I just junked an old NorCold and would never purchase
another. OK, I am not addressing custom fridges or freezers, stuff with keel
coolers and such. They appear to engineering projects but projects that can yield great results.
Mine was simple!!! I purchased a Summit 8.5cu on liine delivered for about $480. This fit into the hole left by the Norcold. Benefits--- frost free!, QUITE!!!! I CANNOT HEAR IT RUN!! Has an interior
light, very helpful.
Disadvantages--- came only in white so I painted it black, looks great!
I also purchased a 1KW Zantrex sinwave inverter
. I guess a modified wave would work, I just didn't want to take a chance with noise from an unhappy motor
Next I wired in a $15 relay so the fridge is powered all the time from dock
power until dock power ends--- or generator
power ends and the relay then gets de-energized switching the power source to the inverter
It works great, total cost not including paint
is about $285 for the inverter, $15 for the circuit relay plus the $480 delivered price
of the fridge.
Total cost was about $780, much less than the Norcolds from the Big West. The last time I purchased something special from West, they charged shipping
. So add shipping
along with sales tax to any price
quote or at least ask if those costs are included.
If you plan to use an apartment size fridge, look carefully!!! There are not many and the sizes are limited. The Summit was one that was nearly the same size as the Norcold.