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Old 05-01-2015, 06:38 PM   #15
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Bob, I did so searching and came up with this thread, hope it helps, Jim
Give it a try there are some more, I have done it myself but didn't use a Samsung, as I didn't want to take the window out.
Hey Bob, here's another thread, if you scroll down a little, you'll find some pictures of my install and several others.
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I got the Winnie 2014 version of your rv. The 8-9 hour between charging your batteries is pretty accurate. That is, if you are camping with no hook ups. You could go longer or shorter. All depends on how much stuff is in the fridge and weather temps. If you got food in the fridge always leave your inverter on. When driving down the road you can go 24/7 without ever running the genny and your fridge is fine. When you hookup to shore power your inverter will know and go into standby mode. Soon as you unplug the cord or lose power the inverter will turn back on keeping your fridge cold. Your rv also has a generator that can automatically turn on when the batteries get to low and shut off when they get recharged so that you don't have to worry.

Only time you really need to run the genny is when you are camping without hookups or if you want to run the roof ac's while driving.

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Old 05-03-2015, 04:14 PM   #17
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Help? Norcold refrig died. Bought the residential Samsung to replace it and now I can't find the posts from others that have done this. Can you help?
Try the IRV2 search function for "RF197". Should bring up several threads. Good luck - the installation is not that difficult if it is replacing a Norcold 1200 but the Samsung is a few inches higher. I lost a 6 inch cupboard above the Norcold when I installed the Samsung. so
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Old 05-03-2015, 05:31 PM   #18
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There's an alternative to the Samsung as a 2way fridge replacement that would slip through the average RV's door...and one very large RV maker is putting them in many of their motohomes with only a 1800Watt inverter and 4 standard 6VDC cells.

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What's the reasoning of leaving an inverter on all the time? I have mine on while traveling, but once I reach my destination and plug into shore power, I turn it off.
You shouldn't need to do that. Breaker panel for the inverted circuits has an ATS that directly powers them from shore power when available. The inverter then goes into a standby mode. In that mode, if you have a loss of shore power the inverter will kick in automatically.

As to running a refer via the inverter, we do that a lot when we overnight in places like Walmart. We are not very careful with our power use and will run or Samsung 197, a couple TVs, DirecTV Genie receiver, lights and such. With our 4 batteries totaling 440 AH @ 12V we get over 8 hours before we get below 55% state of charge at which time our automatic generator starter kicks in.

When we do that we make sure we put the refer in eco mode and turn off the ice maker. Normally the ice maker is off anyway because you don't want it running and sloshing water going down the road.

When driving we tend to run the generator for the AC needs but the alternator will do a good job charging the house batteries unless it is a very short drive. If we run into that kind of situation we will run the generator for as long as needed to top off the batteries before it gets too late in the evening. Of course, if you need AC at night, you will need the generator anyway.
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You will have no problem going overnight and beyond. If you want to dry camp throw 3 or 4 160 watt solar panels on the roof and you can pretty much go indefinetly without the generator. Of course if you are going to have high load devices like microwave, coffee maker, toaster then you should run the genny when you use these things.

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