received:
    14,513
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
  9. DavidG58

    DavidG58 Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2013
    Messages:
    6,287
    Likes Received:
    12,139
    Location:
    Bolsover, Derbyshire
    Thanks Andy

    Just re-read your changeover thread, our experience exactly matched your fears

    Already ordered replacement as we go away next week, paid just over £1200 for 8555 with AES, includes delivery

    But best bit is the locking doors, did you swap your décor panels over, or did your replacement come with black doors, they are now grey / silver, not sure how it will look and panels are not identical due to the revised lock
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2014
    • Like Like x 1
  10. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    13,859
    Likes Received:
    14,513
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    It came black David. I drove there to collect it but it would have been better if I'd accepted delivery @£15 as I've since discovered that their courier and packing is first class and fast
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    28,934
    Likes Received:
    25,574
    Location:
    .
    yes they are.. but it's a lot more complex than a domestic compressor fridge which are made by the million in China.. for a huge World market.. cheap and simple to make..

    Once upon a time a domestic fridge was a luxury item that only the rich could afford, my mother never had one until we had left home..

    by comparison Dometic, a Swedish company, have a virtual monopoly and it's a tiny market compared to the domestic one.
    Dometic also own these brands.. so no real competition

    • WAECO
    • Cruisair
    • Condaria
    • Marine Air
    • SeaLand
    • Mobicool
     
  12. Steveboy

    Steveboy Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Messages:
    91
    Likes Received:
    122
    Location:
    Wherever my wheels stop.
    Done it. Bit the bullet & bought new off Magnums at £950. Fitting is gonna be fun!!
    Anyone want / or is there any mileage in a good 6505 fridge which at present is working well but does need some TLC in form of relays & ignitor box?
    I tell you one thing .... the grandchildrens chrissy pressies are going to suffer a little seasonal DEflation this year.
     
  13. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    13,859
    Likes Received:
    14,513
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    Put it on ebay with an honest description and someone will want it.
    I hope you checked on the Dometic website that it is a suitable replacement? dimensions are all important.
     
  14. Steveboy

    Steveboy Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Messages:
    91
    Likes Received:
    122
    Location:
    Wherever my wheels stop.
    Thanks Techno. I'll do the e bay bit. Yes dimensions were checked out & all ok apart from depth which I can cope with by slightly modifying the furniture. However ... I am in no doubt that the dreaded 'unforseen' will at some point cause the usual scratching of head and the: "Why the hell did I do this?" to arise.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    13,859
    Likes Received:
    14,513
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    The Dometic recommend replacement for your 6505 is the 8505 and is 568mm deep front to back.
    The example at magnums if you bought a 8551? is 623mm deep
     
  16. Steveboy

    Steveboy Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Messages:
    91
    Likes Received:
    122
    Location:
    Wherever my wheels stop.
    Yup thats right. 623 is to centre (ie - thickest part) of curved door. As i said, furniture mods will accommodate quite happily without undue restriction to central passageway.
     
  17. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    13,859
    Likes Received:
    14,513
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    I'd love to see the job in pictures (y)
     
  18. Steveboy

    Steveboy Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Messages:
    91
    Likes Received:
    122
    Location:
    Wherever my wheels stop.
    Oh ye of little faith!! When i get job done i'll post piccy's. Wont be for a while. Magnums holding fridge for me as i'm away for next 2 weeks.
     
  19. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    13,859
    Likes Received:
    14,513
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    No I have faith. Just so many members do not post their accomplishments so I'm just geeing you up ;)
     
    • Like Like x 1
  20. dave newell lvs

    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    2,515
    Likes Received:
    3,321
    Location:
    Telford, Shropshire
    I may be interested in your old fridge if the price is right.
    PM me please.
    D.
     
Loading...

Share This Page