Originally Posted by aidachry2003
My Coach is a 2003 Monaco Diplomat 40PBDD, has anyone with the same model coach replaced their Norcold unit, if so what model residential was installed?
For the records, I have not changed the norcold out. I have had zero problems with it, but I've done a lot of research in case it does ever fail.
A lot of people have put in the Samsung RF197 model. I've heard mostly good comments. Some bad too. It's counter depth and is about the same size as your 1200 norcold. However, with some model coaches, the refrigerator is in the hallway. The Samsung is a little deeper than the norcold with the handles installed, encroaching into your hallway. It makes the hallway a little narrower, which might bother some.
On my coach, I have a void under the frig where plumbing and electrical is. I can drop the frig supporting floor down a few inches and reduce the upper cabinet to get the Samsung in. some have a furnace under the frig and dropping the new supporting floor down in that case, is quite involved.
From the posts I've read, it will work on a MSW inverter and 4 batteries. Depends on your camping style too, I suppose. Dry camping demands a little more from the batteries than if you're hooked to shore power most of the time.
I just saw an ad on a new cooling unit to replace the one in the norcold. WWW.jc-refrigeration.com
. Not at all familiar with them, but I would research all options (residential conversion, replacing your existing refrigerator with like, or replacing just the cooling unit) if you have a narrow hallway issue.