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Old 05-17-2012, 06:08 PM   #15
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Bilito - We changed ours out ... no regrets. Sounds like yours is about the same size as our Norcold (model #721 or 821, I think), and we replaced it with Summit ff1112bl. Looks great, more room, hard ice cream. It was a near perfect fit, about the same weight unit, and yes, we had to secure it but not hard to do. We had to remove our entry door to get it inside, but needed to do that anyway to get the Norcold out in one piece; not a big deal. My only other comment is that I wish we had done it sooner!!!
The summit is more then 10 cu ft and about 5 inches taller then I have room, thanks for the tip and the feedback.

Curious, some folks say they had to install an inverter to run the fridge, don't understand that, did you have to do that?

My gen can run both ac units and everything in my rv all by itself

If i use shore power I should be able run one ac and probably that small compressor on an 8 cu ft fridge,
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The summit is more then 10 cu ft and about 5 inches taller then I have room, thanks for the tip and the feedback.

Curious, some folks say they had to install an inverter to run the fridge, don't understand that, did you have to do that?

My gen can run both ac units and everything in my rv all by itself

If i use shore power I should be able run one ac and probably that small compressor on an 8 cu ft fridge,
the inverter would be to power the fridge while in transit, unless you plan on running the gen the whole time it is a required component, and with the extra draw it would be advisable to add extra house batteries so as not to strain the existing. additionally upgrading the alternator may be a thought depending on its age and output preformance.
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OK now I am semi confused, I saw posted on other links info about the Amish Units that take 3 hours or less to change out. They are having a sale, I think, anyway they say the price for a unit for a Norcold 462 or 463 is only 395.00 after all the discounts. The web site talks about an Amish Manufacturer but does not give the name or location of that manufacturer (curious) what do the Amish use for coolant if not Ammonia?
What is the difference between a 462 and a 463 anyway.
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OK now I am semi confused, I saw posted on other links info about the Amish Units that take 3 hours or less to change out. They are having a sale, I think, anyway they say the price for a unit for a Norcold 462 or 463 is only 395.00 after all the discounts. The web site talks about an Amish Manufacturer but does not give the name or location of that manufacturer (curious) what do the Amish use for coolant if not Ammonia?
What is the difference between a 462 and a 463 anyway.
It is a proprietary formula but I would think it still contains ammonia. If my Dometic 2862 ever gives out I will put an Amish unit in.
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the inverter would be to power the fridge while in transit, unless you plan on running the gen the whole time it is a required component, and with the extra draw it would be advisable to add extra house batteries so as not to strain the existing. additionally upgrading the alternator may be a thought depending on its age and output preformance.
Yes I doubled up on my house batteries by moving the engine battery to above the wheel well.
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The web site talks about an Amish Manufacturer but does not give the name or location of that manufacturer (curious) what do the Amish use for coolant if not Ammonia?
Pines RV Revrigeration in Shipshewanna, In. BBB does give this company a good standing.

All I can offer is what is said here: RV Cooling Unit Warehouse LLC Home Page

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What is the difference between a 462 and a 463 anyway.
462 = 2 way (AC/LP)
463 = 3 way (AC/DC/LP)
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Pines RV Revrigeration in Shipshewanna, In. BBB does give this company a good standing.

All I can offer is what is said here: RV Cooling Unit Warehouse LLC Home Page


462 = 2 way (AC/LP)
463 = 3 way (AC/DC/LP)
I wrote to that company asking for info about the units. I heard from David Force today, he told me all the units run on ac/dc/gas. He also said the refrigerant is an ammonia based product the Amish manufacturer has developed.
The unit would cost me 495.00 plus 35.00 shipping and when I send the core unit back I will get a rebate of 100.00, the return shipping is paid by them.
He also told me to check the recall list and I did and sure enough my serial number unit has a recall on the control unit. I think I have to bring it to a Norcold dealer for a free replacement. Wonder if I could get them to ship it to me and just replace it along with the cooling unit
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He also told me to check the recall list and I did and sure enough my serial number unit has a recall on the control unit. I think I have to bring it to a Norcold dealer for a free replacement. Wonder if I could get them to ship it to me and just replace it along with the cooling unit
Norcold won't ship a recall part to you for your installation as they need documentation that it was installed by an authorized / trained technician. It's all about liability doncha' know
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Norcold won't ship a recall part to you for your installation as they need documentation that it was installed by an authorized / trained technician. It's all about liability doncha' know
Turns out I have a dealer only 6 miles away, Wonder if they will change the unit in a fridge with an ammonia leak if I plan to buy and install an amish cooling unit myself?
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ONce you (or a dealer) install the Amish cooling unit in your NOrcold reefer Norcold's liability vanishes.
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Has anyone replaced an RV fridge with a regular electric fridge?
If so any issues?
Practicality depends upon how you use your RV - if you always have shore power, a conventional residence refrigerator might do - but if you boondock or dry camp any, you'd be running the generator a lot to keep food cold - or else drag so many batteries and a converter, that you'll need to also pull a trailer to carry them all...
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The recall band aid is not required on Amish units. Their boilers don't fracture and leak the flammable gas.
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ONce you (or a dealer) install the Amish cooling unit in your NOrcold reefer Norcold's liability vanishes.
So does the hazard!!

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Turns out I have a dealer only 6 miles away, Wonder if they will change the unit in a fridge with an ammonia leak if I plan to buy and install an amish cooling unit myself?
Can I watch?
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