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Old 09-24-2011, 10:47 AM   #1
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Residential Fridge Installation

We just completed installation of our new residential fridge, a Samsung 18 cu ft unit. It went smoothly and you can see in the picture that it doesn't extend any further into the room than did the Norcold. We have 4 6-volt batteries and a 100W solar panel and expect to be able to run for a day of driving off of the inverter. We rarely boondock so this is adequate for us. This is a model that Samsung has stated will run off of a modified sine wave inverter but it needs to be one that can provide 11.5 amps of starting power.

The storage space increase is awesome; it seems like a lot more than the 50% the numbers say it is. It's really great having ice cream that actually stays frozen!

The work was done by Truline RV of Spokane WA and we are very pleased with their work; we highly recommend them to others.
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Now about that picture you mentioned?
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Residential fridge Samsung 197

It happened! Ammonia leak in Norcold 1200. Waiting 10 days for new cooling unit. Thankfully we had recall done in January. Want to put Samsung in but concerned about height. Has anyone done this in 04 Camelot or similar height coach?
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X3 - and include a photo or description of how the fridge is secured if you can.

I've been looking at the Samsung RF197 for some time now, and I've even done some measuring. I would like to see how the height increase is handled.
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There usually is a cabinet above the old refer that may have to be shortened. Thats what happened in our coach. The added room inside is to die for. I used L brackets in back, bottom and on top to secure it.
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It always helps when you remember to insert the picture:

There were two drawers beneath the Norcold that were removed to provide the necessary height. I believe the unit was clamped from below the false floor; I've asked the folks at Truline how they did it since I hadn't observed that part of the installataion.
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Consider the Whirlpool ED2KHAX 21.8 CF SxS if you can spare 3" in depth.....it is only 3 inches taller and deeper than the 1200 Norcrap and about the same width..and it works!!!!
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X3 - and include a photo or description of how the fridge is secured if you can.

I've been looking at the Samsung RF197 for some time now, and I've even done some measuring. I would like to see how the height increase is handled.
According to the folks at Truline, they install a large angle bracket through the roof vent hole to attach the fridge to the and then use a couple of smaller angle brackets at the front bottom.
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According to the folks at Truline, they install a large angle bracket through the roof vent hole to attach the fridge to the and then use a couple of smaller angle brackets at the front bottom.
Thanks. Never thought of going through the top vent to install a bracket. Don't want that puppy rolling down the aisle.

Your install looks great!

We hate to give up the drawer under our fridge for the taller residential model, but I would love some hard ice cream, and DW wants more space for food. Maybe I can get by just making the drawer underneath a little shallower.
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We hate to give up the drawer under our fridge for the taller residential model, but I would love some hard ice cream, and DW wants more space for food. Maybe I can get by just making the drawer underneath a little shallower.
We have a heater vent under the fridge that most people wouldn't have. It's part of our Aqua-hot system and can't easily be moved. Not having it would give you an extra couple of inches. We also have only 6'7" of height inside; you might have more.

Not only does the ice cream stay hard, there's so much more space for it that we now have 3 open half gallon containers! What a treat.
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