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Old 09-21-2016, 06:20 PM   #1
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Residential refrigerator regrets

Anyone switched to a residential refrigerator and regretted the move. For any reason.

Still deciding after a Norcold fire!

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Old 09-21-2016, 06:39 PM   #2
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Yes! That I did not do it earlier!

I spend close to $1700 to preventatively replace the Norcold 1200 Cooling unit with an Amish one. Added extra pancake cooling fans to the rear. Put in the SS30 Halon Extinguisher, and a dedicated smoke detector too. And, also added fans to the interior and bought but never installed the ARP board.

After upgrading out battery bank, and adding robust solar, I was convinced we'd be OK with a Residential. So, we changed over.. Costs were about the same as I had put into the 1200.

More space, better cooling. And, we sleep better at night.

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Old 09-21-2016, 06:52 PM   #3
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I'm very happy with my samsung residential. It's super efficient and holds a lot more than an rv fridge. The big freezer is great to have. The propane use is very efficient but the electronics do tax the batteries a bit.
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:54 PM   #4
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Two coaches without, third one with. It's sooo much better with. And we dry camp not infrequently.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:00 PM   #5
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absolutely a great addition to any rig . just make sure your battery/inverter system is spunky enough to keep it going say while parked somewhere overnight.

You dont want to wake up to a defrosted refrigerator because your batteries ran out of juice to run the inverter to keep up with the power draw of an electric fridge.
My batteries last about 12 hours while living in my all electric coach. a little more when all 12V it turned off
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:13 PM   #6
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No regrets. Hated my Dometic fridge but mostly because it never worked properly. Find a fridge and a battery/inverter setup you can live with based on your dry camping usage and it will be a good move.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:22 PM   #7
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The swap was the best upgrade I've made
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Old 09-21-2016, 09:04 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by royinflorida View Post
Still deciding after a Norcold fire!
With that, my decision would already be made no matter what everybody else says. I have a friend who also had a fire and was lucky to be around and awake, not to mention he's a fire fighter.
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:42 AM   #10
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We have a new Norcold 1200 on order - should be here this week. Kinda wish this thread would have been started last week. Fridge was not working when we bought the rig and the dealer installed a rebuilt cooling unit, replaced the circuit board and thermistor. Would hardly get down to 50 degrees. We dry camp so much that we are afraid the batteries wouldn't keep up with a residential. Plus, there was a large crack around a lower door hinge, so had to replace. Never heard about the Amish cooling unit. What it that all about?
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We did it and never looked back. Lots of ice and stays COLD!! This Samsung has a lot more room and did I say it stays COLD!
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Old 09-22-2016, 06:24 AM   #13
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Replaced our Norcold last summer. DW was growing very tired of soft ice cream and buying ice. Ice cream is hard now and we have plenty of ice. DW happy. I like the trickle down effect of happiness.
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Our Norcold 1200 always worked great (until it didn't anymore!), but we are very happy with the residential we installed to replace it. We didn't go whole hog either, just a modest 14.6 cu ft GE top freezer model with a mere $550 price tag.

We rarely boondock anymore, have good battery capacity anyway (380 AH), and often travel with the genset running for the a/c, so had little concern about off-grid power. I can see possible reasons for sticking with an absorption fridge, but I think most people with larger rigs are probably better off with residential. Even low end Class A's are coming standard with them now.

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