Our relationship with our four-door model 1201 Norcold over the last seven years (and almost 75,000 miles of travel) has been a mixed bag. The interior layout of the fridge was very conducive for Jane to neatly and efficiently organize food and drink. The two small freezer compartments did chop up that space and made it a little difficult to store large packages, but overall, Jane was very pleased with food storage.
Other positives were the latching doors (as might be expected on an RV fridge) and the ability to run on propane/12V.
Out with the old!However. And there are a few however's. There are inherent safety risks involved with absorbed gas refrigeration as evidenced by numerous safety recalls by the two primary manufacturers of RV refrigeration. For absorbed gas refrigeration cycle to work, you need heat. Heat is either produced by a propane burner or electric heating element - out of control heat has been responsible for the several safety recalls. Absorbed gas refrigerators also need good ventilation to work safely and efficiently. Once RV manufacturers started to install fridges on slides, proper ventilation became more difficult to achieve, since ours was on a slide, there were two muffin fans to assist in air flow. (Our upper vent area I believe never fully met Norcold's very rigid specification.)
Our 1201 would struggle in hot weather to keep the fridge cold - sometimes we would need to run it on a setting of six or seven (out of nine). Then there was the problem where the unit would warm up while we were driving, sometimes the fridge would reach 45-50 degrees. After consultation with some tech folks, the diagnosis was air intrusion where the cooling unit (the entire rear of the box) attaches to the main part of the box. The entire fridge needed to be pulled out and that seam sealed with metallic tape, only an eight hour job (at $100/hr.)
And then when we left for our summer 2012 trip, we had to run the box on nine to keep the fridge at the proper temperature of about 35 degrees. After more tests and consultation, the conclusion was we had a bad cooling unit. Yikes! New cooling unit - $1,050. 8 hours of labor - $800, total repair cost: $1,850! NO WAY! Goodbye Norcold, hello Frigidaire.
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