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Old 07-20-2019, 09:11 PM   #1
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New residential refrigerator advice

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My residential Whirlpool refrigerator has failed me again. This will be the 4th repair in 3 years, and I'm thinking I should just get a new residential refrigerator.

If it was my house, easy enough. However, I'd love some advice with the process of obtaining a new refrigerator in my RV.

My concerns:

1) Will the old one fit out the door? If they got it in, they must be able to get it out right?
2) Any particular brands that work well in a RV environment?
3) Where should I get a refrigerator? Should I buy it on my own? Head to the local RV dealer as I imagine they do these all the time? Find one of those shops in Indiana that does RV remodeling? Seems like it would be a tremendous PITA to get the thing in and out of the house.

Any advice appreciated.
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1) Will the old one fit out the door? If they got it in, they must be able to get it out right?


If the door doesn't work the windshield is another option. Remove Windshield, replace fridge, Replace windshield.
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1) Will the old one fit out the door? If they got it in, they must be able to get it out right?

If the door doesn't work the windshield is another option. Remove Windshield, replace fridge, Replace windshield.
That's what I was afraid of, which adds another layer of complication.......Who removes the windshield? Then who puts the refrigerator in and out? Are there shops that regularly do that type of work?
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With our coach I used MOT (Motorhomes of TX) they removed a living room side window (on the non slide side) then used a forklift to lift the old absorption (Damnetic 1492) out and the new Sammy 18 in..
I bought the Samsung on sale @ Sears ($825)
All in including the carpentry work was $1300.
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That's what I was afraid of, which adds another layer of complication.......Who removes the windshield? Then who puts the refrigerator in and out? Are there shops that regularly do that type of work?
I recently replaced my norcold with a samsung RF18. It wouldn't go through the door, but I have an emergency window behind the drivers seat that is easily removed.

I bought the fridge from Lowes. They delivered it, took the fridge doors and drawers out, and set in inside the coach, right through the window. My son was there with me, so we actually had 4 of us. But the fridge box without doors/drawers is surprisingly light. They would have put it back together, but I asked them not to as I needed to do some minor cabinetry with the doors off. I had already taken the norcold out, but they said they would have done that for me as well.
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I recently replaced my norcold with a samsung RF18. It wouldn't go through the door, but I have an emergency window behind the drivers seat that is easily removed.

I bought the fridge from Lowes. They delivered it, took the fridge doors and drawers out, and set in inside the coach, right through the window. My son was there with me, so we actually had 4 of us. But the fridge box without doors/drawers is surprisingly light. They would have put it back together, but I asked them not to as I needed to do some minor cabinetry with the doors off. I had already taken the norcold out, but they said they would have done that for me as well.
Wow really? The Lowes delivery guys did that? Did you arrange that in advance?
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Most counter depth refers can come in thru a window. Might have to remove the frame but it is easier and safer than removing a windshield. Remove doors and it will fit. Same for removing the old refer
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Most counter depth refers can come in thru a window. Might have to remove the frame but it is easier and safer than removing a windshield. Remove doors and it will fit. Same for removing the old refer
Thanks. I guess I'll have to look at my windows and the fridge more closely. My windows are pretty small : (
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What model refrigerator do you have. Get the model number and start researching what might fit. A good place to do this is AJ Madison, you can search by dimensions.

I looked at the brochure for your coach, looks like your refrigerator may be small. Most windows do look small but drivers side window appears to be larger if a fridge does not fit through door.

When looking for a fridge keep in mind most don't like to be powered by a MSW inverter. There are some that will work with the MSW inverters, Samsung being one of them.
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I'm curious as to what failed on your frig?
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I know with your experience I can't change your mind, but our OEM Whirlpool has been trouble-free for 4 years+ now. You may have just gotten a bad one. I too am curious about what went bad on it.
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Strange to have the Whirlpool fail so often. I have Jenn Air side by side in my 10 yr old rig and it's still running great. When it goes I'll probably get a Samsung with a bottom drawer.
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I know with your experience I can't change your mind, but our OEM Whirlpool has been trouble-free for 4 years+ now. You may have just gotten a bad one. I too am curious about what went bad on it.
First time fan motor failed (the one behind the freezer).
Second, third times have been freon leaks
This fourth time not sure. I don't hear the compressor coming on so it is either the compressor or another freon leak causing the compressor not to come on.
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I'm curious as to what failed on your frig?
Fan motor once.
two freon leaks
This fourth time not sure yet. Can't find a repair person with any availability. It's blowing ambient air temperature in both boxes.
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