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Old 06-05-2008, 08:12 PM   #15
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One reason to use Dometic is that they make certain replacement sizes to fit into older refrigerator cabinets without modifications. Norcold does not offer this advantage.
NorCold refrigerators work very well, there is no reason other than the above mentioned to prefer one over the other.
Norcold makes and interesting compressor refrigerator for RV and marine use. It has a low 12V power requirement, and will run fine while off level. I believe it is 12V 120V compatible. This could be a good alternative for those that camp with solar, hookups, or simply tow enough to keep the 12V system energized. Compressor fridges cool faster, and are by nature safer to use than propane absorption fridges.
I have one of these fridges in my Gulfstream sprinter. Pluses are that it cools very quickly and there is absolutely no issue running off level. Cons are that it makes a bit of noise similar to the fridge in your home. It also sucks quite a lot of juice when running on 12v. I have 3 big batteries in the sprinter just to keep the fridge going. The original medium size battery that came with the coach was depleted in 24 hours or less when running the fridge. If I could choose, I would choose a 3 way fridge, but I think if I had to choose between propane and 12v I would choose propane, just for less worries with the batteries.

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Old 06-06-2008, 12:50 AM   #16
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I found this also.
http://www.dometic.com/03690825-eff9...f9af1eb7.fodoc
and got my model # right. The Norcold site refers me to a N410 but it is too tall I think.
the dometic cross reference seems too small. I'm going to try a little harder to fix it now.
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I have one of these fridges in my Gulfstream sprinter. Pluses are that it cools very quickly and there is absolutely no issue running off level. Cons are that it makes a bit of noise similar to the fridge in your home. It also sucks quite a lot of juice when running on 12v. I have 3 big batteries in the sprinter just to keep the fridge going. The original medium size battery that came with the coach was depleted in 24 hours or less when running the fridge. If I could choose, I would choose a 3 way fridge, but I think if I had to choose between propane and 12v I would choose propane, just for less worries with the batteries.

Mike
Mike, Thank you for sharing with the group...
I thin kthat the compressor only fridges are great if you have a healthy battery bank and at least 100W of solar power to keep everything in a happy-happy state...even while driving.
But, nevertheless, it is a viable option to mobile refrigeration, and possibly safer than an absorption fridge running o propane.
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:58 AM   #17
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You can get a replacement cooling unit for your existing fridge, they usually run about half the price of a new fridge, though.
IIRC, the fridge in your Argosy is an under the counter model that in theory should be easy to replace with a similar unit from Dometic.
I've called RVfridge, RVicebox, and rvrefrigeratorrepair (all .com's) None of them think they can repair my model, RM45. Or suggest 2 months or more and even then are not sure if they can do it. I guess I'm buying a new Dometic RM2351 (or the 3-way 2354) that is a smidge smaller. I'd rather spend $200 more than the repair just to be relatively certain it will work for awhile.

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according to this chart
http://www.dometic.com/71390b03-95e5...405775ef.fodoc
and cross referencing model RM45 I need 31 1/4H x 21 13/16W x 24D Which rings true to what I recall measuring (don't have the measurements handy). The new smaller unit is actually nearly the same cu-ft inside since they've improved materials/equipment since 1972. It really will not be too big a deal.
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