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RE: Replacing a Norcold 1200 with a residential

Joel, Your Thunder looks similar to mine. Did the Samsung fit through your entry door with the doors and drawer removed or did it have to go through a window? Also, do the door handles hang out to far? My floorplan is a Monticelo so with the slide out I think no problem. Thanks Marty We didn't try to bring it through the door. The folks who did the remodeling hired someone to remove and replace the right windshield. The swap was done in a single afternoon. The door handles don't stick out all that far. They look like this: http://weisstravels.com/resources/new+fridge+reduced.jpg They didn't fool with the windshield on ours. They brought it in thru the side window above our dinette. They use a fork lift to remove the old one and to bring the Samsung in. So glad I didn't try to do this myself.
nemo45 03/25/14 09:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing a Norcold 1200 with a residential

Samsung rf197. Perfect fit in width and depth, plus only about 2" taller than the Nocold 1200. Really nice to have "frozen" ice cream and "cold" beer. LOL. X2; another vote for the Samsung RF197! Best improvement we've made. Same with us. the best improvement we ever made on our coach. And even with installation cheaper than a new norcold 1200 or dometic.
nemo45 03/25/14 09:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need help Norcold 1200 with a Amish cooling unit

Lets see...you have to take your windshield out in order to get the home type frig in the coach right ?.......ehh no I'm not going there. Thank you very much.. Our 18 yr old Norcold 1200 is serving us very well to this day..Its just as efficient as our home refer.when it goes I'll get it fixed or buy one that fits through the door..Taking your coach apart to fit the home type refer in is sheer insanity.Now if they have one that fits through the door of course thats a different story.. It depends on the rig. On mine they took out a side window. I took maybe 45 minutes total in and out. That includes recaulking. I think the reinstall was better than the original. Not sheer insanity. The best single improvement we ever made to our Tour Master.
nemo45 03/07/14 08:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Goodyear RV 670 vs Michelin XZE

Man that sounds way too expensive. There are allot of other great options out there. I just replaced my Good Years with Hankook AH11`s for $275 per tire (Mine uses 245/70R 19.5) I just had a tire dealer that sells Hankooks tell me that they quit making AH11's and nobody in our area, the Rio Grande Valley, has them. Wonder if he was being truthful? Besides, if the OP is spending over $500 a tire he is probably talking about 22.5" tires. There's a lot more rubber in those.
nemo45 03/06/14 09:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking at new Gasser

The ride and engine noise now in the back would make me never move back to my Winnebago gasser Actually my fuel cost per mile computed given current Oregon pricing is .05 per mile less on my diesel, the price is 20% more per gallon but I am getting 33% better fuel economy 7 vs 9.3 mpg now Ditto! Also the fact that I can actually use my cruise control with my diesel pusher. Is this another myth from the DP crowd? :B I cruise at 70MPH with the toad and WITH the cruise control and can match the 9MPG if I want to loaf along in the right lane at 55-60. I am retired and realize that my time left is limited so I prefer to spend the time at my destination rather than sitting in the right lane trying to save a few pennies. Give me a break! I had a 37-1/2 gasser and drove it at 62 mph, which is what I drive the diesel at, and I never ever hit 9 miles per gallon. The highest I ever got was 8.2 and that was flat land with absolutely no wind. Most the time if it wasn't real windy I got around 7.2 with the gasser. One tank with the diesel and a tail wind I hit 9.8 mpg. This is with an Equinox toad. I had a scan gauge on both the gasser and the diesel and I am going by the average mpg which I zero at every fill. As Will Sonnet said "no brag, just fact". We never travel more than 350 miles a day and I can do that at 62 mph just as easy as 70. Your talking about 36 minutes difference. The point I was trying to make was that for the difference in cost for gas and diesel and maintainance, it is a push, because of the better fuel economy with the DP. So why put up with the gasser? While we liked the floor of our Georgetown gasser you could never get us to go back to one just for the difference in the ride and the noise and the fact that it doesn't sound like its going to explode trying to maintain 62 mph going up a small hill while in cruise control. Wow, and in no way is this even remotely true "for the difference in cost for gas and diesel and maintenance, it is a push, because of the better fuel economy with the DP." Power to weight has a lot to do with mpg, and sorry but, they are closer than you will ever believe. You would have to drive 100,000 miles a year for 10 years to recoup anything if at all and hope you don't have any $$$$$$$ repairs. So I say why pay more for fuel, more for maintenance, more for repairs that goes with owning a diesel when a gasser can do everything the same but tow more than 5000lbs. BTW your last sentence? Ever been behind a diesel going uphill, or stand outside one just idling. Guess not. I hate to burst your economy minded bubble, but I paid $6000 less for my used diesel pusher that I did for my new gasser. I've driven up hills with both my gasser and my diesel and the diesel is every bit as strong going up hill as the gasser was. I have passed both gasser motorhomes and semis going uphill with my DP. Since I don't stand outside the DP while I am driving it I don't particularly care what it sounds like out side and behind me. I'm not trying to justify anything, just simply stating my observations as far as fuel economy between the two. And, even if they got the same mpg I'd still go with the DP because of the better and quieter ride.
nemo45 03/05/14 09:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking at new Gasser

The ride and engine noise now in the back would make me never move back to my Winnebago gasser Actually my fuel cost per mile computed given current Oregon pricing is .05 per mile less on my diesel, the price is 20% more per gallon but I am getting 33% better fuel economy 7 vs 9.3 mpg now Ditto! Also the fact that I can actually use my cruise control with my diesel pusher. Is this another myth from the DP crowd? :B I cruise at 70MPH with the toad and WITH the cruise control and can match the 9MPG if I want to loaf along in the right lane at 55-60. I am retired and realize that my time left is limited so I prefer to spend the time at my destination rather than sitting in the right lane trying to save a few pennies. Give me a break! I had a 37-1/2 gasser and drove it at 62 mph, which is what I drive the diesel at, and I never ever hit 9 miles per gallon. The highest I ever got was 8.2 and that was flat land with absolutely no wind. Most the time if it wasn't real windy I got around 7.2 with the gasser. One tank with the diesel and a tail wind I hit 9.8 mpg. This is with an Equinox toad. I had a scan gauge on both the gasser and the diesel and I am going by the average mpg which I zero at every fill. As Will Sonnet said "no brag, just fact". We never travel more than 350 miles a day and I can do that at 62 mph just as easy as 70. Your talking about 36 minutes difference. The point I was trying to make was that for the difference in cost for gas and diesel and maintainance, it is a push, because of the better fuel economy with the DP. So why put up with the gasser? While we liked the floor of our Georgetown gasser you could never get us to go back to one just for the difference in the ride and the noise and the fact that it doesn't sound like its going to explode trying to maintain 62 mph going up a small hill while in cruise control.
nemo45 03/04/14 01:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need help Norcold 1200 with a Amish cooling unit

For those reading this with a NorCold 12xx: As DSDP Don said, there are two different thermistors and yes I bought the correct one as a spare several years ago for $15. It's easy enough to check your thermistor by holding the Temp and Mode buttons down until you get 1 and then using the Mode go to #3 where it will show the temp of your fins. I found a NorCold PN 628661 control board on Ebay for $100. Should be here this week. My inverter/Charger is a Xantrex Trace RV2012 2000W and there really is a 33% reduction in charger output using the generator and I'm not the only one with this problem. If my charger would put out 70 amps for more than 15 minutes that would be fine but at 40 amps it takes three hours to get to float charging on a 800AH battery bank from more than 50%. Another 04 Dynasty owner's numbers were even worse and installing a PSW I/C solved the problem. Granted I can buy a lot of diesel instead of an new bigger I/C but in most of the places I stay, I already stick out. Put a pencil to it, $2000 at $3.65/gal. for diesel is 548 gallons. Would it be worth it? Not when you figure while you are running the generator the refrigerator and all other appliances are running off of it too and not the inverter. Three hours to charge your batteries from 50% doesn't seem out of line to me. Don't get what you mean by "sticking out". Here's hoping a new board will take care of your problem, cause if it doesn't I think a Samsung is in the offing.
nemo45 03/04/14 11:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire brand recommendation.

Take a look at the Hankook AH-11. One of the best prices, SMOOTH ride, handles well and is holding up well. X-2 those babies gave me a much smoother ride. The Hankooks are made in factories all over the world including the U.S.Tires and which ones to buy is like arguing which tooth paste to use. I would stick with name brand ones and not some off the wall brand you never heard of before.A lot of people use Hankooks and are happy with them. I personally won't use anything else. Great tires at a reasonable price.......... And no I'm not a Hankook salesman.Correction...Hankook will open a plant in Clarksville Tn and employ 1500 American workers. Opening date ? Sometime in 2016.. I am looking at Hankook AH-11 to replace the Goodyear 265/70/22.5's I have now. What size AH-11 would be best for this. By the chart it looks to me like it would be the 12R22.5's.
nemo45 03/04/14 10:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking at new Gasser

The ride and engine noise now in the back would make me never move back to my Winnebago gasser Actually my fuel cost per mile computed given current Oregon pricing is .05 per mile less on my diesel, the price is 20% more per gallon but I am getting 33% better fuel economy 7 vs 9.3 mpg now Ditto! Also the fact that I can actually use my cruise control with my diesel pusher.
nemo45 03/04/14 09:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need help Norcold 1200 with a Amish cooling unit

Ivylog....Sorry...I didn't mean to side track the post with the residential refer. I did a BUNCH of stuff to my Norcold to make it perform at a reasonable level. Something I learned by accident was there are two different thermistors for that refer. I was cruising websites looking to buy a thermistor one day and found a site that asked for the serial number. Apparently, there are two identical looking thermistors for the Norcold, but different part numbers. I ordered the correct one and my refer worked well again for awhile. Sorry, I can't remember the website. I also added two additional computer fans to the exterior and one of the double fans to the interior. In weather under 90 degrees the refer would stay about 34 inside, but NEVER kept ice cream frozen, even though it made ice quickly. As I said, sorry about distracting the post, but the Samsung was the best single improvement ever in my coach. All of the people on the Monaco forums installed it with the MSW inverter and four batteries and are doing just fine. I also think your idea of the costs to convert are a little high. You can get the SS model for $1209 OTD. If you can do your own install, just a few dollars in parts. Your charger issues don't make sense to me and if it's not working properly it seems it would be an issue for other things in your rig. Ivylog, I too apologize for getting off topic. I was just trying to convince you to quit putting good money after bad with the Norcold and bite the bullet and get the Samsung. You, won't be sorry. I agree with DSDP Don. The Samsung was the best single improvement we did to our Tour Master. I tried the computer fans in the back and the one inside and there was some improvement. But still when it got up around 90 deg. the temp inside the refer would go up to at least the mid 40's. I tried changing the fin the thermistor was on to no avail. A repairman told me that if the thermistor was bad it would get too cold in the refer. He said my problem was a weak cooling unit. Basically, I just got tired of fooling around with the No Cold. After looking at the charts that are in the Xantex manual the 3 stage inverter charger will not put out close to 100 amps until the batteries (which would be two of them) get down to 11 volts. At 50% battery charge I think 30 to 40 amps would be proper. The fact that it is a 3 stage charger would be the reason the charge rates would change after charging for a while. This is also evident in the charts that are in the manual. And finally, $1209 is exactly what I would have paid for my Samsung without the $60 delivery charge. I know its a hard thing to do when you've already spent the money on the Amish cooling unit, but we sure love ours.
nemo45 03/04/14 09:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need help Norcold 1200 with a Amish cooling unit

For what it's worth??? We boondock a lot and until last week I had never used shore power to bring my batteries back up... always with the 10K generator. My 100 amp charger has never put out more than 70amps with my batteries at 50% and then only for 10-15 minutes on a 800AH temp regulated bank. Last week I ran them down to 70% and then charged using the generator 30amps and shore power 42amps which explains why I've never gotten 100 amps. Some type of imbalance with the sine wave from the generator and the charger's restive load. I don't get it. Why do you think your charger should put out more than 70 amps when the batteries are at 50% even if it is capable of 100 amps? Isn't it doing the job and getting the batteries back up to 100%. The charger certainly doesn't draw 100 amps to put out 100 amps of charge.
nemo45 03/03/14 05:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: trip to Iowa concerns!

I will be heading to Iowa to HWH factory for a jack upgrade on my Beaver DP the beginning of July. Only time that they have available that month. Question is, I am going to be headed that way the 2nd of July so will be traveling over the 4th weekend. Is it best just to wing it,stop at truck stops on the way... as all RV parks have 3 day reservations only that weekend so 1 night stays aren't going to work. Plan on three days to get there from Florida and arrive the 5th, but have a reservation at a close by park for the weekend...Sat-Sun-Monday.... You worry too much.
nemo45 03/03/14 01:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need help Norcold 1200 with a Amish cooling unit

I realize the Samsung has a DC compressor so no need of PSW. With the additional power needs and a charger that will not put out the 100 amps it's supposed too I would either have to split my battery bank and add another inverter/charger or go with a bigger inverter charger. I would opt for the larger PSW inverter/charger as from my reading it would work better with my generator and come closer to putting out 140amps. If I was buying a newer MH I would opt for the home refer ASSUMING it has plenty of batteries and plenty of charging off the generator. PS: I cannot find any 197's for less than $1400 plus $50 sales tax so sorry if I was off by $50.:W PSS: I still have my auto fire system and smoke detector mounted from the NoCool firebomb days. You are right about the price they have listed on the Samsung 197 at Sears online, it was $1399. But, when I went to checkout on online, Sears was offering a 15% discount on major appliances. That made it $1189. Delivery to the Sears store was free. I then had it delivered to the place that installed it in my motorhome. That made it $1269 total. I could have gone to the store and got it and saved the delivery charge but alas no pickup or trailer. We had this done last July. My motorhome has 8 batteries. Two 12V starting batteries, two 12V house batteries charged by a converter, and four 6V batteries dedicated to the inverter circuit only. They are not used as house batteries. I have no problem maintaining a charge on the inverter batteries whether with the generator or shore power. I don't really think you would either. Although, I've never checked the output of the inverter charger. Even so, with my Xantex inverter, I would have to switch the inverter to charge to charge the inverter batteries, so the Samsung and all other equipment on the inverter circuit would be running off the generator anyway. But then, we are full timers and very seldom boondock unless its at a Walmart overnight and after a day of traveling I usually run the generator until we go to bed and then use the inverter until we get up. I do have two friends that have the Xantex 2000W inverter that use the 6V batteries as house batteries and they both have had no problems with their Samsungs and maintaining a charge on those batteries. One has a 2004 HR Endeavor and the other a 2008 Alfa See Ya.
nemo45 03/03/14 01:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need help Norcold 1200 with a Amish cooling unit

Easy one first... C Rainbirds your problem is a bad thermistor ($25 on Ebay). Since you can put it on 1 you can check using the display on the door by down loading this. Section 9 page 75. DSDP Don, This problem has nothing to do with the Amish cooling unit as the control board is still NorCold. If I'd known three years ago what I just learned this past week I might have gone home refer instead of a Amish cooling unit. We boondock often and my 2000W Xantrax inverter/charger will only charge 70 amps for five minutes then it drops down to 40 or less on my 800AH battery bank. Turns out there is a 33% decrease in charging using the generator over shore power. So yes IF I'd spent $2000 on a new 3000W inverter charger, #1500 on the Samsung, and $1000 on making room for it plus getting it in I'm sure I'd be happier than the $1200 for the Amish cooling unit installed and now $145 for a new control board... MAYBE. Why Maybe? I've been able to move the thermistor from the fins to the side of the case near the door and have tricked the control board into working OK getting a reading of 35 instead of 25 from the thermistor. I'll go ahead and buy the new board and add it or the old one to my large supply of parts. Now if I can remember were I've stored some of them. You don't have to spend $2000 for a 3000W inverter. Our Samsung works very well on our original 2000W Xantex inverter and you don't need a sine wave inverter either. We paid $1269 for our Samsung from Sears, delivered. It did cost us $1000 to have the Norcold taken out and the Samsung installed. But, it is so worth it. The Samsung works great and the extra freezer room is amazing. Plus it looks great. Now we are using our inverter every time we travel and we hardly ever used it before, plus saving on propane. We are so happy we went this route.
nemo45 03/03/14 09:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Antenna question...

I had a 2003 batwing, and I could not receive anything!! Then you had a broken antenna, that's the only way a Jack outperforms a Batwing. Any broken antenna is a boat anchor until you fix it. That may not be true. I can tell you that I purchased a jack and it does outperform my original batwing, that worked great on analog signals and just ok on digital, and that could be because it's not as directional. It wasn't broken. I just installed the jack on the frame the batwing was on. Now, had I purchased a wingman for my original batwing that may not have been the case. Just saying I saw a marked improvement. By the way, an aluminum batwing wouldn't make much of a boat anchor. lol.
nemo45 12/15/13 08:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How can I charge chassis batteries off of coach charger

Sounds like you have a large diesel pusher. I would think it came with a inverter with a built in charger which should charge batteries when hooked up to shore power. Mine is a Heart Inverter 2000 whatever. In the majority of motorhomes, inverter/charger does not charge the chassis batteries, only the coach batteries. There are exceptions, American coach, some of the bounders, some monacos and a few others. And they all use the trk-l start to do it.
nemo45 12/07/13 10:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How can I charge chassis batteries off of coach charger

Sounds like you have a large diesel pusher. I would think it came with a inverter with a built in charger which should charge batteries when hooked up to shore power. Mine is a Heart Inverter 2000 whatever. In the majority of motorhomes, inverter/charger does not charge the chassis batteries, only the coach batteries. There are exceptions, American coach, some of the bounders, some monacos and a few others. And they all use the trk-l charge to do it.
nemo45 12/07/13 10:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dingy towing car

Anyone know what is out new that is flat towable besides CR - V, with automatic transmission? I have a Saturn vue. 2006 and looking to buy something new. Thanks Chevy Equinox is basically the same car as the Saturn. We have been towing a 2011 for two years with no problems. The GMC Terrain is the same car. Also, for a bigger car the Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia are all towable four down.
nemo45 09/19/13 02:56pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Gulf Stream RV

Just for the record: I OWNED a Tourmaster before the Dynasty, which was before the Executive...also, I was not knocking Gulfstream products. Those of you that own them should be proud of your coach and enjoy them to the fullest...the OP asked to compare his coach to the GS....compared to the Monaco coaches, the quality just was not there..would I buy another GS product..? No. Would I buy another Monaco product?..absolutely.......my opinion, of course......Dennis I just gotta respond. He doesn't have a Monaco Executive or HR Imperial. Both top of the line. He has a 38 ft. Neptune. My best friend has a 2005 HR Ambassador. I have helped him repair plenty of things on his HR, from plumbing to electrical problems and he needs to replace his Norcold 1200 too. I can tell you he would trade for mine in a split second. He has said so. As far as the quality I have been in his coach many times and he in mine. I can find no place where his has more quality than mine. From my quality maple solid wood cabinetry to the tile floors and carpeting, plumbing fixtures and construction mine is every bit as good as his or better. Plus, mine has 7'6" ceilings compared to HR's 6'5", a king sized bed and a huge shower. None of which I am sure a 38 ft. Neptune has. Plus its 4 ft. longer. I would compare my Tour Master to any Neptune or Ambassador in the same year range. I would buy another Tour Master in s New York minute.....my opinion, of course. Don
nemo45 09/18/13 03:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gulf Stream RV

Have to agree with the others. There is a long history on this forum of really unhappy owners, as a result of this company producing substandard products, and doing little to address the issues. Now, this type of statement will typically draw the defenders out of the woodwork with claims that THEIR Gulfstream is the greatest thing since the invention of the wheel, but take it for what it's worth. At some point it becomes pretty funny. There are in fact going to be a limited number of satisfied customers of any RV manufacturer, no matter how poor the product actually is. That said, the interwebs tends to draw out the folks that would stand next to a rotted, moldy, motorhome, as it was burning to the ground, and say, "yea, it's been a great coach, we are really happy" LOL EDIT: keep in mind that this company no long produces class A units, and that they had major issues with rigs that were so poorly engineered and built that the diesel engine overheats constantly due to the confined, nearly non-serviceable engine bay that fails to allow for proper cooling. While my 2006 Gulf Stream Tour Master is not the greatest thing since the invention of the wheel, it IS the greatest thing since sliced bread. Truthfully, it has been a great coach. We have full timed in it for over a year. It is not rotted or moldy and has no leaks. In over 5000 miles it has never overheated. It is hard to get at the engine thru the rear doors as is any rig without a side radiator. As far as Gulf Stream not making class A's any more, Freightliner still makes chassis and all the other components, A/C's, water heaters, microwaves, refrigerators etc. were made by the same companies all the other manufacturers use. The one thing we did do was replace the Norcold 1200 with a residential refrigerator. This is typical for the Norcold 1200's and not limited to Gulf Stream. Where ever I travel and see another Gulf Streams where I am camped, I always try and talk with the owner and not once have I found one who was not happy with their unit. My advice is to listen only to the people who have owned one. Please, by all means, take this for what its worth.
nemo45 09/18/13 09:48am Class A Motorhomes
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