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Dometic vs Norcold, diesel vs gas, Ford vs Chevy . . . .

I have a lead on a 1 year old Dometic 4 door fridge.  Specs say it's 1" wider and 3" deeper.  Height is the same.  It looks like I have 26" of depth and Dometic is looking for 27".  Total depth with handles is 29".  I really don't want it sticking out any more than necessary, but there's significant savings if it checks out ok. 

There's a kitchen wall on one side, bathroom wall on the other side but until I remove the Norcold I don't know how much "extra" I've got (if any).  I'm hoping I can trim 1/2" on each side.

Oh yeah, burner and flue are on the opposite side in the back, so would need to swap power outlets to the other side and re-align the propane supply line. 

Has anyone done this swap?

- bob

 

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Having spent war too much money on a NoCold 1200, no way would I put one in as the coils are the same size as the smaller 9 cuft units. I finally replaced mine with a 31cuft Whirlpool resulting in the best mod EVER!! Don’t know enough about a Dometic but it can’t be worse than a 1200. Good luck.
Yes, you can lay them on their sides… turning a 1200 upside down was one repair method although tapping on the coils did the same thing. The roof vent is 3’ long so I doubt it makes any difference which side the flue is on.

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From trunk to moho.  Hardest part was finding someone to help me lift the Dometic out of the SUV, lift the Norcold out the door (could slide it onto a dolly) and lift the Dometic into the moho and back onto the dolly.  I did have to remove both front seats and unhinge the door.  Still, it was a beast that didn't go quietly.  The Dometic was EXACTLY the same size (H-W-D) as the Norcold . . . ok, maybe an inch deeper into the hole.

I will say, the Dometic feels cheap.  Light weight doors, lots of plastic, door panels are paper thin inserts.  *BUT* for half the price of a JC Refrigeration (Amish) replacement coil I'm optimistic it'll do the job for years to come.

- bob

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I would have gone residential if I could have gotten one to fit.  Sure, a small apartment size would fit but that would look cheesy.

- bob

 

 

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