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Old 07-21-2016
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I'm thinking about getting rid of my 3 way refrigerator and installing a 110 volt refrigerator. I know I would be sacrificing my propane side and12 volts but I find it hard to invest 1500 dollars or more for a motor home I only use once in a great while. I can buy a 10 cubic foot refrigerator for under 300 dollars and install it in the same spot where my old one is now. I would like to have some imput from anyone who has converted to this type of refrigerator. Jon
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awesome did it and will again!

ss model at lowes will fit that fc

run a little inverter if you want or the gen set 2 hrs a day and your good
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easy- done it in a dozen coaches
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I'm thinking about getting rid of my 3 way refrigerator and installing a 110 volt refrigerator. I know I would be sacrificing my propane side and12 volts but I find it hard to invest 1500 dollars or more for a motor home I only use once in a great while. I can buy a 10 cubic foot refrigerator for under 300 dollars and install it in the same spot where my old one is now. I would like to have some imput from anyone who has converted to this type of refrigerator. Jon
Did one a while back in our FC35. I am getting ready to do the exact same install in our PT36. Details start about post 61

We had less that $800.00 in the whole thing, stainless fridge, pure sine wave inverter and automatic transfer switch

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...t=21646&page=7
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You may not save the money you expected if you don't have a pure sign wave inverter. If you cheap out and go modified you may not be happy with the performance. But I've run this setup for 20+ years and will never go back to an "RV" style fridge.
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I like the house style fridges also,the only way to go.
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Ryan, on the install in the FC did you remove any upper cabinets or just cover them? I have a small cabinet over the Norcold and I wanted to make sure of what you did.
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Here's another reason to switch to home style units;
https://www.norcoldclassaction.com/Home.aspx
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I like the house style fridges also,the only way to go.
Yes, I believe there is a strong opinion around these parts that all electric is the only way to go. I certainly wouldn't go back either

As Mike said too, a pure sine wave inverter is the only way to go while making the fridge investment.

Stick. I had the small upper cabinet which had to be removed. The grill is actually functional in that the fridge heat from the rear coils escapes out the grill. The old fridge roof vent and access panel/hatch on the outside has to be sealed off too. I made up backstops to keep the new fridge from sliding too far back. Don't forget there will be some kind of strap affair made up to keep the new fridge door from swinging open while underway. I used a golf bag strap from a golf cart to secure mine
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We changed to a "$300" Home Depot 10 cu ft refrigerator 4 Years ago. Would not go back.
Much more room than the Dometic 8 cu ft. Holds 40 degrees, freezer below 0. Looks like it draws about 70 watts running, takes a lot more to start. Won't start with 300 watt pure sine wave, does OK with a 500 watt unit. Hardly runs at all in cool weather.

BTW we replaced the original Dometic three times is 12 years. After 2 failures I purchased the only extended warranty I've ever bought. Used it to replace the 3rd unit. The electric heater is "fused" to the tube attached to the boiler. I plan on fixing & selling.
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