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Old 08-26-2017, 09:09 AM   #1
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Replacement - GE - 10.5 Cu. Ft. 24" Refrigerator -NC-1200


Was just in a friends pool house and he had this refrigerator - I immediately thought it might be a good replacement for my Norcold 1200 - and also allow a small pantry shelf next to it?

Has anyone one done this?


Height To Top Of Refrigerator 59.875 inches - NC=63.25
Height To Top Of Door Hinge 60.375 inches
Depth Without Handle 27.4 inches - NC=24
Depth With Handle 27.375 inches
Norcold is 33" wide leaving 9 " to work with for pantry

Couple of things jumped out - only 60" high - so would fit in my space without modification/Cutting out drawer.

Smaller - so just better as we do not need a great amount of capacity.

It is still larger than the 1200.

Thinking I could build a pull out pantry that was around 6" - 7.5" that would just add dry storage that is badly needed.

Just putting this out there for all those who have or may do refrigerator replacements.

Give me some feedback, as you all have generally got the Answers. .....

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Old 08-26-2017, 10:55 AM   #2
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I have installed two Avanti 10.0 cu ft refrigerators from Brandsmart, one in my last mh and one in my newer mh. It is the best thing that you can add in my opinion. It is a very easy job. Try to fasten the fridge at the top to the cabinet by using the screws on the door hinge by making a bracket, do not drill into the side.

On the Avanti the instructions are to leave at least 5 inches on the sides and top for air circulation. I do not have quiet that much and I added a very small 15 fpm fan in the side of the cabinet near the ceiling. My first installation on my old mh just adding vents an ac grills in the side of the cabinet worked fine. The way this cabinet is constricted I added a fan to pull the air around the fridge.

I am about to add some type of control so that the fan runs only when the compressor runs. Good luck with your replacement . Let me know if I can help.
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Old 08-27-2017, 06:53 AM   #3
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There are several residential refrigerators that are the same size as the GE. I decided on a Frigidaire FFTR1022QB.

I did a ton of research before replacing my Norcold RV refrigerator and this one came out #1 by far. If you plan to make the conversion, there are some issues.

1. These fridges are not built-ins and will require clearance for air circulation. The Frigidaire needs only an inch on either side, which is probably all you'll have anyway. The back only requires 2" clearance. Other brands wanted far more. Don't be tempted to skip that. The sides get warm, so no doubt that's where the coils are located. They do call for 12" on top, which is impossible for a MH. Instead I installed fans (see #2 below).
2. Operating temperature. Other brands I looked at said their fridge wouldn't operate below 60 or above 90 degrees, and warned against using in a garage. No such restriction on the Frigidaire. Just keep it between 10 and 110 degrees, per the manual.
3. It fit my existing opening with only minor modification.

1. I installed a separate 120v outlet on a switch so that I could easily turn the unit off when not needed without going outside to pull the plug (some units do not have an on/off switch).
2. I chose not to seal off the existing outside openings. I put a screen on the lower opening and installed 3ea. 12v fans in the upper vent to assure good air circulation. I used the 12v wiring from the old Norcold and put the fans on a separate switch. I put a thermal switch in this circuit so that the fans would only run when needed.
3. In the back, I anchored the unit by putting 2 lag bolts through the bottom metal rails of the refrigerator into the flooring.
4. Inside, I attached (using 3m 3M Scotch 4910 VHB Tape 2 sided tape) 2 metal brackets to the top of the refrigerator and then screwed these to the wood above the refrigerator. I then trimmed around the perimeter of the fridge with black plastic L channel which I purchased from Display Products online ( Extrusions by Display Products Online). This can be purchased with the tape already attached.
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