Originally Posted by Steve Hammel
I'm getting ready to redo an 1984 Scamp
19'. I'm not constrained by size, within reason, as I'm redoing most of the insides. My number one preference for a fridge
is the new Dometic rm8555. It is 7 cu ft with a removable icebox, less than 100 lbs, ultra mod looking, and is less than 21" wide which allows it to fit through my Scamp door without modification. On the downside it is almost $1400 at camping world. On ebay I found a brand new Norcold 400 for $599 plus $79 shipping to my front door. It is not bad looking but plain, only has 4.5 cu ft of storage and is almost 24" and might require a door mod to fit through to get inside. Any opinions on either of these. Has anyone had the Norcold 400? Why so cheap? Any other options that someone might rave about? I do want at least 4.5 cu ft of interior space.
Aside from the obvious difference in storage capacity, the Norcold 400 is a two-way fridge
, meaning that there's no installed 12v option. I myself wouldn't pay for this option, since on an absorption fridge 12v is really only practical for travel....battery consumption is much too high when stationary.
It looks to me like both units have "auto-changeover", which means that the unit will "select" propane
or electric operation itself. Some folks like that feature...
One thing you may want to investigate further:
I don't see an installation manual for either one, but given the description of controls/functions it does look to me like neither
of these fridges can be operated on propane
without some power for the controls...usually 12v.
Consumption for controls is relatively small- no comparison to the power needed for cooling. But this would be a dealbreaker for someone like me, a no-frills camper who uses electricity only for lights
Good luck shopping!