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Old 06-14-2021, 04:13 PM   #1
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Replacing fridge

Hi all:
Our Norcold Fridge DE/EV 0041 either needs a new thermostat, or if that doesn't work, a new control panel. About $1,000 in repairs. It's even a gamble that will do the job on the 3-year-old fridge. It's a lemon.
Option is to replace it with the same fridge $1,500 plus labor or a Dometic for $1,726 plus labor.
Any opinions on Norcold vs. Dometic? Both are AC/DC.
Lots of money but you need a fridge, right?
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Old 06-14-2021, 05:00 PM   #2
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Well if your Norcold only lasted 3 years, I would take them off the list immediately!

I have a Nova Kool that is 22 years old - still works perfectly. Might want to check them out.
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Thanks, will look into Nova
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Check out Truckfridge, lots of us have either replaced our old nocold or installed these in new builds.
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Check out Truckfridge, lots of us have either replaced our old nocold or installed these in new builds.

Double thumbs up on truckfridge.
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This was a very useful thread when I replaced my refrigerator and one of the posts references charts to compare sizes across manufactures.

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/fo...ion-28067.html

Also x3 on TruckFridge.
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Assuming itís not a propane model, if youíre replacing with the same frig itís an incredibly simple DIY. Just unscrew a few screws in the flanges and itís pulls right out.
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Thanks for the help.
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Old 06-20-2021, 10:01 AM   #9
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Isotherm for the win. I paid a local RV shop to pull the old Norcold and I installed the Isotherm myself. Add extra vents for the newer, more efficient units per instructions.
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Isotherm for the win. I paid a local RV shop to pull the old Norcold and I installed the Isotherm myself. Add extra vents for the newer, more efficient units per instructions.
Just FYI, Isotherm and Truckfridge are the same.

https://www.indelwebastomarine.com/us/

Truckfridge makes no fridges. They have always been rebranded IndelB and Vitrifrigo units. Many of these companies are in bed together these days and just selling rebrands of eachother's designs. This is fine of course IMO. I'm not trying to split hairs, just to help people understand.

In this case, A Truckfridge or Isotherm is an IndelB. Sometimes it's obvious, sometimes the door style or design is different.

I prefer Truckfridge because they've always had the best prices on what I needed. I have, so far, purchased I think 5 Truckfridge TF130's. One has been running 24/7 in my work truck for about 3.5 years.

Dometic, for their part, is buying up everyone. I have no idea which of the many DC fridges these days are Dometics with different names.....or vice versa.

If you are looking for a fridge look at the compressor brand and specs. The best two are Secop (was Danfoss long ago) which is in Indel and Vitrifrigo and many others and the Swing compressor in Engel fridges.
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