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Old 11-23-2018, 03:18 PM   #57
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We're on our second Samsung residential fridge. We had one in our 2015 Jayco Pinnacle and now have one in our 2018 Vanleigh Vilano. They have advance somewhat in three years of being offered in RV's and we wouldn't go any other way. The one we have now, is a little more trouble free and we don't have problems or issues like we did with our 2015. A lot of the issues or concerns were with the RV, itself, but that's a story for another time. (Regfrigerator included). Personally, I think they've got the bugs our of them as the one we have now has been trouble free... Knock on Wood!

We don't boondock or dry camp so that's not an issue. I did think we'd miss the conversion from electric to propane and viceversa, but don't. When connected to shore power or 120V, you're set. When taveling and you have an "inverter" on board (and turned on), 12V is inverted to 120V and is enough to keep the residential frige operable until reconnected to shore power. Keeps my beer plenty cold!

A real plus includes more frige room, french (double doors), lower freezer compartment, and my favorite... an ice-maker. Nice for the ice and plenty of it. In fact more than we need. No need to have a portable ice maker. Only negative, I can think of... one tends to put to much in the refrigerator and freezer because its larger and more convenient.

Would do another residential, in a heartbeat, if the opportunity permited. We really enjoy it. Just remember to winterize the ice-maker. Not a big deal. Never forgot. Just don't want to forget this step, unless you don't have to winterize.
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Old 11-23-2018, 05:46 PM   #58
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Norcold replacement suggestion

Chuck,
Have take a look at Option 1 from this site - Products | JC Refrigeration. I will be making this switch next spring.

Products | JC Refrigeration.

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Old 11-23-2018, 05:51 PM   #59
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You might check with JC refrigeration, they make a replacement unit for Norcold that uses a residential style compressor (Amiss) made. They also make gas electric replacements that are way better than oem also will com with helium that wont burn
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Old 11-23-2018, 07:14 PM   #60
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Propane or Residential refrig

Our 07 Dynasty came from the factory with a Maytag res fridge. We now have 120,000 on it, me thinks your info is truly flawed.
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Old 11-23-2018, 07:19 PM   #61
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You might check with JC refrigeration, they make a replacement unit for Norcold that uses a residential style compressor (Amiss) made. They also make gas electric replacements that are way better than oem also will com with helium that wont burn
Thanks ! I already threw away the old Norcold unit we had.
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You might check with JC refrigeration, they make a replacement unit for Norcold that uses a residential style compressor (Amiss) made. They also make gas electric replacements that are way better than oem also will com with helium that wont burn
Thanks ! I already threw away the old Norcold unit we had...
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Old 11-23-2018, 07:22 PM   #63
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Never ending topic I know ! Have taken out the old Norcold ( 20 yrs old ) and now ready to replace with new refrig. Wonder what people have done for choices ( propane or residential ) in replacing ? We are not big dry camping people or boondocking either. There is a 2 plug in outlet. So I take it from reading other posts the other plug in is for using if you have a inverter ? I know you need a inverter for a residential fridge which we have, It was replaced a few years ago before we bought the coach. So will have to look and see how big it is for output of a fridge. Do I need to upgrade the House batteries for a residential ?



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I learned a lot from you all about residential Refrigerators. When my 10 year old Norcold goes Iím getting a residential. Thanks.
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Lets see.. tear up motorhome trying to replace Norcold or the rebuild I think I will do the rebuild. A fellow RV'er had his 15 year old rebuilt 2 years ago and it better than new and easier to do then replace.
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Lets see.. tear up motorhome trying to replace Norcold or the rebuild I think I will do the rebuild. A fellow RV'er had his 15 year old rebuilt 2 years ago and it better than new and easier to do then replace.

I suppose. But you would also have to be okay with the little fridge the unit came with. Usaullay 12 ish cubic feet vice 18 to 22 for the residential replacement. That and the fact that the original propane electric uses three or four times the power of a residential. To each his own.
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The issue is the new compressor system, or even the Amish system for the old Norcold will cost more than a new Samsung fridge and you have to pay expensive freight for the rebuild system. Home Depot will deliver the Samsung free! They even took the doors off and set it inside our coach.
And when you are done, you still have a small 12CF Norcold fridge with older parts that are bound to fail (like the control board or old door latches).
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Not sure about the power use, like gas or electric option and space has never been an issue.
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Lets see.. tear up motorhome trying to replace Norcold or the rebuild I think I will do the rebuild. A fellow RV'er had his 15 year old rebuilt 2 years ago and it better than new and easier to do then replace.
Having recently help install a Samsung 19, we did not tear up the MH nor did we remove the seats...did cover them. The DW and I did a DIY installation of a 21 cuft Whirlpool through the driver’s side window without tearing up the MH. A 1200 box is not as well insulated as a EnergyStar refrigerator but a JC conversion is an easy and expensive way of repairing a 1200... starting the electric/propane debate.
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Lets see.. tear up motorhome trying to replace Norcold or the rebuild I think I will do the rebuild. A fellow RV'er had his 15 year old rebuilt 2 years ago and it better than new and easier to do then replace.
I removed the pass. seat and sat it aside. Disconnected the hold open arm on the entrance door so it would go to full open. Also took the handrail off so as not to hit it. Got the old Norcold out with no problem !!
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