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Old 09-20-2022, 09:45 PM   #1
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Refer replacement

My 1999 alpine, 40ft appears to be needing a new refrigerator.
I currently have a double door unit. Talking with a service person, he said to replace they will take out a windshield, and use a forklift to move a new one in.
Anyone else replace a refer on a alpine?
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We have yet to replace our fridge, but I thought the emergency side window over the dinette hinges up and can be slid out…
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Old 09-24-2022, 09:18 PM   #3
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Many coaches need the window removed, fortunately not in an alpine.

It simply goes in and out of the emergency window as previously mentioned
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Old 09-24-2022, 09:36 PM   #4
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How much was the quote ? You might want to think about just putting in a new cooling unit or upgrade current system to 12v or 120v.. it would save you a lot in labor.. look in IRV2 sponsor section.. new cooling unit.. you can drive up to factory and they can do it.. save you small bundle.. also you tube rv refrigerator cooling unit change.. but if you just want a all new one.. only choice..
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Many coaches need the window removed, fortunately not in an alpine.

It simply goes in and out of the emergency window as previously mentioned
Unless ya have a mid door…….We don’t have that big emergency window, lol.
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Unless ya have a mid door…….We don’t have that big emergency window, lol.
Here's the difference...... that mid door has a 30" door and a Residential unit will go right through the door, straight in with the doors off

The 36FDDS has the smallest door of any of the Alpines INCLUDING the 34FDDS..... it's the worst feature of the 36 is that damn small door
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Refer update

We have the service tech coming Nov 20, the 1st appointment we could get,
We will discuss get the cooling unit replaced. I have no desire to remove the existing refer.
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Give this outfit a call before You go spending boo koo big bucks..
https://jc-refrigeration.com/ [products]

Personally I would really look into their 12v hvac, or even the 120v hvac compressor upgrades for Your your existing fridge...

Frozen stays frozen, the Beer is always cold and the Milk doesn't go "blinky" before it's time...
And The BEST part to this conversion to a residential style of your existing fridge??? It will No Longer give a Rat's xxx if the RV is perfectly Level or not..[No chance of a RV fire]
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My 1999 alpine, 40ft appears to be needing a new refrigerator.
I currently have a double door unit. Talking with a service person, he said to replace they will take out a windshield, and use a forklift to move a new one in.
Anyone else replace a refer on a alpine?

We have a 1999 Alpine Coach 40 footer. In July we replaced the cooling unit in our Dometic 1276 double door fridge/freezer. With the doors off of the fridge it goes through the front entrance door.
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What did you replace it with? Did the new unit fit through the door too?
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Saddlesore, Thanks for the link on the 120 volt fridge conversion.. That's some good stuff !
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Saddlesore, Thanks for the link on the 120 volt fridge conversion.. That's some good stuff !
You are more than Welcome.. If This had been available when our Damnectic 1492 took a dump, Would have went this route (saving a lot of carpentry remodel $$ needed for the Sammy-18.
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What did you replace it with? Did the new unit fit through the door too?
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Just took the original refer out, put in new cooling unit (Amish built) and put the same refer back in its cubicle where it had sat for 23 years. Worked great for 22 years. Works great again. The new cooling unit was a bit different than original and needed a little modification. If you are replacing cooling unit with the same component you don't even need to take refer out of coach. The cooling unit can be removed and new fitted while lying on the motorhome floor.
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So let me weigh in on the benefits of a Residential unit vs. a compressor based cooling unit.

1. The capacity of the refrigerator is significantly larger with an 18CF unit vs the existing 10/12 or 14CF units that were shipped from the factory.

2. Based on the age of your coach you are dealing with 15-25 Year old Seals, Gaskets, Shelves, etc...

3. the removal/install is really not that bad. I did everything in a little more than 1/2 a day with the help of a friend.

4. I only had to make one cut (grill on front bottom) all the rest of the pieces came out by removing the screws holding them in place.

5. The cost of the completely new refrigerator was only $1200

I'm not saying that keeping the old unit running is not a good option..... I just wanted to reiterate ALL the benefits of a residential upgrade for others considering upgrading or making a change.
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