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Old 01-18-2014, 11:27 AM   #239
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I keep adjusting the freezer temp up from the factory default -2 deg so I can get a spoon into the ice cream.
We have had our Samsung RF197 for nearly 3 years and love it. We occasionally experience the same "rock hard ice cream" issue and I believe it is related to the fact that the ice maker has the capability of lowering the "set temperature" in the freezer if it needs to make more ice. As a result, after an afternoon and evening of filling drink glasses the ice cream can be harder to scoop than it is in a morning when ice hasn't been used all night. This consistently seems to be the case with our unit; you might want to see if yours acts the same way.
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:39 PM   #240
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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
What is the model # of your Dometic. If it is what I call a single fridge compartment door and single freezer door,(roughly 11 cu ft or smaller) it's probably unlikely you can use the RF197 in the same space without extensive mods. We have a Dometic NDR1062 which is a 10 cubic ft and would have to replace it with a residential of similar dimensions. I believe most that have installed the RF197 had the 1200 series or larger NoColds or Dometic fridges.
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:09 PM   #241
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Whirlpool wil fit perfect,

Whirlpool 10.72 cu ft Top-Freezer Refrigerator (Black) also white

Model #:WRT111SFAB

HD & lowes $400
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Old 01-18-2014, 02:54 PM   #242
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What is the model # of your Dometic. If it is what I call a single fridge compartment door and single freezer door,(roughly 11 cu ft or smaller) it's probably unlikely you can use the RF197 in the same space without extensive mods. We have a Dometic NDR1062 which is a 10 cubic ft and would have to replace it with a residential of similar dimensions. I believe most that have installed the RF197 had the 1200 series or larger NoColds or Dometic fridges.
Yes it is the Dometic RM3662 with the upper freezer and lower fridge, 2 doors.
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Yes it is the Dometic RM3662 with the upper freezer and lower fridge, 2 doors.
If your set on a residential then the one mentioned by jimbo2013 in post #241 might work. Haier and frigidaire also has possible options:
Haier 10.3 cu ft apartment unit refrigerator - Bing

Frigidaire FFHT1513L 14.8 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator with 2 Sliding Wire Shelves, Store-More Gallon Door Bins, Full-Width Freezer Rack and Ready-Select Controls

Whirlpool 10.7 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator in Black-WRT111SFAB at The Home Depot

Not promoting either residential or rv fridges but it would appear that the cost of possibly replacing the cooling unit only on your existing unit with a new one appears to be around $635 +- and generally takes 3-4 hrs labor to install by a reputable shop. This could be a possible option if the rest of the existing fridge is in good + condition.

http://rvcoolingunit.com/RM3662-Bran...t-P613505.aspx David Force would be the one to call on this website.
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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

You might have a look at a Summit. There are a few reefers at AJmadison and others that will ship to your home. AJMadison has a "shop by size" feature ... be sure to fill in the range like 24" - 26", etc.

Summit CP133 9.5 cu. ft. Counter-Depth Top-Freezer Refrigerator with Adjustable Wire Shelves, Manual Defrost, Interior Light and Energy Efficient Design
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I just replaced my Dometic 8.5 cf with the whirlpool 10.7, fir right into 24" wide by 60" high space. I even purchased the ice maker since there was so much more room in the freezer. Check and make sure doors will open, they are about 3" thick. The unit is only 24" wide and went right through the door,
didn't have to remove a window. Hope this helps a little
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yes, Harry, forgot about the ice maker, I think this Whirlpool is good choice.
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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 started this thread last year and I am very happy with the Samsung RF197. It does require almost 70" in height and about 33" in width. Depth is a little under 25" without the door handles. About 27" with them. Depth may not be your problem but height and width may. I took out everything above the furnace and put down a 1/4 steel plate over it to support the fridge. It is thin but strong and gave me just enough room to get it in. I did have a side by side Dometic and height was my main issue to overcome.

You can find something smaller to fit the space you have but if you can get the extra space thru mods, you will be soooo happy with the bigger fridge.

Hope you find info from this thread to help you decide. This was one of the best decisions I have made for the MH. The other was the engineered wood flooring.

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I started this thread last year and I am very happy with the Samsung RF197. It does require almost 70" in height and about 33" in width. Depth is a little under 25" without the door handles. About 27" with them. Depth may not be your problem but height and width may. I took out everything above the furnace and put down a 1/4 steel plate over it to support the fridge. It is thin but strong and gave me just enough room to get it in. I did have a side by side Dometic and height was my main issue to overcome.

You can find something smaller to fit the space you have but if you can get the extra space thru mods, you will be soooo happy with the bigger fridge.

Hope you find info from this thread to help you decide. This was one of the best decisions I have made for the MH. The other was the engineered wood flooring.

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Thanks everyone for the input. It looks like I will need to look for a comparable size fridge when the time comes to replace the Dometic.
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Thanks everyone for the input. It looks like I will need to look for a comparable size fridge when the time comes to replace the Dometic.
I did verify today on the Dometic Recall web site that my Dometic HDR1062 fridge is covered in the Dometic Recall announced on 4/11/2008.

Official Dometic Recall - DometicUSA

It's possible that the previous owner of the coach had the recall repairs made prior to me purchasing the coach in 3/2013. But how can I tell if the recall repairs were made. I am not having any of the issues listed in the recall notice.

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Dometic will have that info. Give them the sn of the fridge when you call. Our rig, of which we are the 2nd owner, had the recall completed on our NDR1062 and the info was available when I called dometic to verify.
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About the Whirlpool 10.7 cu ft, they give the dimension without the doors as 21", NOT, that's the CABINET only, you need at least 24" because the condenser/ compressor adds 2 1/2". I took the door out while the guys from HD installed the icemaker. Then up and in it went to replace the Norcold.
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About the Whirlpool 10.7 cu ft, they give the dimension without the doors as 21", NOT, that's the CABINET only, you need at least 24" because the condenser/ compressor adds 2 1/2". I took the door out while the guys from HD installed the icemaker. Then up and in it went to replace the Norcold.

Is this it. Whirlpool® 11 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator (WRT111SFAW White) | Looks pretty nice and would fit my space without a real problem and only minor remodeling. Comes in stainless steel, white and black.
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