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Old 01-23-2014, 03:46 PM   #253
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since installing our samsung right before turkey day
we have put just over 400 hard bumpy road miles on it
even made it through houston this morning heading to colorado river in columbus texas after a great week on Galveston island

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we left home base last monday before last and stuffed the freezer with provisions......after 10 days we still haven't made a dent in the freezer foods
yes we ate out some...but not that much
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Old 01-23-2014, 04:31 PM   #254
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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.

yes that it
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I spent a couple of hours today at the Houston RV show. Good way to spend some time on a wet rainy day here in Houston. No surprise all of the big class A motor homes have huge 3 door residential refrigerators and they looked great. There were no Dometic's or Norcolds in any of them. So for sure the industry has made a turn away from the old ammonia style fridge.
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Don,

They are in the business of selling RV's. They have seen the handwriting on the wall for awhile now so they know that their product will sell a lot faster with a residential fridge than it will with a firetrap RV fridge.

Residential fridges are now standard in a lot of RV's including 5ver's. The RV style fridge is now an option and a very expensive one at that.

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Don,

They are in the business of selling RV's. They have seen the handwriting on the wall for awhile now so they know that their product will sell a lot faster with a residential fridge than it will with a firetrap RV fridge.

Residential fridges are now standard in a lot of RV's including 5ver's. The RV style fridge is now an option and a very expensive one at that.

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Changing out my Dometic 2 door fridge is on my list this year. I wish I had room for the Samsung RF197, but I am lacking in height. So I will have to settle for a smaller 2 door residential fridge.
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Changing out my Dometic 2 door fridge is on my list this year. I wish I had room for the Samsung RF197, but I am lacking in height. So I will have to settle for a smaller 2 door residential fridge.
IMO, you aren't really settling. A 10cf residential reefer is still pretty substantial considering the square footage of an RV ... and a substantial improvement in efficiency. I don't really "need" a 20+ cf reefer in my home. The supermarket is 1 miles away ... they can keep it cold/frozen until I need it .
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IMO, you aren't really settling. A 10cf residential reefer is still pretty substantial considering the square footage of an RV ... and a substantial improvement in efficiency. I don't really "need" a 20+ cf reefer in my home. The supermarket is 1 miles away ... they can keep it cold/frozen until I need it .
You are right,thanks for bringing back to reality. It was just that New Motor Home Smell got me there for a while after going to the Houston RV show. They are so big and most of them also come with a freezer in the basement storage.
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Refrigerator outdoor vent

I had some luck, my MH had a 8.5 Dometic that I replaced with a whirlpool 11.0. My concern was the outside vent. I knew that Tiffin used Dometic refrig and used Norcold roof and back vent. I contacted Tiffin and they make a solid door replacement from .032 aluminum (mil finish) part #5011743. I will get a local body shop to prep and paint. I told a couple of my friends about it and they say they want to order one for winter, just change out with this with some insulation on back.
I picked mine up a factory (no shipping) for around $21 (with tax). The difference between Dometic and Norcold exterior vents (typically) is Norcold latches are on top and Dometic are on bottom.
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You are right,thanks for bringing back to reality. It was just that New Motor Home Smell got me there for a while after going to the Houston RV show. They are so big and most of them also come with a freezer in the basement storage.
Might need a Kegerator though
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I had some luck, my MH had a 8.5 Dometic that I replaced with a whirlpool 11.0. My concern was the outside vent. I knew that Tiffin used Dometic refrig and used Norcold roof and back vent. I contacted Tiffin and they make a solid door replacement from .032 aluminum (mil finish) part #5011743. I will get a local body shop to prep and paint. I told a couple of my friends about it and they say they want to order one for winter, just change out with this with some insulation on back.
I picked mine up a factory (no shipping) for around $21 (with tax). The difference between Dometic and Norcold exterior vents (typically) is Norcold latches are on top and Dometic are on bottom.
That price is actually pretty reasonable !!
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IMO, you aren't really settling. A 10cf residential reefer is still pretty substantial considering the square footage of an RV ... and a substantial improvement in efficiency. I don't really "need" a 20+ cf reefer in my home. The supermarket is 1 miles away ... they can keep it cold/frozen until I need it .

If the supermarket is only 1 mile away, you aren't camping yet... LOL

You don't need a huge res. fridge most of the time, but much of the food we eat is organic or "healthier" and it is very hard to find at regular supermarkets especially in far away places. Just another reason we like to carry as much as we can when we go anywhere. As long as it's a residential fridge, you will still be ahead.

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If the supermarket is only 1 mile away, you aren't camping yet... LOL

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But it's a rough crowd when you get there ... we seniors are always in the middle of the aisle with the cart on a diagonal
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Converting to a residential refrigerator is something I have been thinking about for a while, we'll while getting ready for a trip in about a month, I was in the MH when the wife came out and found the Dometic sitting on the floor. The old refrig is now out and the new Whirlpool 10.7 is sitting in the motorhome. It's not installed yet, but we went to look and our Local Best Buy had the black one in stock, and instead of unloading it out of my truck, I just backed the truck up to the door and wheeled it in on a plywood ramp, and wheeled the old one out. I still have some modifications to do to the cabinets but should have the installation done in a few more hours work. It's going in a 1994 Monaco Signature, so the fridge and cooktop are the only items that use gas. So next I'm thinking if I replace the gas cooktop with a electric cooktop, I can pull out that huge waste of space propane tank and add some more batteries. I'll try and post some pics when I get a chance.
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Converting to a residential refrigerator is something I have been thinking about for a while, we'll while getting ready for a trip in about a month, I was in the MH when the wife came out and found the Dometic sitting on the floor. The old refrig is now out and the new Whirlpool 10.7 is sitting in the motorhome. It's not installed yet, but we went to look and our Local Best Buy had the black one in stock, and instead of unloading it out of my truck, I just backed the truck up to the door and wheeled it in on a plywood ramp, and wheeled the old one out. I still have some modifications to do to the cabinets but should have the installation done in a few more hours work. It's going in a 1994 Monaco Signature, so the fridge and cooktop are the only items that use gas. So next I'm thinking if I replace the gas cooktop with a electric cooktop, I can pull out that huge waste of space propane tank and add some more batteries. I'll try and post some pics when I get a chance.
What about your Furnace and water heater?
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