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Old 04-09-2020, 12:22 AM   #1
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Replacing fridge

We would like to replace our Norcold 1200 with a residential refrigerator. Has anyone done this? We have a 2013 38GK. Would like suggestions or advice. If you replaced your fridge did you lose the drawer under or cabinet over? What refrigerator did you use? Thank you in advance.
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Old 04-09-2020, 01:25 AM   #2
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We replaced our Norcold with a Samsung RF18 series, two door fridge, bottom door freezer. Our dealer did the work. You also need an inverter to power it from batteries when not hooked up to shore power. I installed ours, but I was an electrician for 40 years. Some have not installed the inverter because they travel from park to park and the fridge is not powered up for less than 8 hours or so. Your choice.
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We replaced our Norcold with a Samsung RF18 series, two door fridge, bottom door freezer. Our dealer did the work. You also need an inverter to power it from batteries when not hooked up to shore power. I installed ours, but I was an electrician for 40 years. Some have not installed the inverter because they travel from park to park and the fridge is not powered up for less than 8 hours or so. Your choice.
Did you lose the bottom drawer or top cabinet? We do not move this RV.
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Old 04-09-2020, 02:26 AM   #4
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Just replaced my Norcold last week with a used Samsung RF197ACRS.

Yes you'll lose the bottom drawer. The fridges front leveling adjusters will sit on top of the trim on the floor. The causes the fridge to tilt more than I'd like so installed a additional piece of plywood under the back rollers. This leveled the fridge from front to back.

It's a tight fit with 1/2 each side of the fridge.

Used the hardwood face of the shelf that the fridge sat on less 1/4" to fill in the top. Just siliconed this to the top trim removed to remove the Norcold.

Careful removing the Norcold as it's very heavy and the trim along the bottom is lower than the bottom of the fridge and can easily destroy the flooring. I never removed the doors but would suggest it as it gives you that much more room. The heavy part is the cooling unit which is steel.

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Old 04-09-2020, 03:35 AM   #5
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As Gerard said, yes we lost the bottom drawer, which held the Dirt Devil in house vacuum, which we no longer use, due to it's horrible inconvenience. Top cabinet remains unchanged.
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Old 04-18-2020, 06:01 PM   #6
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we have a 2013 RE and the perfect replacement is the Samsung 18CF French door. Same measurements so it makes it easier. If yours has the drawer underneath take it out. Open the outside vents Ns use foam or whatever close them off. You might also have to move the electric socket from the side wall to the floor. Ant questions email me at skipperr53@gmail.com. best of luck. I did mine 2 yrs ago.
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We are original owners of 2012 Redwood 36FB. We've had good luck with rig so far but envy people with real/residential refrigerators. Did the dealer have to remove slide or island to install new refrigerator? Will you give a ball-park estimate for the upgrade? The picture really showed off the perfection of it. Thanks for posting.
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On our 2013 36RL we replaced the Nevercold about 4 years ago with a Samsung RF18. As said above by Skipperr, it’s an easy swap. I did the same thing he did. Remove the doors of both the old frig and the new frig and they will go out the door and the new one in. Just make sure you’ve got some strong people. In our case, the clearance to the island was fine. The frig doors miss it by about an inch and the freezer drawer is about an inch and a half away and we use a 3” block of foam to keep it closed when on the road.

Love this frig.
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How many batteries are you running? Did you locate inverter at battery location and run separate feed to spare on panel for breaker and then to frig? or
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Old 04-19-2020, 06:57 PM   #10
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We installed a Haier HRQ16N3BGS in place of our NorCold unit in our 2014 Redwood 38FL.
We were put on the Haier refrigerator model from another Redwood owner that had installed a Haier and liked it.
Prices have gone up a little but when we ordered our Haier a couple of years ago from Amazon, it was $900, free shipping and no sales tax, they delivered it right to our door.
The Haier is a 4 Door Refrigerator with two top Refrigerator doors and two bottom freezer doors. It does not come with a Ice Maker but we hardly ever use ice anyway so it was not big deal for us, plus less problems or stuff to go wrong and more space in the freezer.
It fits tight and works great, but you are right either you have to remove the bottom drawer or some have removed the top drawer and left the bottom drawer, either way works fine (wife did not want the refrigerator sitting higher making stuff harder to reach)

Refig before removal.jpeg

Refig Removed.jpeg

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Residential Refig installed.jpeg
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