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Old 12-02-2018, 01:11 PM   #1
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Removal of Norcold

Help on getting the old fridge out of 2003 Monico Diploma will it go out the door ? Thinking of replace with residential fridge any suggestions?
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Often removal of the drivers side window makes a hole for the old and new unuts to pass through.
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I removed the Norcold doors first. The Norcold is well over 200 lbs, so removing the doors helps reduce the weight also.
Then removed the passenger chair (4 bolts) and laid it over backwards. Then removed the door retainer (2 screws) and tied the door back against the mirror. Also if you have an entry grab bar remove it (4 screws).
It still took two guys to carry it out, but it works.

I ordered a new Samsung RF18 from Home Depot with free delivery. The delivery guys removed the doors on it and brought it inside and set it up right next to the fridge compartment. I gave them a tip and everyone was happy.

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I took the door off complete with jamb. I don't recommend this as I tore some of my the dash leather. Through the right side window seems to be what most people are most successful with. It helps to take all of the plumbing off the back of the refrigerator.
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I took the doors off and removed the plumbing then cut it in half with a sawzall.
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Be very careful if you are comptating cutting into the old Norcold. The gas in the tubes can cause a lot of health problems and make a mess. Best to remove the cooling unit without cutting into it.
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Just removed our 1200 NC. Got it out via the front entrance door. Had a 1/2 inch to spare. Took off the 4 doors then disconnected the entrance door upper arm and tied off to the exterior mirror so it would be full open. Also had to take off the step hand rail. Not a bad job, just take your time. Going with a RR but haven't picked out one yet.
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What model fridge are you trying to remove? I had a Norcold 9182. After removing the doors and the coils from the back, I removed the screen door and was able to get it out the front door without any problem.

What size fridge do you want to replace it with?
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Or you can replace the cooling unit with a 12v DC compressor cooling unit from RC refrigeration. No Affiliation, I just saw it being done on youtube.
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Some coaches are much easier to remove the frig out the door - It depends on the TV cabinet, ceiling height & dash configuration -- I`ve removed 5 RV frigs, & 3 went out the door & 2 out a side window using a fork lift -- One of those out the out the door should have went out a window -- Would have been much easier -- I live in Gilbert AZ , if you want to drive up from Florence, I`ll look at it -- Then when you want to change your frig, you`ll have a better idea on how to go about it -- I`m less than 50 miles away, & no charge -- phone 480-540-7377 --- Bill Willard
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Be very careful if you are comptating cutting into the old Norcold. The gas in the tubes can cause a lot of health problems and make a mess. Best to remove the cooling unit without cutting into it.
I took the cooling unit out first. Most of the weight in the Norcold is in the plumbing.
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I took the doors off and removed the plumbing then cut it in half with a sawzall.
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Be very careful if you are comptating cutting into the old Norcold. The gas in the tubes can cause a lot of health problems and make a mess. Best to remove the cooling unit without cutting into it.
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I took the cooling unit out first. Most of the weight in the Norcold is in the plumbing.
I saw where you had removed your plumbing first, and that is the best safe way to do it. My comment, which was inspired by your comment, was meant to be a general to all comment. Sorry for the confusion.
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I hate to ask this question cause it could influence me into spending a chunk of change. Oh well here goes.....I am the second owner of a 2004 Monaco Camelot. Garaged itís entire life and all the right maintenance. The Norcold works great. All recalls have been taken care of and the original owner put a ARP device on it and it works. Shut the unit off when I forgot it was on and made my decent out of my 15% grade drive way. Soooo, Iím wondering when too old should be the main replacement reason, even though it runs fine. Plus, I do not want a residential fridge. I have read that some have replaced the Norcold compressor and other system parts with a whole different type of system. I forgot the name. Does anyone think Iím playing Russian Roulette by maintaining my Norcold?
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Full time,

I have a 2006 Camelot and the old Norcold 1200 went out the front door. The new Samsung RF 18 also came in through the front door. It was tight, but they both just fit.

As others have said, remove the doors and make the the unit as light as possible because it is surprisingly heavy.

I removed both front seats. I covered the steering wheel and all of the dash with padded moving blankets to protect them. I removed the grab handles on both sides of the entry door. I also removed the passenger side camera so that the entry door could be swung open and tied to the side mirror.

Two of us carried the old fridge out, and four guys carried the new refrigerator in.

I also used a heavy duty drop cloths / tarps to protect the floors and couches. The old unit was very dusty on the back side and all of that dust was brought into the pristine coach, so be prepared to make a mess. Having a shop vac handy is a good idea.

I utilized an modified ATV jack to raise and lower the refrigerator into place which worked perfectly.

The conversion is not hard, but it is time consuming.

Someone on the forum told me to save all of the plastic storage trays, and door trays from the old refrigerator, and Iím sure glad I did.

Hope this helps,

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