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Old 10-20-2014, 05:36 PM   #1
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Household Refrigerator Information

I am about to have my Norcold changed out and have the following questions:

-which Samsung replaced the 197
-does Whirlpool/Maytag have a customer service department to speak to with specific questions regarding use of their products with an inverter? The general number team was far from helpful
-what other units have people recently used?

I need to make a purchase within the next week assuming I can get my ducks in a row!

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I am about to have my Norcold changed out and have the following questions:

-which Samsung replaced the 197
The RF18HFENBSR replaced the RF197; it is counter depth and approximately the same inside capacity.
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It's also a little bit taller, which may be a problem in some Rvs.
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I installed a plain jane GE top freezer fridge with an ice maker (which I disconnected)
Black in color.

It draws less power than the samsung, the black exterior is fine and doesn't have to be cleaned like stainless and no problems with not being able to open drawers because of door clearance.

I paid just under $500 dollars from a scratch and dent store, and it works perfectly both on shore and on batteries.

I was stuck on the RF197 thing for a while, until I realized that just about any fridge that fits in the opening will work.
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I was stuck on the RF197 thing for a while, until I realized that just about any fridge that fits in the opening will work.
For many of us the key attribute of those Samsung refrigerators is that they are counter-depth. If you can tolerate the extra depth in your application that is great; we wouldn't have been able to.
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Not all brands will honor their warranty if installed in an RV. I know Frigidaire won't.
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Best way to get going on this project is to make sure you understand exactly what your width and height maximums are. When you measure for the depth, don't forget door swing into the aisle of the MH. Make a list of the 3 or 4 refrigerators that fit within those dimensions and start to work your way through the list of features. Regardless of brand, one will stand out. And BINGO that's the one you will install. \ken
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Not all brands will honor their warranty if installed in an RV. I know Frigidaire won't.
Does the Frigidaire warranty specifically say installing it in an RV will void the warranty of if not installed to their specifications? If it does then Frigidaire has covered their responsibility and it's up to the installer/owner to be sure it's done right.
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Yes, Frigidaire states this. As our fridge only cost $491.00, we weren't too concerned about it and decided to purchase anyway. However, as luck would have it, we received a fridge that didn't work from the get go, but didn't know it until we installed it and turned it on. Since it was installed in an RV, and even though it had never been used, the warranty was void.

My point is to check with the manufacturer before purchasing so you can make an informed decision, and turn on the fridge BEFORE installing to make sure you didn't receive a defective one from the manufacturer.
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I have a Whirlpool and I can't get the extended warranty because of it being in a motorhome. However extended warranties are usually from different outfits than the manufacturer. I can't find anywhere that states Whirlpool won't honor their 1yr. warranty if installed in an RV. But I did purchase the Whirlpool because all working parts are easily reachable through the old outside fridge panel.
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Thanks to those who have responded and provided valuable insight.

Ramets, I have been looking at the various Maytag units for the same reason. We had a repair on our home refrigerator and j noticed the guy popped off the cover did his thing and left. Having access will significantly help if there is any issues.


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Me 2 on R&R Norcold w/ RR. Samsung is also selling a Model 217. That may be the same one quoted above. I saw it in Fry's for $1,077. It is a little taller, 17.5 cf, ~24.5"D, and 32.25"W. I was set on buying a black 19.68cf Whirlpool for ~$1,600. This is because of the bad posts during 2013 about the 197 and lack of good warranty service/response. However, last week I had a long conversation with a service man who answers calls for a major MH mfgr. He has a MH and put a Whirlpool in it. He's had lots of problems. It freezes up and has to be thawed with a hair dryer. It doesn't seem to tolerate the bouncing because it makes odd noises after hard trips. He knows every RR that goes in MH's today; and he said he would not go Whirlpool or its by-other-brand brothers again. He did give me a good piece of advice which was alluded to above. He said to pull the absorption refer out and measure the depth of the cabinet. After adding the usual 3/4" of foil-backed polyisopsyonurate, the resulting available may allow a choice that is not marketed as a "counter-depth", but may fit, anyway. Before I pull the trigger on the Samsung 217, I'm going to see if there's a Maytag that'll fit. Electrolux is good, too; but you pay for the name. LG has a couple that'll fit, albeit the smugeable stainless finish; but they are all north of $2,200. I'm pulling my 4-dr Norcold next week. We'll see what's behind the secret doors.

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I've been looking at replacing our present 1062 NDR with a home unit. Looks like a Haier unit is in our future!
I've already replaced the cooling unit with an Amish unit but the door gaskets are going (in fact they're split right now) and they are no longer available. The only "repair" is to replace both doors and I'd still have the old box and absorption cooling.
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Pulled a failed Norcold and installed a $378.00 10.28 CF Haier, we couldn't be happier. I contacted Haier prior to purchase and was informed that it would be covered by the factory warranty. When installed it would be very easy to get to the compressor from the outside if need be. The only thing odd is when running on the inverter the fridge tends to run a little colder. No ice maker but we have a portable counter top ice maker and can use trays if necessary. The whole process took a weekend to complete. I would do it again without a doubt.

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