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Old 08-07-2012, 12:47 PM   #1
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Amish cooling unit - 1200 LRIM

Finished the install this AM. Plugged in and turned it on @ 10am. It's now 12:30 pm and there's frost on the freezer wall! Start temp was 85f. and humid (therefore the frost)
Haven't taken the thermometer down yet as I had no idea it would be this cold, this fast............
No more red lights, black boxes that fix nothing and not afraid to walk around the park without fear of losing the "girls" (see signature) in a horrific fire...
The entire unit weighs 220 lbs. A 72 year old "him" and a 66 year old "her" did the entire thing - It's all in the leverages.... and of course the 4 doors were first off and last back on...
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2pm and the freezer is 14F - that's 4 hours - the setting is at 9 (coldest)... It's 95F outside!
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4 PM and the freezer is 9F.. Frig is 45F and it is 100 OAT. The fans are working overtime.
The ice tray has not yet filled???
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It's after six. What's up?
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Hal is probably busy mixing drinks with the ice he is making and enjoying his handy work.

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I hope hypothermia hasn't set in.
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You think he got good enough he could do ours? Sounds like he had a good time.
He told us when he finished but he didn't mention when he started.
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It's after six. What's up?
At 6:15 PM it was 4 F in the freezer and 35 F in the frig. The ice maker had filled and was frozen.
The Olympics evening show starts at 7 PM here so no more trips to the MH.
As to "when did we start" - Several days ago BUT no weekend work - quit when it gets to 90 OAT which is before noon - redo/redesign Monaco's crappy install (unprotected wires - screws w/o washers, etc, etc) At least 4 trips to Home Depot.... There were maybe 5-6 nylon ties in original install, there are now at least 75.
The Amish unit had 12-15' of 2 inch "aluminum tape" for finish work. We had another 50' of 3 inch tape and used most of it.
Communications with "Amish tech help" should be done via email (forget telephone). I fretted about where and how much sealant to use for a couple of days - one email solved the issue with neither of the conflecting written instructions being correct!
It took a working day (4 hours) to build the platform on which the frig was scooted and another 1/2 day to cut it down by 1/4 inch (measure twice - cut once) Remember the unit weighed 220 lbs. so it wasn't your grandmothers platform...
Interesting project - wouldn't do it again but now have a good knowledge of frig workings.
PS - We changed out the "PC board" also. Impossible to do with frig installed so felt the $185. to be a good investment.
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Good going on the install, I'm sure you'll be quite happy with your results. When I did mine I set it at a temp setting of 5 with the outside temps at 90+ and let it set in the sun, I finally lowered it to 4 and found that it was about right for freezer and fridge temps. I'll agree on feeling safer inside. Like you, it was a challenge getting it out, then back in. Very tight fit. Looking back on it now, it wasn't my favorite thing I've done on the motor home. But one of the best. Good luck and well done.
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