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Old 08-18-2018, 10:30 AM   #15
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We used a standard depth, GE top freezer model. The 14.4 cu ft model fit nicely and left enough space to add a thin pantry along side. A 1200 watt inverter was more than sufficient - the average fridge power draw is under 3 amps (actually about 300 watts). It runs from the same 4 batteries as my primary inverter. If your Allure already has a pure sine inverter, it's probably sufficient. If its MSW, I would add a PSW inverter but drive it off the OEM house battery bank. You will only need additional batteries if you spend more than 18-20 hours off grid and without generator use.
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Old 08-18-2018, 12:24 PM   #16
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We had a Samsung RF197 put in about 10 years ago. We run the OEM4 batteries and MSW 2000 watt inverter and have full timed in the rig the last 8 years. Fingers crossed- the 197 has performed flawlessly and no problem with MSW inverter. Absolutely best mod we have made. But we do not dry camp very often.
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Thanks everyone for your feed back. I'll post my final setup. Thanks, John
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Old 08-19-2018, 11:38 AM   #18
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We had a Samsung RF197 put in about 10 years ago. We run the OEM4 batteries and MSW 2000 watt inverter and have full timed in the rig the last 8 years. Fingers crossed- the 197 has performed flawlessly and no problem with MSW inverter. Absolutely best mod we have made. But we do not dry camp very often.
I second that, with the same solar we can sit on PCH in CA no prob.
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When our Norcold died, the Home Depot in Flagstaff, AZ recommended against purchasing a Samsung refrigerator from them because they said there was no one in Arizona who would service them. I don't know if that is true or not but they actively persuaded me to buy something else. I ended up with a Haier (the old GE) refrigerator and we are very happy with it.

In addition, I was lacking less than an inch of fitting the Samsung (vertically) without significantly more work because of the furnace under the refrigerator, so that also steered me to something other than the Samsung.
Hilarious - No appliance repair in Arizona for Samsung fridge!

However, the fridge not fitting in the hole was a good deciding factor.

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Time to replace Dometic NDR1402 w/Residential Refrigerator

I am stuck... Time to replace Dometic NDR1402 w/residential refrigerator. The Samsung RF18 looks great except it is to tall in my case. Fuse panel area underneath refrigerator base prevents lowering & installing RF18. Need refrigerator that could fit in:
66 1/2h (+2 1/2 if needed) x 32 3/4w x 26 1/2d space. Any thoughts?
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Over the years of reading here , I am sure thare are many happy users of RF18, then just like anything else with two sides, there are sme unhappy users too...

Is RF18 the only game in town? Obviously NOT. From highend Fisher n Paykel to low cost Haier etc.; From French door, top freezer to bottom freezer... All kind of flavors had their own audiences...

20 months ago I bought a Magic Chef 2 door bottom freezer from HD for $300 out of door (on clearance sale). I installed it myself. It turned out to be great for 24/7 with a little power consumption, and being super quiet. (I put the details on one of my blogs if anyone is interested in findng more info.)

Also one of the above posts said to affix the fridge to the back wall... For those who read this thread - No, don't do it that way - I even doubt how it could be done that way. The correct spots are bottom 4 corners to be anchored to the platform that supports it, and the two top front corners to be affixed to the cross bar or the adjacent side walls.

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I agree with docj post #14. Determine first if you need a counter depth unit because that will limit your choices greatly. Start there, you can put dimension criteria on most manufacturers websites to narrow it down. The issue on whether it will run on a MSW inverter is another factor if your not wanting to install one unless you already have one.
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An excellent resource is the website regardless of whether or not you have any interest in buying from them. The Madison website has lots of data about a very large number of models and it makes researching size a lot easier.
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