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Old 08-20-2014, 08:12 PM   #1
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Norcold on inverter

I think the board on my Norcold is gone, will not run on gas, all trouble shooting says to replace board. Can I add a extra 200 watt inverter and power the norcold on AC off the house batteries and alternator while traveling? Looking at 300.00 to change board out!
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I run my Norwood 1200 on inverter while traveling. Have not really checked it's power draw. You might want to use a 'Kill-a-watt' power usage gizmo to check the power consumption. You can reduce the power draw by not running the ice maker, if equipped with one. My unit has two AC power cords, one being just the ice maker.
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Is the refrigerator operating now on 120 v? If so, you could run it on an inverter, but check around for the control board. Try here:

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I think the board on my Norcold is gone, will not run on gas, all trouble shooting says to replace board. Can I add a extra 200 watt inverter and power the norcold on AC off the house batteries and alternator while traveling? Looking at 300.00 to change board out!
A 200 watt inverter will not run an RV refrigerator on electric. You don't say which Norcold you have, but the Norcold 1200 has 2 heaters, each rated at 225 watts. Other Norcolds may have smaller heaters, but a 200 watt inverter is still not big enough.

It will work, however, if you get a bigger inverter. The MH alternator will keep the batteries charged when driving, but don't park too long without plugging in because the heaters will draw your house batteries down pretty fast.
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And if the control board is bad, it may not run on electric either. The board still has yo read the thermostat and turn the heater on & off.
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I think the board on my Norcold is gone, will not run on gas, all trouble shooting says to replace board. Can I add a extra 200 watt inverter and power the norcold on AC off the house batteries and alternator while traveling? Looking at 300.00 to change board out!

If you have the normal 2000 watt (+/-) inverter that most MH's have you should be able to run the Norcold on the inverter while traveling. We do that all the time!
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And if the control board is bad, it may not run on electric either. The board still has yo read the thermostat and turn the heater on & off.
My thoughts exactly. That's why I asked if it was working on 120 v now. OP can spend a few hundred $$ to repair, or a few 1000 $$ to replace with home fridge.
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And if the control board is bad, it may not run on electric either. The board still has yo read the thermostat and turn the heater on & off.
It runs ok on ac just not on gas! That's why I was thinking about the inverter!
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No reason why you couldn't. 200W inverter wont be near enough tho as others have said.

I am a huge proponent of residential fridges, so my advice is biased. Get a legit RV inverter, typically in the 2000W range and wire that in. Now, you can run your norcold for now (or forever), and replace with residential whenever you like. I see used Magnums for ~$750 online.

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If your Norcold 1200 has an icemaker it probably has a 110volt outlet in the outside compartment. You could try connecting the Norcold to that outlet as a trial.

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Spend the $300 or it will eventually cost more than that to say nothing of the trouble and inconvenience.
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