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Old 02-26-2015, 07:08 AM   #21
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Think it's going to be the Maytag as that seems be best French door fit


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Old 02-27-2015, 05:46 PM   #22
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Actually bought whirlpool 19.7 cu. as we will see next week on install and delivery.


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Old 03-06-2015, 03:23 AM   #23
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Well having to send the whirlpool back as too tall according to my RV installer as it 68.5 inches and what I thought was extra 6 inch space above current Dometic that sits on top of furnace is not open usable space but some type boxed topper to ceiling. He said I need around 64.5 so downsizing to a 15.1 cu GE which is a top freezer and smaller than 19.7 French door type that I wanted. Bummer


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Old 03-06-2015, 08:40 AM   #24
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I am also looking into a residential. My Dometic is over a furnace, probably like yours. Yes 64.5" is a comfortable fit as to a direct replacement to the current fridge. I was figuring to remove the wood above and place the new unit close to the ceiling. I'd like to put a 68.5" unit in and it appears that I may have to lower the floor above the furnace about an inch. Is there anyone out there with a similar setup that has put a 68.5" fridge in?
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Old 03-06-2015, 09:12 AM   #25
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According to my Rv tech he said the wood above cannot be removed as it has some type of purpose. Trying to find out if anyone knows as that is about 5 inches I could have used to install French door


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I just learned a lesson this very morning and my neighbor camper in an Allegro Bus learned it the hard way. He figured what fridge would fit and which window to get it in. However, his fridge is in a hallway and even with the fridge's doors off, it could not go into the hallway, so that it could be pushed into the cavity.

Texas Realtor, my 2012BH fridge is mid-ship, across from the TV. Just opposite the fridge is an l-shaped hallway which has a 33" width and a 23.25" width. Is yours the same? I do not know if a new fridge can be cocked enough to avoid the 23.25" wall.
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I am fixing to find out Monday as still going to try the whirlpool French door 68.5 high x 29.5 width.


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I am fixing to find out Monday as still going to try the whirlpool French door 68.5 high x 29.5 width.


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I wish you success and can't wait to hear. Is layout the same as what I mentioned in my post?
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I think mine sounds very similar. I will find out next few days. Will let you know


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Old 03-14-2015, 08:22 PM   #30
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Replace Dometic refrigerator with residential

Got the Dometic Refrigerator pulled out!! Bye bye crazy temps!! Added French door whirlpool. Found only one electric plug on wall behind where frig goes and it is not connected to inverter so guess I need to stay plugged in while parked or use generator on road to keep constant cool. Don't know why Forest River would not have that electrical box connected for inverter. Anyone know if that is GFCI plug as back vent opening conducive to rain or water getting to the frig plug??


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Old 03-15-2015, 09:34 AM   #31
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Do you know the size of your inverter? If you have the 1500 watt size, you will find that there are several outlets that are not connected to it. If you have the 2000 watt size, then all of the outlets will be connected to the inverter. In both my '08 and now in my '14, I have the 2000 watt inverter and all of my outlets work off of it.
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Old 03-15-2015, 09:51 AM   #32
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I have the magnum 1212 1200 watt inverter and when I called Forest River and told tech what I was doing he told me that size should handle for the new fridge but I just thought the one plug that was already back there would be connected to inverter as not sure how to make that connection and if difficult will electrician know how or do I now run som new wire?? Obviously not bright in electrical dept!


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Or new inverter?


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Old 03-15-2015, 10:10 AM   #34
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Not very savvy with electrical issues either but if the tech said it should handle it, just make sure that he knows that there may be other things running off the inverter at the same time. As I mentioned earlier, I have a 2000 watt inverter in my coach which has a residential refrigerator. I would think that you may want a larger inverter to be able to handle the electric load. Also, do you do a lot of dry camping? If not and you don't run too much off the inverter while travelling, you may, as the tech said, be fine with the inverter you have.
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I have never done this but how hard would it be to run a new line from the house battery to a small inverter just for the refrigerator?



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Prior to your installation, you had a lot of consternation about the fit. Now that it is in, can you please give some details such as the fridge model and what had to be done to fit it in. This will help me and probably a lot more. Thank You!
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Will do as I plan to take pictures once my trim guy puts final trim up around box. My RV tech was worried that it would not fit but it's 19.7 whirlpool French door and 29.5 inch wide which leaves inch or so on both sides and 68.5 total high. Goes all way up to ceiling as doors open great but not a papers width to ceiling. Removed the top trim that has a baffle in it above the Dometic but tons more space and past 5 days consistent 36 degree frig temp and 10 degree freezer. It sits on top of furnace base as I did not mess with that but imagine you could remodel that and get a few more height inches. It does stick out about 3 more inches than before as it is almost even now with my bunks when all slides are in but still opens fine with no issues. Key is the French door which is like side by side but very happy as now I need to figure out how to get that back plug connected to my inverter.


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Texas, thank you for the details and good luck on the inverter wiring issue. What model number was the Whirlpool and what year is your Berk? Please keep us posted on how you get the inverter wiring solved. Thank's for helping me and possibly many forum members.


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Old 03-20-2015, 02:30 PM   #39
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Whirlpool 19.7 model wrf560seym is what I bought. I looked at Fisher and Paykel 16.9 model rf17oadx4 but will fit almost perfect and maybe stick out inch but not 3 to 4 like whirlpool does. I just don't know anything about that company though. Whirlpool does have more space.


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