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Old 10-16-2012, 08:54 AM   #71
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When I got the letters from nor cold, I looked up serial number on Fridge and cooling unit. The Fridge matched, but the coking unit was white and had a three digit number scratched on a plate. I saw a bill for around 1300 for this cooling unit done may 2011. Does this mean I have an Amish unit?
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:39 AM   #72
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I'm looking at about $650 for the cooling unit + 3 hrs install versus $1500-$1700 for a whole new unit,
Interesting comparison... Fact: (Nothing to do with fridges) I had a problem with my furnace, turned out to be the main control board, OEM 250, Dinosaur, which is way better built and even better designed if I'm any judge and that's the field (electronics) I'm trained in, Was 108, Shipping & handling included.
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When I got the letters from nor cold, I looked up serial number on Fridge and cooling unit. The Fridge matched, but the coking unit was white and had a three digit number scratched on a plate. I saw a bill for around 1300 for this cooling unit done may 2011. Does this mean I have an Amish unit?

I would find a phone # on this link and call David Force with that company. He might be able to tell if your fridge has the Amish cooling unit and maybe when it was done.
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As far as the recall is concerned on the Norcold, there was also a recall on Dometic for the same thing - when running on propane the tube could fault and cause a fire. Actually, there were more models of Dometic on the list than Norcold. Then again, perhaps this thread is dealing with a different problem than the one I read about.
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When I got the letters from nor cold, I looked up serial number on Fridge and cooling unit. The Fridge matched, but the coking unit was white and had a three digit number scratched on a plate. I saw a bill for around 1300 for this cooling unit done may 2011. Does this mean I have an Amish unit?
Sounds like it. Is there a manufacturer label visible?
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Sounds like it. Is there a manufacturer label visible?
No just this wrap around stick on label. The unit looks identical to the pictures I've seen of the Amish units. There is a distinct difference between the pictures of the factory unit and this unit plus the color white. I suspect I was lucky I bought a unit that the previous and only owner took good care of things.
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No just this wrap around stick on label. The unit looks identical to the pictures I've seen of the Amish units. There is a distinct difference between the pictures of the factory unit and this unit plus the color white. I suspect I was lucky I bought a unit that the previous and only owner took good care of things.
The Amish unit has two sets of coils while a stock refer has only one. If your cooling unit has two coils, you indeed have an Amish unit.

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Norcold Refrigerator in 2005 Dolphin LX

Hi, just getting into RVing-have owned my 37' 2005 Dolphin LX with 3 slides for about 100 days (bought from La Mesa RV in West Palm Beach, Fl), they have had it for 80 of those days trying to make the Norcold 1200 work.They have given up. After reading the posts about fires and other problems, I am ready to put in a residential refrigerator. Has anyone out there put one in a 2005 Dolphin LX. My major concern is that my furnace is located below the refrigerator. Can I lower the furnace closer to the floor to make room for the refrigerator? What model refrigerator will fit in a 2005 Dolphin LX 6376? So far this has not been what we were planning for our summer! Any help would be very much appreciated.
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Go to Lowes and check out the 9-10 cu ft models they have in stock. Take the measurements of your opening. The depth won't matter as the new units fit in the hole. You may not need to lower your furnace. If you plan on doing this yourself allow a couple of days.
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Residential reefers sound like a good idea, but what do you do when you are on the road all day or dry camping, run the genset?
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Go to Lowes and check out the 9-10 cu ft models they have in stock. Take the measurements of your opening. The depth won't matter as the new units fit in the hole. You may not need to lower your furnace. If you plan on doing this yourself allow a couple of days.
That is what i put in mine (I think this is the model i bought in a different color)
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Mine was a dometic NDR 1292, its now sitting between the sheds, waiting for dump day! Replacing it with a whirlpool residential, being delivered Tuesday 09/03/13.

http://www.sears.com/whirlpool-10.7-cu-ft-top-freezer-refrigerator-w/p-04685159000P?prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=G2

This thing (Dometic) never really kept anything froze or cold. The last trip up to northern Illinois was the last straw, temp in the fridge got up to 50 degrees, had to trash everything. Tore that sucker out when I got home, removed the cooling unit, (what a name ha ha), leak in upper left corner as you are looking at it from the rear, never smelt the ammonia, and no yellow on the floor.

After the cooling unit was removed, (Heavy) I could take it out the door, removed the doors from the box, and it was light enough for me to work it out the door by my self also. Only thing I had to do was remove the door stop to allow the door to swing completely open.

Will have to modify the opening for the whirlpool, and run a line from the inverter to the fridge area. (The Microwave next to the fridge operates off the inverter, so will pull a line from there probably). Would rather have the fridge operating from the inverter than the micro.

No you don't have to run the generator to use the fridge. The house batteries on our coach is charged when motoring down the road, and the fridge will be running off the inverter, (2000 watt) normally runs the two TV's, front and rear, and the Microwave. That's the way mine is wired. So I will be moving the plug for the fridge to the micro wave area, it will then only work when generator/shore power is available. The microwave plug will be moved to the fridge area, allowing the fridge to operate on Generator/shore power and inverter. My Microwave is located in a bin next to the fridge area, so moving the plug and wiring will be a snap. The two house batteries will run the fridge by itself for several hours if needed without the generator or shore power. If I need to, I have space for two more house batteries to give additional head room. But we don't dry camp and usually when we stop, the generator is on to keep the coach warm or cold for our four legged friends


Bonnie will also get a pull out pantry next to the fridge as the whirlpool is a 10.7 CUFT, don't have room for the double door Samsung 197 that other folks have used. Our Expedition has the electrical boxes below the fridge area and it would be a nightmare to try and relocate all that wiring.
Will sell some parts of the old dometic on e-bay, the controller board, thermistor, shelves and such.
Well that's where we are now.
Love our coach, hated the dometic never cold!!!
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If my Norcold broke today, I would have it fixed. Residential refers are great, if you don't dry camp, but the flexibility the Norcold delivers is hard to beat.

That being said, if I bought a used unit with a Norcold, and it didn't have a Amish cooling unit, I would replace the cooling unit first thing. The cooling unit that was provided with them all these years, and the "fix", is nothing short of criminal.
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No just this wrap around stick on label. The unit looks identical to the pictures I've seen of the Amish units. There is a distinct difference between the pictures of the factory unit and this unit plus the color white. I suspect I was lucky I bought a unit that the previous and only owner took good care of things.
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If your cooling unit looks like the attached, it's an Amish unit. They are painted white and have two distinctive sets of absorber coils just above the control unit. I just finished the conversion on my 1201 Norcold and am testing the unit today seeing how long it takes to cool down to operating temp. I had the factory recall sensor/shutoff installed twice and it failed twice. Both failures occurred the day before we were leaving for a long trip and I had to bypass the shutoff and take a chance. Norcold won't just send you a replacement sensor, it has to be taken to a service shop and takes two weeks to get the part. I wasn't going to take any more chances, so I replaced the cooling unit.
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