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Old 01-07-2009, 10:28 AM   #1
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We'll be hopefully replacing our aging appliances (swapping 14y.o. Dometic fridge for Norcold, and upgrading our coach's original hand-flush Thetford toilet for a newer version with a foot flush) in the next few months, and were hoping to save money by going the DIY route, if it's reasonable. Since we fulltime, it would also be nice to not be forced into a hotel for a few days while the shop muddles through.

How difficult is it to swap out an RV refrigerator or toilet--that is to say, what are the odds of screwing it up terribly if one is diligent? Any advice would be appreciated.
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We'll be hopefully replacing our aging appliances (swapping 14y.o. Dometic fridge for Norcold, and upgrading our coach's original hand-flush Thetford toilet for a newer version with a foot flush) in the next few months, and were hoping to save money by going the DIY route, if it's reasonable. Since we fulltime, it would also be nice to not be forced into a hotel for a few days while the shop muddles through.

How difficult is it to swap out an RV refrigerator or toilet--that is to say, what are the odds of screwing it up terribly if one is diligent? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:02 PM   #3
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For what it's worth, the dealer told me that most refrigerators have to be taken in and out by removing the windshield.
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Hi Incorrigible,
The toilet should be no problem for a DIY. The pipe sizes/fittings should be standard.

However, the refer is is bit different. Does your coach have a swing out window that is used for emergency exiting? If so the refer would, most likely, need to leave the coach using that window. If not, a window, somewhere, will need to come out. The new refer will enter the coach through the same opening. Consider getting the installation instructions for the new refer and understand how you will do what is required. Whoever installs the refer, watch to ensure the floor of the coach is dead level. Then make sure the refer level matches the floor level.
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The big fridge in my old Vectra easily fit out the door and after rebuilding easily fit back in.

I suspect all refrigerators will fit through the door opening. The dealer may have been trying to pad the bill.

Measure you door and check your fidge depth on Norcold's or Dometic's website.

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The shop had to do a little wood work to get a new fridge to fit in the old hole...I have no idea how they got the fridge in and out.
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What size is the refrigerator you now have and are you replacing with the same (as close to) size? The large Dometic side by side and the Norcold 4 door refrigerators have to go in and out through a larger opening than the door way most of the others will fit through.
The toilet should not be a problem but you may have to alter the water line to reach the connection on the new toilet.
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