Replacing Norcold fridge - size warning!
Just thought I'd share knowledge I gained quite painfully, in case anyone in the future does the same fridge replacement I did.
I have a 1994 EB, it had the 4CF Norcold DE-540 two way fridge (12v/120v) in it and, while it lasted 18 years, it finally died this year.
After some research, looking at the specs in detail, and talking to Sportsmobile I decided to order the newer version of that same fridge, the Norcold DE-0041. There are some cool new fridge ideas out there but I didn't want to have to make something fit in our tight cabinetry, so just went with the supposedly identically sized fridge... all specs are basically identical w/in about 1/4".
WELL... turns out it matters *where* the depths are greatest too... didn't see that coming. The DE-0041's greatest depth is near the top of the fridge, whereas the greatest depth on the DE-540 was near the bottom of the fridge. The new fridge was too deep at the top where the van walls were starting to curve in on the cabinetry space, leaving the fridge sticking out about 2".
Couldn't think of a ready solution so just framed the fridge in with it sticking out a little bit, honestly doesn't look too horrible but just wanted to share the warning:
EVEN THOUGH THE SPECS READ ALMOST THE SAME, the DE-0041 may not fit where a DE-540 did, especially if it's mounted higher up where the van sheet metal is curving inward.
If anyone's contemplating this switch or has questions they can contact me at:
b a s s @ c r o y s t . n e t