Residential RV Fridge Swap: Upgrading from Norcold 2118 to Samsung RF18
The Norcold 2118 RV absorption refrigerator came standard in our RV. We used it for about three years, until we noticed our food was spoiling sooner than usual and our ice cream was feeling a bit soft. So, I started to periodically check the temperatures, and sure enough, the temps were creeping up a little too much during the warmest times of the day. Not good. I began to wonder if we were in for an RV fridge swap.
Troubleshooting our RV refrigerator
I started researching and troubleshooting until I finally found the source of our problem: an ammonia leak. This meant the fridge’s cooling unit was completely dead and couldn’t be repaired. So what now?
In my research, I discovered there were a few different options we had for solving our problem. We could do an RV fridge swap and get an exact replacement for over $5000 and hope it lasts longer than the original. Or, we could remove and replace the cooling unit with a new one from JC Refrigeration, for close to $2000…a considerable savings.
We could also convert the fridge to a 12V DC or 120V AC system with a conversion kit, also available from JC Refrigeration, for around $1600. Our last RV fridge swap option would be to get an entirely new, residential fridge for close to $1500. We ultimately decided to go that route, swapping out our Norcold unit for a residential refrigerator: the Samsung RF18.
RV fridge swap
In the video above, I take you through the troubleshooting steps I took to identify our specific problem. I also cover what repair and replacement options we had, and how much they cost. I dive into how we swapped out the fridges safely and easily, and finally, how we made back some of our money, and more!
Swapping to a residential fridge does take some planning, but with the help of the video above, an RV fridge swap is possible, and soon enough, it’ll all feel like water under the fridge. When your RV fridge isn’t cooling the way it should, it’s always best to chill out and come up with a well-thought-out plan before having a meltdown.
Remember, there’s absolutely no need to cry over spoiled milk, and that’s a cold hard fact. Don’t get cold feet…get a cold fridge!
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