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Old 12-31-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
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Install residential fridge

How hard is it to get the fridge in the door of a DP and up the steps. Do you have to remove the DW's seat? Under my Norcold is a furnace and central vac. I wander if I would have enough head room for a residential fridge.
Thanks in advance for the info.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:35 PM   #2
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Measure-Measure-Measure. I wouldn't be surprised if the frig needs to go in and out the front windshield.

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Old 12-31-2012, 03:56 PM   #3
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I have a 07 Knight and I got the samsung 197 through the front door. I had to remove the pass seat and take the doors off the new fridge. two of us got it in with a little grunting but it will go through the door, i think I had to remove the top arm on the door so it could be smung further open. Well worth the effort, best mod I have done.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:59 PM   #4
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We took the Norcold out and the Samsung in through the drivers side window. The opening above the furnace was lowered a couple inches to make the opening large enough for the new fridge.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:19 PM   #5
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We took the Norcold out and the Samsung in through the drivers side window. The opening above the furnace was lowered a couple inches to make the opening large enough for the new fridge.
Same with us. We put in a KitchenAid 2 door 21 cu ft and took it in the driver side window. Used a deer lift to pick it up in the pole barn, but DW and I did the job in about 15 minutes once we removed the window and set it up.
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When you folks say "driver's side window" are you saying windshield?
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I know some people putting household refrigerators into an RV as per this post but I don't understand why!!! Could someone please enlighten me.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:40 PM   #8
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I know some people putting household refrigerators into an RV as per this post but I don't understand why!!! Could someone please enlighten me.
Well, some people want to get rid of the absorption refer. That thing weighs a ton versus a residential. There are a lot of fires caused by the "old style" refers both Dometic and Norcold. The new residential refers have more room in them than the same size "old style" refers.

Those are a few reasons, I'm sure others will have more.
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I know some people putting household refrigerators into an RV as per this post but I don't understand why!!! Could someone please enlighten me.
My refer is mounted in the slide and doesn't cool when driving, so when it quits cooling while sitting I will replace it with a residential.

Even without power to a residential it will hold the cold better than my absorption refer does when driving down the road.

I also like the increased storage space of the residential refers, they are much deeper since they don't give up space to the absorption boiler.

I don't obsess about refer fires but certainly another good reason to replace the absorption refer with a residential when the time comes.

They are a less expensive replacement when compared to an absorption refer as well.
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A friend of mine has a 04 Newmar Mountain Aire DP and had to remove the driver side window to get it in. He also removed the driver and passenger seats. All turned out well and he's very satisfied with it.
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In addition to all the positive inputs from sdennislee, the freezer section works better in a residential refrig. And I believe it maintains internal temps better in warmer temps.

BTW, Our motorhome came with a residential refrig, which I wasn’t sure about having, but really like it and the space it provides over the absorption refer we had.
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Thanks all. Understand reasons given.

But I boondock a lot and could not imagine needing 120Vac all the time to keep the fridge operating.

We don't have a big problem with the fridge size and if I ever had to replace mine, I would just buy a new unit that operated on propane and electricity.

But whatever works best for each person is the way to go.

Thanks again and good luck with the conversions.
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Libero- if you have a norcold- have you had all the recalls done?
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I would be easily swayed into switching to a residential. Never had any trouble with Norcolds in the last 5 motorhomes but then again I never really spent a lot of time in hot hot weather for any length of time...
One of my questions about residential ref. has to do with the shelves. I would think they don't have the lip in the front of them so when you travel and open the doors, does everything fall out?? Please post pics of how you solved that problem. I've seen a few different ways of tying the doors so they don't swing open when travelling.
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