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Old 11-26-2013, 10:12 PM   #225
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left out the pics of the brackets on the bottom front edge
I took the rollers off of mine to gain a little more space and the tabs are bent back so I could gain max vertical clearance.

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Happy Holiday

We arrived back home last night from a quick trip to Dallas for a funeral before the holiday rush started. We would have taken the rig out this week but timing did not work out.

Hope all are safe and any travels are "uneventful".

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Old 11-27-2013, 11:15 AM   #227
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Just looking at the new 2014 Thor motor home online to get get some ideas on interior upgrades that I am considering on my coach. On this 2014 Tuscany it comes standard with a residential refrigerator. In looking at the gallery pics and the video it has a stainless steel model with the double upper doors and the lower pull out freezer. So it looks like the Motor Home Industry is moving away from the "RV" refrigerators as well.

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Got a 2014 Thor Palazzo here at the shop, it comes with a residential fridge - smaller double door. What I noticed first is No travel latches. Boy that would sure be a bummer to get your new coach home, loaded and have the refer fly open on the first, at speed turn... Maybe the dealer still has to put it on during the PDI, idk?
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:47 PM   #228
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Got a 2014 Thor Palazzo here at the shop, it comes with a residential fridge - smaller double door. What I noticed first is No travel latches. Boy that would sure be a bummer to get your new coach home, loaded and have the refer fly open on the first, at speed turn... Maybe the dealer still has to put it on during the PDI, idk?
There are a number of simple (and inexpensive) solutions in this thread. Hope they check them out.

I suppose the bigger and more expensive MHs will eventually have mostly residential major appliances and optional solar panels for the boondockers who want to be off the grid for a while. Generators have made that possible for a long time.

It started out that MHs were for camping but they are evolving into full time homes for many or part time homes for others. Many of the rest of us use them occasionally but want the feeling of home when we do go "camping". That's us. Glad we made our upgrades.

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Samsung RF197 latches. Curios what has been done to protect from spills on the floor while in motion. Also anyone used a samsung in 98 99 Eagle. Getting ready to do mine. Is it worth a couple thousand dollars to keep your ice cream hard ? Definitely !!
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Samsung RF197 latches. Curios what has been done to protect from spills on the floor while in motion. Also anyone used a samsung in 98 99 Eagle. Getting ready to do mine. Is it worth a couple thousand dollars to keep your ice cream hard ? Definitely !!
There are lots of ways to lock the upper doors; we're currently using a Velcro strap. Locking the freezer was a bit more difficult but this picture shows an extremely simple and effective solution.
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Samsung RF197 latches. Curios what has been done to protect from spills on the floor while in motion. Also anyone used a samsung in 98 99 Eagle. Getting ready to do mine. Is it worth a couple thousand dollars to keep your ice cream hard ? Definitely !!
If you do most of the work yourself (other than lifting, etc.), it should not cost that much. The 197 is only about $1100. Labor will increase the cost if you have someone else do the conversion. Then there is the fire factor concern that many have that would justify the switch. When my Dometic leaked ammonia, that was it. I did not hesitate. I use 2 simple bungies to keep the doors closed when travelling. Works perfectly (see pictures earlier in this thread). It's not just about the ice cream, it's not having to fiddle with all the things that will go wrong with an absorption unit, or compensating for what it won't do properly (adding fans, etc.).

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Follow this link to many pages (26 threads) of reading for a search of RF197 Installations. There are many many more than this depending on the word search used.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/search.php?searchid=5360948

Here are plenty more, 186 threads, when using a different word search criteria such as just RF197.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/search.php?searchid=5360957

After going through ALL of those threads, you will have PLENTY of valuable information to make a very informed decision about installation of a residential fridge in your coach, how to secure it and how to secure the doors for travel.

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Old 11-30-2013, 05:15 AM   #233
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Follow this link to many pages (26 threads) of reading for a search of RF197 Installations. There are many many more than this depending on the word search used.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/search.php?searchid=5360948

Here are plenty more, 186 threads, when using a different word search criteria such as just RF197.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/search.php?searchid=5360957

After going through ALL of those threads, you will have PLENTY of valuable information to make a very informed decision about installation of a residential fridge in your coach, how to secure it and how to secure the doors for travel.

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Hi Richard,

FYI, I tried those 2 links and got no matches.

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Sorry,

You're correct, John.

Evidently, the software won't let you copy a search link other than for your own purpose.

Therefore, for the person interested in reading those threads that I had found, simply use these two different word searches in the SEARCH BOX.

#1 - RF197 Installations

#2 - RF197

You will have plenty of reading for the weekend.

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Our rv came with the rf217 and during the pdi I happened to see little protection from the tipping issue, so asked the dealer the reinforce it and they did a super job... even to the point of putting an 'eyebrow' extension at the top to hide the hardware - wood and stain matched perfectly !

never considered that it might open while under way since it had velcro around the handles (see poor side view pic below), but it did one trip ! and closed on it's own (found some fridge stuff in the freezer !!!)

so went to Home Depot and bought some 2 or 3 inch wide velcro that holds the top doors fine !

but hadn't fixed the bottom freezer - I really like the idea of that pin for the freezer compartment !!! thanks !
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Oops... I posted this in the wrong thread. Can't delete it. Sorry.
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RF197 alternative?

My Dometic fridge in my 2005 Airstream DP is located on the passenger side of the coach sitting on a compartment where the furnace is. Here are my measurements, 60" high, 24" wide and a max depth of around 25". The RF197 will not work in the space I have available. With modifications to the side area I could add about 8 inches and could possibly add about 6 inches in height by modifying the compartment where the furnace is. But the 25" depth is is the max that I have.

My Dometic is still functioning fine but if I were to replace it is there an alternative to the Samsung RF197 that would fit? Thanks
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My Dometic fridge in my 2005 Airstream DP is located on the passenger side of the coach sitting on a compartment where the furnace is. Here are my measurements, 60" high, 24" wide and a max depth of around 25". The RF197 will not work in the space I have available. With modifications to the side area I could add about 8 inches and could possibly add about 6 inches in height by modifying the compartment where the furnace is. But the 25" depth is is the max that I have.

My Dometic is still functioning fine but if I were to replace it is there an alternative to the Samsung RF197 that would fit? Thanks
I'm not sure that depth is a problem for you. Here's the specs I copied from the Samsung Installation Manual. The depth of the box is only 24 3/8. Also the height in the back is shorter which helps as the roof/ceiling curves down. Been fulltiming for a month now and the Samsung holds so much more food at a very stable temperature. I keep adjusting the freezer temp up from the factory default -2 deg so I can get a spoon into the ice cream.

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