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Old 11-08-2013, 01:59 PM   #15
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There is another option ......keep the existing fridge but do away with the Norcold problems. Installing an Amish Cooling Unit .... the owner of the company is extremely helpful to talk to. Their website is below. (this eliminates the fire hazard of factory Norcold units ...... it is bulletproof and more efficient than stock ..... it is not as efficient as a residential .... it is more affordable however and requires no alterations to make it fit)

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Old 11-08-2013, 02:04 PM   #16
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There is another option ......keep the existing fridge but do away with the Norcold problems. Installing an Amish Cooling Unit .... the owner of the company is extremely helpful to talk to. Their website is below. (this eliminates the fire hazard of factory Norcold units ...... it is bulletproof and more efficient than stock ..... it is not as efficient as a residential .... it is more affordable however and requires no alterations to make it fit)

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We went through that process with our previous Winnebago but it was a mixed bag. Placement of the refer, air flow around it and use of cooling fans are critical. In my case, the Amish Cooling Unit did better but not enough to rely on in hot weather. I think we had too much dead space and we couldn't get proper air flow over the coils.

If a Norcold was working well before it quit, it is reasonable to believe an Amish unit will work better and remove the fire starting issues. If it wasn't working well then unless the other issues are solved, I don't think it is worth it.

I do agree that David is fantastic at customer support.
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Probably got mentioned [sorry if I missed it] but in addition to the MSW Vs SW inverter issue, you need to consider your overall camping habits. A residential frid will work fine for boon-docking but you probably need a min of 6-six volt bats in your house bank. In any case, you can expect to use more genset time while boon-docking, unless you are using multi-numbers of solar panels.....
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we considered replacing the cooling unit with the amish one.
But this would have been number three for cooling units
and this past summer on our trip we sure wanted ice cream....

plus a bigger freezer for provsions without a deep freeze in the basement
so we tossed it all around and went with what provide most of our answers

funny thing is i have rvs since 1996, never had a fridge issue until this norcold 1200 model?
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Before I made the change to the Samsung unit, I purchased the Amish Cooling unit, it is expensive, well built. It seemed to work well for about 4 months in the spring. Summer heat and it failed.
Be very careful! Have one of their "approved installers" inspect your Norcold and guarantee the fix. I didn't and it cost me over $2,000 for my mistake. Then I bought the Samsung.
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I wonder why Samsung has not come up with a "RV Replacement unit" with all of the RV specific items such as door latches.
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Probably got mentioned [sorry if I missed it] but in addition to the MSW Vs SW inverter issue, you need to consider your overall camping habits. A residential frid will work fine for boon-docking but you probably need a min of 6-six volt bats in your house bank. In any case, you can expect to use more genset time while boon-docking, unless you are using multi-numbers of solar panels.....
.the MSW vs SW concern is not an issue with the Samsung . I am running it on four 6v. Wet cell batts with 480 watts of solar (4 panels) and I rarely run the genset. The frig is a consistent 38 degrees and the freezer is glacier cold. I did not buy any ice all last summer ... Not even for beer! I couldn't be more pleased and the DW is even happier!
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