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Old 05-15-2017
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"...Of the best laid plans of mice an men..."

It appears our local appliance distributor lost my Samsung refrigerator. Originally scheduled to be delivered April 26, 2017. No show - no call.

I had to call and remind him each week until it magically showed up at our house on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 6 PM. The delivery guys failed to read the paperwork before they left the warehouse...imagine their surprise when they learned they had to remove the old Dometic and carry the new Samsung into the coach.

I have to give them credit, they were game little troopers. They carefully removed the old refrigerator...with no scratches or damage to the coach. I had to help, (kudos to Kurt Horvath I have to give you credit, you did it by yourself!).

Unboxing the new RF18HFENBSR, I noticed there wasn't the little box on top of the regrigerator. I checked the paperwork and the ID plate in the refrigerator...correct model numbers, same dimensions, etc...interesting. An internet search revealed several users that did not have the box on top.

I wonder what the box on the top does?

Back to the install...delivery guys removed the doors, freezer bin and carried the frig into the coach. Again, no scratches or damage to the coach. Followed Kurts advice and removed the passenger seat, it made the whole loading experience go much smoother. The guys plugged it in, slid the frig into place and reinstalled the doors. Woohoo!

My friend Bill is an excellent finish carpenter, he looked over all the parts I removed and created a frame and door for the storage area above the refrigerator. Pretty slick!
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Bill installed a cleat at the front of the frig to prevent movement. On top, he constructed a frame of 1"X2" wood to prevent side-to-side and forward movement. He used the former storage box bottom, top & sides (with the gray carpet) for the new storage box, 24+ inches deep, approximately 33+ inches wide, 6 1/2 inches tall.

The doors swing up like the storage door above the convection microwave.

Nice!
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Nice install. What are you using to keep the doors closed while moving???
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Certainly looks beautiful.

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Nice install. What are you using to keep the doors closed while moving???
Rick,

I would like to replicate the stainless handle idea that you simply twist up to hold the frig and freezer doors secure.
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Very nice and neat. Hope you have enough room at the top to vent out the hot air.
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Very nice and neat. Hope you have enough room at the top to vent out the hot air.
That would be my concern too. These fridges are air in the bottom & air out the top. That's why I left an opening at the very top and sacrificed a bit of cabinet space (there's a small cab at the bottom). If temps inside the coach are HOT the fridge faults & will not cool down - period. Anything around 95F will cause problems. General rule is if you're uncomfortable, the Samsung will be too. Blocking the air flow will likely make that even worse. Also, watch the power transfers. My sometimes will go into fault mode on a power transfer and I've gotten into the habit of checking. The way to tell is there are no temps displayed on the control panel. To reset, press both fridge & freezer Power Cool buttons at the same time and hold for about 10'sec, until the temp displays reset. Not a big deal, but in fault mode the box temps will start rising if you don't reset.

Wish I'd thought of getting the delivery guys to pull & install. Hope you tipped them well!
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In two years I've never seen an issue with our Samsung installation, and we've spent time in hot temperatures (Arizona & Florida) and the ceiling vent is sealed, and there aren't any shims on the sides or top, fridge just sits on the original deck, this is after 20k miles so far..
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Good looking install..,
I wonder why no control box on top? That is certainly new, or different.
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