New Dometic Replacement Cooling Units
For many years, RVers and van lifers have longed for the ability to air condition without a battery or outlet. The 12V Dometic RTX2000, a trucking industry park cooler, rv fridge fan has finally arrived, and it’s impressive.
The RTX2000 uses pre-charged refrigerant and self-sealing valve couplings to minimize maintenance, and it is compact enough for most rooftop cutouts. It comes with all the mounting hardware, a power cable kit, roof cutout guide, and an internal trim piece, so the process is fairly simple.
If you are not a DIYer, Vandoit offers professional installation services. They address all the snags, including the different roof cutout dimensions and curvature of Ford Transit vans, which don’t allow for as straightforward sealing against water as other models.
Before installing a new cooling unit, it’s a good idea to run it for a while so the refrigerant is fully mixed. This also allows you to see if there are any leaks or obstructions in the unit.
When removing the old unit, it’s important to note where the screws are that secure the back of the refrigerator. Often these can be seen through the vent door at the side of the refrigerator. If there are any, they will need to be removed and replaced with the ones on the new unit.
Then, apply foam sealant and thermal mastic to the evaporator and install the new unit. Then, transfer the flue baffle and wind baffle from the old unit to the new one. This is critical to ensuring that the LP gas system works properly, and that the unit doesn’t overheat and fail. Lastly, you will need to install the LP gas plug into the flue tube on the front of the unit.