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Old 06-14-2020, 09:17 PM   #1
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Anyone ever change out Norcold to residential Samsung? My Norcold is in a slide & does not work well in Florida heat. I have JC Amish cooling unit installed by them. I want a Samsung RF18 but fitting may be an issue height wise.
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Here is a document with the exact dimensions of the Samsung and the space in which it will fit.
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Old 06-15-2020, 09:31 AM   #3
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I just did this install on my 2006 Tradewinds 40C. This was not in the slide, but if I can help with questions you may have just ask.
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Old 06-16-2020, 07:42 AM   #4
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I just did this install on my 2006 Tradewinds 40C. This was not in the slide, but if I can help with questions you may have just ask.
I'm curious how involved this was as I also have a 2006 40C and have been thinking about either a residential replacement or doing the JC Refrigeration compressor upgrade. My current Norcold works fine but I'm worried about the fire potential more than anything.
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It was not that difficult. I had repaired my fogged drivers side cockpit window so I had it out, which made removing and installing new fridge a breeze with 3 people. I did lower my base platform about 1 1/2" to gain the necessary room to open door and help my 5' wife out! It fits perfectly in the cabinet. My Norcold never cooled the fridge below high 40's, the door seals were bad and I had to fabricate new door hinges on the bottom after they almost fell off on one of our first trips with it. Could not see putting any $$ in this fridge so I went with the swap, so far so good!
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It was not that difficult. I had repaired my fogged drivers side cockpit window so I had it out, which made removing and installing new fridge a breeze with 3 people. I did lower my base platform about 1 1/2" to gain the necessary room to open door and help my 5' wife out! It fits perfectly in the cabinet. My Norcold never cooled the fridge below high 40's, the door seals were bad and I had to fabricate new door hinges on the bottom after they almost fell off on one of our first trips with it. Could not see putting any $$ in this fridge so I went with the swap, so far so good!
Good to know. So you didn't need to do any trim work other than lowering the floor? Did you happen to take any pictures?
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You will need to trim the upper board above the existing fridge. I actually removed the lower board trimmed it in half to lower the base and actually used the piece that I trimmed in half for the upper one. It worked out slick. Gave me about an inch or two between the top of new fridge and the molding board.
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I only had a semi complete picture. I am very bad a taking or keeping photos!
And apparently at figuring out how to rotate them..... I tried.
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I only had a semi complete picture. I am very bad a taking or keeping photos!
And apparently at figuring out how to rotate them..... I tried.
You did a very nice job, it looks like a factory install the only issue that I see is that it's not in my motorhome! I went and looked mine over yesterday and the amount of work to get the old one out, modify the cabinet and get the new one in is more than I can handle and more money than I want to spend for labor to have someone else do it. I looked my door seals over and they look fine so I think I'm going to go the JC Refrigeration route and have them do it.
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I cannot find a fridge that will fit in Norcold space except a Fisher Paykel for $2500. I do not have the 70 inches for anything else. The most I may be able to do is 68 inches and that is pushing it. I cannot drop the false floor because of all plumbing & electrical in the slide.

One issue with keeping a Norcold is the door seals. Norcold will not sell seals for the doors. They will sell a door. I had my Norcold replaced under warranty because of the seals. The warranty company would not do a residential unit. It cost they $8000.00 to do a Norcold. A residential would have cost 1/2 that.

Three years after the new one was installed,cooling unit quit. I replaced it with an Amish unit and also was in Indiana at JC's twice. Problem is the doors not the cooling unit. For me, it does no good to go with the compressor cooling unit.
I have searched for weeks for a good replacement but no luck unless I pay $2500 or more.
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Just to update you on my own experience with my newly installed residential fridge....wow is all I can say. We have been out 3 different times with the new Samsung. Definitely one of the best improvements I have made in my 14 years of RVing! Anyone on the fence I suggest jumping over...just my experience anyway lol.
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I ordered a SamsungRT18M6215 due to be delivered Aug 10. Takes 1 month for delivery. It does not have drainage issue as other Samsungs have. It has a top freezer & ice maker. It is 66.75 h x28.75w x 31.875 d.. I will need to trim 2" off top and fill in about 2" on right side with Cherry wood. Hope all will go ok.
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I hope it works out for you as well. It was amazing to have a fridge that within a few hours was at temperature -2 & 38 degrees and dropping ice from the ice maker. This past weekend it was mid 90's and humid where we were and every time i went in it read -2 and 38!!! Best of luck with your upgrade.
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Saw this video the other day that people considering a residential fridge may be interested in.

https://youtu.be/ZU5VUpvQQII
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