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Old 04-03-2014, 08:48 AM   #1
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Which Refer?

It's storming and I'm stuck inside again so I'm planning my custom MH (hahaha!) Actually, we're considering ordering one since the size we want seems to be scarce (both used & new).

The standard refer is a Norcold® 10 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator.

The options are:

1. Norcold® 12 Cu. Ft. Four-Door Refrigerator with Icemaker

2. Maytag Residential Refrigerator with Icemaker and Water Dispenser‚
includes 2000 Watt Pure Sine Inverter with Two Extra Batteries

3. GE® 19.5 Cf Refrigerator with Icemaker‚ 2000 Watt Inverter with Six-6
Volt Batteries

I thought I'd want the 4 door Norcold since it's a dual gas/electric. I don't want to be tied to having to have electric hookups since we enjoy dry camping at times but maybe the Maytag or GE would be a better choice?

What is the difference between the Maytag & GE?

Which of the 3 optional refers would you choose if you dry camp occasionally?
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Karen,
We're considering the same choices and what I've learned is the residential units are better built and maintain their temperatures longer than the gas / electice RV units. With the batteries / inverter, you will need to run your generator for a couple of hours or add a few solar panels.

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I would NOT consider a Norcold anything.
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Our coach has the Maytag, we like it a whole lot better then our old Dometic.

We only boondock short term though. We have 8 house batteries and after a 12 hour stop we haven't used half of our battery life.

For those that have their frig run all night, I don't know if their trying to cool the interior with the frig or what. Ours hardly ever runs.

We'll never go back to an RV frig.
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It's storming and I'm stuck inside again so I'm planning my custom MH (hahaha!) Actually, we're considering ordering one since the size we want seems to be scarce (both used & new).

The standard refer is a Norcold® 10 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator.

The options are:

1. Norcold® 12 Cu. Ft. Four-Door Refrigerator with Icemaker

2. Maytag Residential Refrigerator with Icemaker and Water Dispenser‚
includes 2000 Watt Pure Sine Inverter with Two Extra Batteries

3. GE® 19.5 Cf Refrigerator with Icemaker‚ 2000 Watt Inverter with Six-6
Volt Batteries

I thought I'd want the 4 door Norcold since it's a dual gas/electric. I don't want to be tied to having to have electric hookups since we enjoy dry camping at times but maybe the Maytag or GE would be a better choice?

What is the difference between the Maytag & GE?

Which of the 3 optional refers would you choose if you dry camp occasionally?

Have you measured the space? Most or many household refrigerators are to large to fix the space in the RV. Soem have expressed extreme with potential fire problems with the Norcold 1200.
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Have the Maytag, love it. Do some research before assuming anything about the power draw -- our boondocking is mostly limited to Wally World, but we run fine all night on the inverter. I don't have the numbers, but I understand that these units are very efficient, don't need to run that many minutes out of each hour, resulting in relatively little average power use. In our case, with Aqua Hot and induction cooktop, we're all-electric, allowing a significant savings of space and weight by eliminating the propane system. In any case, after having the Maytag "real refrigerator," we could never go back to the Norcold or Dometic.
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I will add to your dilemma by saying that Norcold (And Dometic both) have very high effiency dual Electric (12/120 volt) units.. I have a competitor's chest freezer beside me.. That would likely be my choice

But Here are some factors:
Maytag: You did not list the size, Cubic Footage is good, you want lots.

Norcold: Both Norcold and Dometic have had issues with the cooling units, I'd like to think they have fixed the problem (Bad supplier) but frankly I do not know.
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From what I've read here and on other sites, it seems that the Maytag is the best option. I don't know the size though. I just copied and pasted the list from the brochure on the website.

Are the "2 extra batteries" the same size & housed with the other batteries and are they dedicated to the fridge?
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There are certain Norcold units (check model #) that are a fire hazard. Norcold did a recall, added a high temp 12v power kill, but they still catch fire with devastating results. Over the last 4 years there have been 4000 Norcold fires per Mac McCoy January 2014. It would be prudent to do your homework if considering a Norcold absorption refrigerator.
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