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JTrac

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Posted: 09/08/13 04:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Scott16 wrote:

Just a quick question for all who have residential Fridge.
Do you or have you ordered the residential Fridge and removed the
norcold Fridge that comes in most Fifth Wheels. Or just order the
residential Fridge. Sorry if i High Jacked the thread from the op.
Thank you for your replies,
Scott


I've done both. The motorhome we sold before getting our Excel had a 12 cf Notcold that never would keep ice cream frozen and had widely varying fridge temps. After throwing out food several times and money at parts and additional venting I yanked it out and replaced it with a Samsung RF197. We have the same fridge in our Excel and it is a great rv friendly one with low power requirements. It works very well off our inverter and 2 6 volt batteries. We never dry camp so we are not concerned with running it for more than a day off the inverter. My ice cream is now frozen rock hard.


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avvidclif1 wrote:

Mine has 2 large vents in the side of the slide, top and bottom, of the fridge. It's not the freezer that's the problem, mine stays around 0 to 10. It's the fridge that gets warmer than I like, around 41-42. I want my beer at 33 deg.


Around 40 seems to be the norm from what I have read. Problem is that even when opened and closed quickly, the temp. rises and is slow to recover. My Dometic fridge does not have an adjustment of any kind. Someone posted a while back about a device called "Snip the Tip" which appears to be an easy mod. and allows adjustment. Haven't tried it. There should be a fan-maybe 2-behind the fridge. Make sure they work. I added an extra muffin fan to increase air flow. Helps in really hot weather.


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Posted: 09/08/13 09:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our Cardinal came with a 23 cubic inch residential side by side with ice and water through the door. It runs off battery through the inverter when not pluged in to shore power. While on the road the truck will keep the battery charged. it will run for 36 hours off the battery only. The inverter has an automatic transfer switch so it switches to shore power when pluged in. On our recent trip out west it worked flawlessly.


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If you have a Dometic fridge with thermistor adjuster try removing the thermistor from the holder and let it hang down between the shelf,your temperature should drop.Mine dropped to 35-36 measuring temp in a glass of water digital thermometer on the bottom shelf.I have two fans and the chimney effect to specs and also added a thermistor adjuster by Dinosaur which plugs into the board at bottom of fridge and thermistor and bypasses the thermistor to give some adjustment.I have it at warmest setting and fridge is around 33 degrees.Fridge as a domestic 2852.

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With out Dometic we have to be careful not to put freezable item near the fins as they will freeze if set too close. We have a couple fans moving the air around in the fridge. The freezer will keep ice cream rock hard, harder than I like actually. It's just a plain old RV fridge.

I do have 2 12volt fans mounted outside in the slide out vents for the fridge.

* This post was edited 09/11/13 11:04am by fj12ryder *


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We have a regular fridge in slide-out. 2 vents on the side of the camper and you can definetly hear the fridge run. Ice cream stays frozen and I can put food in the freezer and it will freeze.


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JTrac wrote:

Scott16 wrote:

Just a quick question for all who have residential Fridge.
Do you or have you ordered the residential Fridge and removed the
norcold Fridge that comes in most Fifth Wheels. Or just order the
residential Fridge. Sorry if i High Jacked the thread from the op.
Thank you for your replies,
Scott


I've done both. The motorhome we sold before getting our Excel had a 12 cf Notcold that never would keep ice cream frozen and had widely varying fridge temps. After throwing out food several times and money at parts and additional venting I yanked it out and replaced it with a Samsung RF197. We have the same fridge in our Excel and it is a great rv friendly one with low power requirements. It works very well off our inverter and 2 6 volt batteries. We never dry camp so we are not concerned with running it for more than a day off the inverter. My ice cream is now frozen rock hard.


Is the residential fridge larger then the RV type? and if so how did you get it in the coach door? Also how was the cost compared to the high priced RV fridge? thanks


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Posted: 09/11/13 12:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mine has two vents in the sidewall. One is mounted low for the burners and access to the mechanism and the actual vent itself is mound higher directly above it. No problems at all with the freezer..

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