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Old 12-18-2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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Norcold 7.5 CF to apartment sized fridge

Many have changed out their Norcold 1200 series for residential refrigerator. I have a Norcold N842F (7.5 cf) which has given us good service over the last 11 years. If major service on the fridge or replacement is required I am investigating replacement with a apartment sized 10.7 cubic foot which will fit into the 24" wide space of the original Norcold. The DW will not give up her slide out pantry so a larger replacement is out of the question.Has anyone replaced the original 7.5 cf with a apartment sized fridge? What brand? Modified or pure sine wave inverter? Power usage? Any other pluse or minus issues? How long in use? All feedback is appreciated.

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Old 12-18-2012, 01:55 PM   #2
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I am also interested in the replies you receive. Same, DW will not give up the pantry!

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Old 12-18-2012, 02:19 PM   #3
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I replaced our gas fridge in our last MH with a residential one that I bought at Lowes. Here is the link: Whirlpool 9.6 cu. ft. Fridge

And another: Frigidaire 9.9 cu ft Top-Freezer Refrigerator (Silver Mist)

They come in black, silver and white. The #1 advantage is more storage capacity, the freezer is much larger. They cost about a third as much as an RV fridge and cool much better. I used a magnum 2000 modified sine inverter with no problems.

In our current MH I'm waiting for the Dometic fridge to die so I can put another residential fridge in its place.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:35 PM   #4
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The Whirlpool is the best replacement for the single door rv refrigerator. It is light weight, quiet, and you get tons more storage. As RedWing stated, I have a Dometic in my coach and when that gives up the ghost- a Whirlpool is going in its place.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:52 PM   #5
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We just removed our old 7.5 cu.ft Norcold 683 fridge, replacing it with a 9.2cu ft Danby fridge. The Danby is a bottom freezer fridge, and is a direct size replacement for the old Norcold. I almost purchased a GE 12.1 cu ft fridge. We would have really enjoyed the HUGE increase in storage. But, the GE fridge was 3" deeper, and our fridge door opens into the hallway, so the GE fridge just wouldn't work for us.

We put our coach into winter storage shortly after the fridge conversion, so I don't have any long term data. I know this much. When I first started the empty fridge, the draw was .96amps for 15 minutes, then absolutely no draw for another two hours. The total amp draw for the 8 hour period was 1.54 amps, so the fridge cycled only marginally in that time. Of course these figures will be totally different when we have all our goodies packed into the fridge.

I also doubled our house batteries. Now I am doubting that I needed to do that. Oh well.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:26 AM   #6
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Thanks for the information. As I look at the specifications for the units and it states that it has a analog temperature control or it doesn't have a electronic temperature control. Does this mean that I can use my Xantrex 2000 modified sine wave inverter? I run a small freezer with it and have had no problems at all.Again thanks for your imput.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:08 PM   #7
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Do a Google search for Vitrofrigo DP2600i. It's an 8 Cu.ft. 12 volt DC compressor fridge that's probably a drop-in replacement for yours. It only draws about 4.3 amps at 12 volts and runs about 50% of the time. AND no inverter required! Also has RV appropriate door latches. Available at some marine suppliers. NovaKool makes similar ones.
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jspande: Thanks for the comeback. For my application the Virto is not cost effective as it is over $2000.00. I already have a inverter,AGM battery bank large enough and 300 watts of solar. I can replace my Norcold with a residential for approx. $500 and gain additional storage (2.5-4.5 cubic feet).Thanks again.

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