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Old 07-14-2018, 05:48 AM   #43
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My Norcold recently died, so I have been through all of this personally. Youtube was very helpful in showing how to get it out of the cabinet. Of course, I removed the doors ( the easy part) Because of the yellow cake on the back, I assumed that all the gas had leaked out. Not so.

First I unscrewed the pipes etc from the back. Not easy because of the location of the screws. All that was holding it on were the pipes, so I cut into them with a sawz all. Got a blast of gas, but I avoided most of it.. Had to wait a few hours for the fumes to dissipate. Then I finished the cutting and it came out easily in two big parts.

We never boondock, except the odd night at Camp Walmart. We never run down the road with the propane on, so the propane feature is useless to us. I found a Hi-Sense 4.4 Cu ft electric fridge at Costco for $150 Cdn. Its size easily fits the cabinet, and will fit the RV doors.

It leaves room for a shelf above and below. The fridge chamber is slightly larger than the fridge part of the Norcold. There is no freezer. But I have room elsewhere for a 1.5 cu ft chest freezer that is slightly bigger than the Norcold. Total cost under $400 cdn, versus $1500 for a Norcold. Now I have to fancy up the area, and insulate so the cold does not come in through the vent

Consider yourself lucky with that blast of gas you received.
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Mine failed in 110+ temps in Phoenix. I was able (with help) to get it out the door. I replaced mine with a Samsung narrow depth refrigerator with inverter technology. It runs off the inverter for 10+ hours. 1.2 amps max draw.

Works great lasts a long time!
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I cut mine in half after removing the plumbing. A Sawzall makes short work of it.

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I replaced my cooling coil ...twice..at least 2-3 years ago. The first replacement leaked after 24 hours, and fortunately I had not done a complete reinstallation. The company sent me a second replacement within 24 hours.Installation went smooth and it is still working although we have since sold that MH to a daughter. I believe UPS picked up both defective units for return to the dealer.

I would use them again, but I hope I don't have to. Our current fridge is a 4-door with ice.
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No Cold 1200....

Here's a thought regarding removal. If you are going to replace the unit with a household / apartment refrigerator you will probably need help getting it in thru the door.

That's a good time to get have the help to get the old unit out.
I was able to strip the doors etc. and slide it thru with four people.

It was actually a bigger challenge to get the Samsung RF18 inside!
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