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Old 10-03-2013, 10:44 AM   #113
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:08 PM   #114
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Thanks Jim, what 2500 PSW do you have (the cheap one)?
Well, it's a good one. Just an inverter. Sunforce brand, bought it from Costco for $450.00 - ish.
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:20 PM   #115
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I had a couple of guys take the old Dometic out today and we had to dismantle and tear it apart just to get it out the door. They must have put it in thru a window or with no slide installed when they manufactured the MH. It took at least 45 minutes and a great deal of effort on their part. I failed to cover the entry way dash area and got a couple of nicks and a scratch on it. Had no idea it was going to be that bad. Someone on this thread said they took theirs out by themselves. They must have had a mobile home not a motor home.... Or a gasser with a straight out side door. A DP MH has less room to maneuver with the door near the front windshield. I'm hoping a new fridge will be easier to get in.

I went to HD and was about to order the Samsung 197 but I had them call the manufacturer to see if the wheels could be removed giving me a little more space. They said no. They said I needed 70 1/8" height which doesn't agree with the documents on it. So I'm confused as often happens.

I'm actually considering removing the front furnace under the fridge to get all the room I need.

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They said I needed 70 1/8" height which doesn't agree with the documents on it. So I'm confused as often happens.
I installed our RF197 a couple of days ago. The opening I created was 70" and it was tight but it went in. The actual box is only 69" from the bottom of the rollers to the top of the fridge box. The hinge cover/control plastic is 1" tall. If you could move the controls off the top of the fridge you could get by with 69" plus a notch in the trim for the hinges. I had the height needed so I didn't look but you might be able to shorten the plastic that covers the top hinges and contains the controls. With a little work and some wiring to extend the controls you could probably move the controls to the side.
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Well, it's a good one. Just an inverter. Sunforce brand, bought it from Costco for $450.00 - ish.
I like buying from Costco because they back up the products they sell. But Costco doesn't sell Sunforce Inverters anymore and a lot of the reviews on Amazon are terrible. Xantrex ProWatt 2000 looks like a good choice, but a little less power for just over $400.

I ordered my Samsung R197 Platinum Stainless yesterday from HomeClick dot com. $1161 delivered. I've got a bunch of stuff under the Norcold that has to be relocated to get the additional 6-7 inches in height. Greatfully I have a brother with a cabinet shop and he'll easily crank out a professional job.

Still looking for anybody wanting a Norcold 1201 that works like new. Just come and pick it up in SoCal.
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I like buying from Costco because they back up the products they sell. But Costco doesn't sell Sunforce Inverters anymore and a lot of the reviews on Amazon are terrible. Xantrex ProWatt 2000 looks like a good choice, but a little less power for just over $400.

I ordered my Samsung R197 Platinum Stainless yesterday from HomeClick dot com. $1161 delivered. I've got a bunch of stuff under the Norcold that has to be relocated to get the additional 6-7 inches in height. Greatfully I have a brother with a cabinet shop and he'll easily crank out a professional job.

Still looking for anybody wanting a Norcold 1201 that works like new. Just come and pick it up in SoCal.
I found it.

SUNFORCE 2500 WATT PURE SINE WAVE INVERTER

It was $464.93, which included freight delivered to my door.

When my MSW inverter/charger failed, it was the inverter that failed. The charger still works fine. I was tempted to try to figure out how to hook the Sunforce inverter into the system and use the old charger. I'm not bright enough, started getting a headache, so I ordered a new Magnum PSW inverter/charger.
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I installed our RF197 a couple of days ago. The opening I created was 70" and it was tight but it went in. The actual box is only 69" from the bottom of the rollers to the top of the fridge box. The hinge cover/control plastic is 1" tall. If you could move the controls off the top of the fridge you could get by with 69" plus a notch in the trim for the hinges. I had the height needed so I didn't look but you might be able to shorten the plastic that covers the top hinges and contains the controls. With a little work and some wiring to extend the controls you could probably move the controls to the side.
Thanks for the info. This may help me.

I ordered the 197 from Home Depot today (in store) for $1118 including tax and delivery. It will be delivered on Tue.

I moved the steel plate down on top of the furnace and supported it at that level. I can still pull the furnace if needed but I can't go any lower without removing it completely. I have 69 3/4" to the ceiling. It will be tight but it sounds like the highest part is the hinge and cover. I may have to do something at the front top. I could possibly lower the front steel plate a little in the front but it's so heavy and rigid that may not be possible.

I also tore out part of the wall across from the fridge space to make it easier to get by and get it in. I will reconstruct it later (it was too narrow anyway without the new fridge). I also re-built the dolly so it is the right height to slide the new fridge in.

In my spare time I play golf, which I will do tomorrow AM.

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John,

Sure hope you are taking some photos along the journey so you can post your transition to the Samsung.

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Sure hope you are taking some photos along the journey so you can post your transition to the Samsung.

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I have taken some but they are on my smartphone and I need to figure the best way to transfer them to my PC. I tend to get caught up in the challenge of the task and forget to take the photos sometime, but I do have some I will try to get posted. I usually am eager to get started on a new project and forget the before pictures. Everything is in a state of transition: carpet has been removed up to bath area and I will wait till the fridge is in before working on the new floor plus I will have to rebuild the hall wall. We did not have any trips planned until later so I have time to get it all done. And oh yes, the tile in the kitchen--- I removed one tile and it took me at least 45 minutes to get it completely removed, with some plywood too. I will hire someone to do the other 12 or more. Life's too short to fight bonded materials.

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Old 10-03-2013, 07:33 PM   #122
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You wont be sorry by buying the Magnum. There is a reason why those units sold @ Canadian Tire, Costco, etc. are far less expensive.
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Sure hope you are taking some photos along the journey so you can post your transition to the Samsung.

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Well I remembered how to transfer files from phone to PC via USB connection.

Here are these so so phone pictures that almost always are out of focus. I have a really good digital SLR camera but I don't take it over to the storage lot so my phone does the taking. That's a serious piece of steel for a floor.....
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Here are some more of the hallway renovation. To make the hall wider.
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I have taken some but they are on my smartphone and I need to figure the best way to transfer them to my PC. I tend to get caught up in the challenge of the task and forget to take the photos sometime, but I do have some I will try to get posted...

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Even if you don't post photos, try to remember to document what you do with your phone or camera. Once people find out you installed a residential fridge, they will ask you questions. A picture is worth 1000 words as they say.
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How long is the power cord on the 197 and where does it start from on the back? I need to know how much I've got to work with to reach the inverter socket. Thanks.
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