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Old 08-14-2011, 09:10 PM   #1
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Fridge is broken. I need some recommendations

My original fridge didn't work, so I went on Craigslist and bought a used one for $200. It has worked for 3 years and it is probably 15 years old. I am giving up on it. I could replace the cooling coil for $500, but I think I'm ready for a new one. What would you guys recommend and from where? I built my new cabinets with the thought that I would have to replace the fridge someday, so I should be able to fit any model. The ones that I was looking at are:

Dometic: DM3962, DM2862
Norcold N841 3-way

What would you recommend? and from where?

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Old 08-21-2011, 06:20 PM   #2
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I know that some of you, have gone through this process. Where are you? I am just looking for opinions on models and a pro / con for Norcold vs Dometic. I don't have a preference at this point.

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Old 08-21-2011, 06:53 PM   #3
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I have used the Norcold N510 a number of times now. Very nice fridge.
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I just purchased a new Dometic refirgerator. I have used Dometic products in the past and have always found them to be well made and reliable. I have never use a Norcold product and have on knowledge of their quality. When pricing you might want to look at Big Discount RV. They had the best unit price and shipping cost for the model I bought.
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I bought a new Dometic RM2820 Refrigerator last fall. I have installed it but not run it yet. I'm deep in building a new interior.

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Palomino Parts: 1047 E M86 - Colon, MI 49040 - 800 297 5830 or
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ridge is broken. I need some reccomendations

Greetings Eric!

I will start off by admitting that I have a great bias toward 3-way refrigerators . . . I wouldn't have anything else in my coach. My first true travel trailer was a 1980 Nomad Special Light Weight 17.5' coach (moved up from a 9' truck camper with an old-fashioned ice box) and it came standard with the 3-way refrigerator. From that experience, I learned the peace of mind of towing knowing that the LP gas tank valves were always in the off position.

When I purchased the new refrigerator for my Overlander nearly 10 years ago, I insisted that my Airstream dealer special order a new unit with 3-way for me as he only stocked the 2-way units. I have been thrilled with this unit . . . it is a Dometic and so long as it is pre-cooled on either LP or 120-volt it performs flawlessly on 12-volt while underway regardless of the weather conditions. Without question when the 33-year-old unit in my Minuet fails its replacement will be a 3-way as well - - or possibly even a 12-volt compressor model RV refrigerator depending upon which is the best buy.

I have never really developed a brand preference among RV Refrigerators. My few friends who have Norcold units are just as pleased with them as are my friends who have Dometic units.

Good luck with your investigation!

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new refer

I think I may also need a new fridge,mine smells like ammonia.Looks like I need an RM2820 based on size.
How hard is it to install one of these in an RV ?
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My original fridge didn't work, so I went on Craigslist and bought a used one for $200. It has worked for 3 years and it is probably 15 years old. I am giving up on it. I could replace the cooling coil for $500, but I think I'm ready for a new one. What would you guys recommend and from where? I built my new cabinets with the thought that I would have to replace the fridge someday, so I should be able to fit any model. The ones that I was looking at are:

Dometic: DM3962, DM2862
Norcold N841 3-way

What would you recommend? and from where?

Eric
Eric, Thanks for asking the question. We are also looking at the moment. This Is the unit that we just sold in our S.O.B. and also the cheapest source I have found. http://www.adventurerv.net/shopping_cart.php.We used it for 2 years and really liked it's size, it won't fit under the counter and is only 2-way.
I got this site from someone else on the forums that had just received there's.

The norcold looks to be the same size but in 3-way
Cost wise with shipping about $120 difference.
I may do the norcold now that I see the 2 models
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if you go three way you had better have good batteries to support it. Unless you are plugged in and converting to 12 volt that is. But that would be kind of counter intuitive right?
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Any recommendations on a good battery to run the refrigerator, I couldn't see using it on 12volt, except while driving, unless the gas was out for some reason?
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I just got a new Dometic and found my local RV dealer to be the best price, mainly due to shipping costs. I ordered a two way, they were out of those so sent me a three way. A bit of wire and I am in great shape! Didn't think about it until I read this post, but towing with the 12 volt for fridge and the truck charging the system is a great way to go down the road. never did like the idea of towing a flame.
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To install, there's six screws, two 12 volt wires, a 120 volt power cord to plug in, and a gas line to connect. Very easy.
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Fridge is broken. I need some recommendations

Greetings Doug!

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Eric, Thanks for asking the question. We are also looking at the moment. This Is the unit that we just sold in our S.O.B. and also the cheapest source I have found. http://www.adventurerv.net/shopping_cart.php.We used it for 2 years and really liked it's size, it won't fit under the counter and is only 2-way.
I got this site from someone else on the forums that had just received there's.

The norcold looks to be the same size but in 3-way
Cost wise with shipping about $120 difference.
I may do the norcold now that I see the 2 models
Doug
If I were in your situation, I would certainly give strong consideration to the 3-way RV refrigerator (a similar model should be available from Dometic as well). I have only had one travel trailer that I haven't had a 3-way refrigerator installed, and that is my Minuet . . . but it will join the 3-way team when its original Dometic dies. My first coach to have a 3-way refrigerator was my 1980 Nomad that I purchased new. Since 1980, I have been happily traveling with 3-way RV refrigerators and would never purchase a new RV refrigerator that wasn't 3-way. What I have learned over the past 30 years utilizing 3-way refrigerators is:
  1. It is very important to run a charge wire that is the heaviest that can be utilized with your tow vehicle/trailer connector.
  2. Always pre-cool the refrigerator on either 120-Volt AC or propane. The 12-volt option is best at maintaining cool once it has been achieved on one of the alternate fuels.
  3. A quality battery of the largest size that will fit in your battery compartment is also important. I haven't found the type to be critical, but fastidious maintenance will enhance the usefulness. Today, I have two AGM series 27 batteries in my Overlander; but I have never had any problem with my other coaches utilizing a single series 27 battery.
  4. It is also important to run a wire that is large enough to support the drain over the distance from the refrigerator to battery/power converter. The wire that is used to power the electronic controls on a modern 2-way RV refrigerator typically is not heavy enough to run the 12-volt cooling side of a 3-way refrigerator.
The peace of mind that I have traveling with the LP valves in the off position is priceless. I do not trust gas in any form so am very careful with its use in my coach . . . and do not worry about it in my home as it is all electric.

Good luck with your investigation!

Kevin

P.S.: There is another possibility when considering RV refrigerators, and one that I am considering as a possibility when my Minuet needs a new refrigerator . . . Norcold AD/DC Refrigerators.
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