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Old 07-04-2012, 04:15 PM   #15
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So far so good the 13 year old Dometec side by side in the coach maintains 31F in 90 weather, I did add an interior fan from eBay. The small unit in my TC works pretty good, as soon as I can figure how to get 12v inside it I'll be adding a fan to it also.
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:54 PM   #16
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Our 13 year old Dometic Royale works fine. I also added an interior fan last year. That eliminated the frost/ice on the fins and made a more even temp inside. We also run it at 5 or 6, instead of 6 or 7 now.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:01 PM   #17
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My 14 year old Dometic 12 cu ft side by side is still working fine, but when it goes out I'll replace it with a residential fridge.
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:57 PM   #18
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Our 8 year old Norcold 1200 works great - keeps the fridge at 33-38 in blistering heat and freezer near zero. We seldom have the temp control set above 4 or 5 and ice cream stays frozen in the freezer at all times. Never had a hiccup, and no, it hasn't caught on fire either (yet). Previous RV fridges have also worked well for us and we've been half-timing since 1997.
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:55 PM   #19
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4th RV and all have been great; however my next one will be a full size fridge running off an inverter becasue I plan on going BIG
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Our 12 year old Norcold 1200LRIM still working just fine.
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:34 AM   #21
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Our 1200 LRIM 4 door Norcold iis a great unit. Just the right size for full timing. Have had to replace a cooling unit when it was ten years old. Other than that we love it.
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:27 AM   #22
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Have same Norcold 1200 LRIM only had to replace a heater element when fridge was pulled for first recall and only recall.
Has always operated on 4-5 settings plenty cold for us and has been on continuously when traveling or camping. Shut it down when home.
Plan on keeping Norcold box but will change out to Amish Cooling unit if need requires.
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:49 AM   #23
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Our 16 year old Norcold is running strong,the freezer keeps the Klondike bars frozen. The main thing is to make shure you are LEVEL when parked.
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The 12 year old Dometic still works fine. I keep the mud daubers out of the back with a fine screen, clean the burner every couple of years and only operate it when it is level. Even if we park it to go in shopping or to see the sights during the day it gets turned off if it is not level.
Still freezes water for ice and keeps the beer cold.
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:01 AM   #25
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Our 10 year old side by side Dometic works great. I did have to readjust the doors, but then it worked even better. Our new coach is all electric.
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The Dometic I had in my 5er got down to 28-30 in the lower section. Don't remember what the freezer got down to. The only problem was it went out if I had strong cross winds on my trip to the dunes. The one in my MH gets down to 34.
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Well...... I was beginning to question the efficiency of our Dometic. Texas heat and in a slideout doesn't help any. I took it in to my local Tiffin dealer for testing. Well.... seems I caused part of the problem. Not wanting wasp and other critters I installed bug screens. Tests showed that in doing so I reduced the air flow by 40%!!! WHO WOULD BELIEVE THAT SCREEN WIRE WOULD RESTRICT THE AIR FLOW THAT MUCH??? Well.... it's true. Learned something new for sure. BUT we decided to go ahead and add an extra vent fan. Prior to correction of Operator error the pantry would become really warm to hot, like a warming oven and the a/c thermostat would read at least 10 degrees warmer. Hopefully, I won't perform any other dumb stunts. I am so ashamed....
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Well...... I was beginning to question the efficiency of our Dometic. Texas heat and in a slideout doesn't help any. I took it in to my local Tiffin dealer for testing. Well.... seems I caused part of the problem. Not wanting wasp and other critters I installed bug screens. Tests showed that in doing so I reduced the air flow by 40%!!! WHO WOULD BELIEVE THAT SCREEN WIRE WOULD RESTRICT THE AIR FLOW THAT MUCH??? Well.... it's true. Learned something new for sure. BUT we decided to go ahead and add an extra vent fan. Prior to correction of Operator error the pantry would become really warm to hot, like a warming oven and the a/c thermostat would read at least 10 degrees warmer. Hopefully, I won't perform any other dumb stunts. I am so ashamed....
Wow! I too am surprised to hear that those screens can cause that much restriction. I have used them on the furnace vents without any known problem--never tried on the fridge but thought about it.
We have had Norcold refrigerators for at least 13 or 14 years on various rigs, and only problem we ever had was the need to replace a thermostat once. Did get the recalls done but it wasn't a big deal (I'm sure it would have been had it caught fire). We follow the manuals instructions and keep the ice cream in the left rear corner, and that seems to work just fine.

I too have pondered the residential units, but ended up just not wanting to go there with all the additional add ons required for our boondocking episodes. I believe the folks who have seriously explored it and went that direction seem generally happy with the choice. We don't boondock a lot, which makes all the add on's seem like an expensive hassle. But we boondock just often enough that we want the option of just switching over to gas and not worrying about it when we need to.

It seems to me that makes all the options a very good thing, different options for different needs.
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