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Old 03-07-2022, 12:56 PM   #1
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Norcold died

I had a 1200LRIM norcold 12 cu rv fridge and the cooling unit went on it. I am debating to replace it with a residential Fridge and was wondering what every ones experiences have been with doing this and if they were happy with the results. If so what fridge did you put in its place.

I currently have a 2004 NRC super C.
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Are you sure it died?
Smell of Ammonia
Yellowish Residue in outside compartment (stuff is toxic...clean up working it WET)
Freezer gets cold...food compartment doesn't

Lots of folks have done residential swaps.....Samsung, Whirlpool etc
Some folks have replaced cooling unit with 'compressor' units...120VAC and 12VDC
Some have gone with Cooling Unit replacements
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Old 03-07-2022, 01:26 PM   #3
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Are you sure it died?
Smell of Ammonia
Yellowish Residue in outside compartment (stuff is toxic...clean up working it WET)
Freezer gets cold...food compartment doesn't

Lots of folks have done residential swaps.....Samsung, Whirlpool etc
Some folks have replaced cooling unit with 'compressor' units...120VAC and 12VDC
Some have gone with Cooling Unit replacements
Well i am quite inept but the guy who came to look at it pointed out it smelled like cat pee and when we cut away some the the insulation it was very corroded on the rod.

I am not sure if the freezer gets cold it has the NO CO code.

I guess my question would be what would you do in my shoes the cooling unit can be purchased for 1100, if i am replacing the cooling unit should i replace the board and thermister as well while i am in there? would come to about 1400 in parts and probably another 1k in labor to have done?
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Bumping for more advice
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I know a lot of people have replaced their Norcold with this model.
It fit in most places the 12ft Norcold does.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung...?skuId=6443500
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We replaced our No Cold with a Samsung about 7 or 8 years ago, but that model isn't available anymore. But changing to a residential type was the best improvement we have ever done. We almost always camp where we have shore power. I have over nighted at 87 degrees. Ran generator while watching TV, turned off, and turned off refrigerator. I use a CPAP machine, so I left the inverter on. Next morning the refrigerator was 2 degrees warmer. The No Cold would never held anywhere close to that. I did not change any wiring and invert is XANTREX MSW. Not the first problem. Counting wood, insulation for cavity and refrigerator my total cost was about $1,300. I don't know what cost would be in these times, but I would still make the switch.

If your lifestyle is to boon-dock most of the time you may not want to switch.
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If you have a noco code shown. You need to reset your board. Disconnect the 12 volts and 115 volts from the outside compartment to frig. Remove the black cover over the control board. Reconnect the 12 volt wires. Turn on the refrigerator. Locate pin #15 on the 16 pin board. #15 is the empty socket to the right of the white/violet wire on the top row. Using a insulated jumper short #15 to the board ground for 10-15 seconds you. Will hear a click sound indicate it reset. Plug back 115 volt wire
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When my Norcold 1200 dies I will probably replace the cooling unit with the JC Refrigeration compressor-type cooling unit.
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I have heard that is a good option. Our 1200 cooling unit failed a few years back, in Lake Havasu City. I think the shop that got the replacement and installed it was Cowboy RV, in Havasu. THEY WERE AWESOME!!!

All factors aside, my preference, in order, would be 1) residential, 2) 12 volt compressor like MSCampers is suggesting, and 3) replacement absorption unit.

Do you plan to do a lot of dry camping? If so, maybe the absorption is the best way to go, if you don't want to run your generator a fair amount or if you don't have a lot of solar on your roof.

Are you in a time crunch? There will be a fair amount of cabinet work on a residential. But the 12 volt compressor and absorption options should be able to be done fairly quickly. Absorption is pretty quick and easy, but you wind up with an absorption refrigerator.

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I replaced our norcold a couple months ago with a residential. Found a majic chef at lowes that fit our opening to a tee. We love it. Everything's nice and cold and more room also. 99% of the time we are on shore power. We have a generator for the 1%. Lol
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I replaced our norcold a couple months ago with a residential. Found a majic chef at lowes that fit our opening to a tee. We love it. Everything's nice and cold and more room also. 99% of the time we are on shore power. We have a generator for the 1%. Lol
Which model Norcold did you have? It might help someone if you could post your Norcold model along with the replacement you found.
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I've got a "Nevercold" 2118, that's the 4 door, top freezer 18 cu. ft. model and I've struggled with it since it was new....3 years ago. I've done the door flap mod, I've added twin fans in the rear upper vent to help move more air across the heat exchanger, and I've modded the thermistor.....and it still sucks.

In mid May, I will be making the trip to Shipshewana, IN to have JC refrigeration do the 12VDC twin compressor mod to it....fingers crossed!
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I was gonna try to edit my post and couldn't. The Norcold I had was an 811 model. So I went from 7.5 cu ft to the majic chef 10.1 cu ft.
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On my old Showhauler I replaced the Notcold 1200 (same as what OP sciblades has) with a residential Samsung RF18. Best thing I ever did. It did require some cabinet mods as the Samsung was a bit taller. But after done it has great cooling for both frig and freezer compartments. I think the biggest advantage of the res style is the recovery is much quicker. The Notcold just did not recover quick of you loaded it with room temp items. Even doing all the tricks like an internal fan over the fins, increasing airflow over the rear tubing, the Notcold just never could work that good.
Except for someone that does a lot of boon docking, there is no reason to fear a residential frig. I added another battery, and running tghe generator once a day would keep batteries charged up. The residential frig just does not use that much power. Especially compared to the ammonia style Notcold if in elec mode, the residential uses half or less of the power with far better results.
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