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Old 02-26-2015, 11:55 AM   #1
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Residential Refrigerator recommendation

I recently had to replace my 15 year old Norcold. I felt I should share my positive experience.
We had already had a yearly maintenance scheduled at Freedom RV in Tucson. The Norcold stopped working 3 days before our appointment.
They told me to go to Lowes or Home Depot to find one, and they would install it.
I bought one at Lowes, a GE 15.5 cu ft model. I brought back the receipt, they went and picked it up for me, and installed it. It was installed within 24 hours.
They asked if I wanted it trimmed out and I told them I would since there looks like enough of a gap on the side to install a slide-out spice or storage rack. I will have that done by a woodworker or carpenter.

The refrigerator cost $581. Including tax, the installation cost $600 plus misc materials. All in all a much better experience then I expected.
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I just took two now. I wasn't there for the install, the old outside access panel works perfectly to gain access for any future repairs. Sorry for the sideways photo, new phone yesterday and I'm still on a learning curve.
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Is it running on the modified sine wave inverter?

Looks good in the picture. I would love to see a picture or two of the spice rack when you get it done
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Nice job. Read up on keeping the doors closed on the road. You don't want your beers falling out on the floor.


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I don't have it hooked to inverter yet. I have a 1500watt samlex pure sine wave inverter. When we boondock I just plug our shore power cord into it. At night because of my oxygen concentrator, I run the Genny for about 8 hours at night. I just installed a 100 amp boondocker converter charger. I replaced my old 45 amp one.
When we drive, we usually don't go more than 6 hours. I'm sure the refrigerator will hold temp for that long. If we happen to drive longer, I will just run the genny for an hour every 4-5 hours or so.
I installed 4 t-105 6v batteries and a trimetric battery meter when I did the remodel 2 years ago. I have a pretty good handle on power usage.

I've already got an idea to fill in the 6 inch gap the fridge has ......
http://www.organizeit.com/pantry-rol...ge-system.asp#
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One thing I forgot, we will just install a small ring hook on the frame next to the next to the fridge. I have a bag full of very small bungee cords that will be just the right size to put through the handles on the door to keep them closed.

I also had another thought on the refrigerator running while in motion. It. Right be better to not have it run while in motion because of the moving parts. My experience with refrigeration units tells me the compressors are usually mounted on shock resistant mounts. My biggest worry is the condenser coils.
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Sometimes the smaller two door residential units don't look as fancy as the OEM models with custom door treatments, but in this case, the black makes it look VERY classy.
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Thanks Don, my wife really wanted the black for grandkids dirty fingers,😁. When we remodeled, I painted all cabinets white, the hardware black, and took off the old valances and day night shades. We replaced them with black pull down shades with black valances. Painted all the walls also to go with the new look.
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Great looking fridge! And you will wonder why you had not done it earlier.

By far the conversion to a residential fridge has been the BEST investment for our coach and for out RV lifestyles.

It has improved our daily full-time RV living and reduced the amount of food that needed to be thrown out. A real cost savings in the end.

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We were very fortunate with our Norcold 1200. Up until the day it died (R.I.P. Norcold died 2/2015), it functioned great. Fridge was 34-38 constantly. Even though ice cream was never rock hard, it was always very firm, never the least bit soft.
The biggest thing we like so far is the room and ability to see everything. In the old one. You had to bend down and crane your neck to find things. Plus, even though we have only been fulltimers for a year and a half, I forgot just how fast everything cools down in the residential fridge.
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Congrats on the conversion. It was the best mod we've done in our 5yrs. on the road. Isn't it great to reach into it and get a REALLY cold beer?
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