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Old 10-22-2015, 10:34 AM   #1
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Another Residential Fridge Install

I want to replace the Dometic fridge model RM 2852 in my 5th wheel, 2 door 24" W, 24" deep and 60" high with a residential fridge. No room to expand for a larger size residential fridge so looks like a 10. cubic foot fridge will fit my space with maybe some minor remodeling. Any suggestion on brand model that others have used for this swap.

The old Dometic still works just cramped for space inside and in freezer. The 10 cubic foot residential's that I have looked at are about the same outside dimensions but more room on the inside. I don't travel in the 5th wheel so shore power works and no need for propane.

I am not sure how the Dometic is secured in place either.

Thanks for your input.
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Old 10-23-2015, 03:48 AM   #2
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There or two screws in the bottom outside base corners of the Dometic . Two in the top frame into cabinet stile and two in the bottom corners into cabinet stile. Be sure to install a 3/8" flair plug in the LP line and check for leaks. Seal up the top and bottom vent openings to keep outside air out. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Whirlpool makes a 10 CU FT fridge that will fit in the 2852 opening. I checked one out at Menard's.
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Be sure the cooling coils on the residential refrigerator have enough air circulation. If the coils are on the bottom and have a fan blowing air across them, it is okay to install it tight in the opening. If the coils are on the back, like older regular size refrigerators, you'll need to have some room at the top for the air to circulate by convection. (With coils on the back, the refrigerator should be built with enough space at the bottom for the cooling air to pass underneath.) The refrigerator manual should have clearance space requirements stated.
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Replaced mine with a Haier 10.1 from Lowes. Fit great, with some room for air flow.
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