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Old 09-08-2019, 06:35 PM   #1
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Replace RV Fridge to Residential

Has anyone replace their RV style fridge with a residential style?
My Norcold 2118 uses so much electricity, to the point that at my seasonal site its an extra 50-60 a month just from the fridge, that I am considering removing it from my RV, selling it, and installing a residential style fridge that is much more efficient.
Any one done it before? Is it pretty straight forward, out with the old in with the new? Cap the propane line and be done with it?

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Old 09-08-2019, 07:02 PM   #2
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Replaced and loving it

We had the Norcold 2118 in our 2017 Montana 3820FK, and from day one we had nothing but trouble with it. We lost more "RV" enjoyment time from it, DW finally said enough. Had RV fridge pulled out by Modern Trailer Sales in Anderson, IN (still have it if anyone interested in parts), and bought a four door residential fridge that I installed. Problem solved.
Hardest part was securing to cabinet, but rigged tie down on floor of cabinet.
Should have ordered residential from beginning.
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Old 09-09-2019, 07:55 AM   #3
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Have helped two of my snowbird neighbors. It is straightforward. Some trim work will be required, in both instances where I helped, units were fifthwheels, standard entry doors, and both old and new frigs fit thru the door with frig doors removed. If a drawer under the frig, additional work to create a base likely required. Some cover the vents, we left open, capped the propane line. Hardest part was selection of a frig that would fit properly in the space. We found the rv frig to be heavier than the replacement, but two man job to get in and out.
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:07 AM   #4
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I think it's possible to do however you would need to install and inverter to supply 120v power to frig when on the road.
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:32 AM   #5
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Inverter is not a necessity, but rather a factor of how you travel. For shorter distances, frig will stay cold for a few hours and recool quickly. On a seasonal site not necessary,. but handy if you experience power outage. On the new installs I posted about, we did not install inverters, both bring units into Florida, one from Canada, one from PA. Both happy without inverters. When we go to Florida for the winter, we do 6 hour hops, use a bar frig we installed in the storage compartment, and don't even turn our RV frig on til we get there.
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:32 AM   #6
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Here's a link to a company that sells a 12 volt DC kit to retrofit a compressor based system into your existing rv refrigerator. No cabinet modifications or inverter required.

https://jc-refrigeration.com/products/
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:59 AM   #7
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Wow what a find. THANK you. I put this info in my folder for when my fridge goes out. Much better than trying to get a residential fridge to fit.
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:09 AM   #8
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Here's a link to a company that sells a 12 volt DC kit to retrofit a compressor based system into your existing rv refrigerator. No cabinet modifications or inverter required.

https://jc-refrigeration.com/products/
Edited: My bad...it is a 120 volt AC, so an inverter would be required.
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