Originally Posted by MommaDrama
Hey Foggy, can you give me the info on Summit. I have a Norcold DE561 and it is possible that I may need to replace it. I would like to end my relationship with Norcold, but don't have much options in size. Please let me know about Summit.
Not sure what it is you're searching for, so I shootgun my response.
I thought I had the model number in my file but I don't. I will look on my boat this weekend to see if I have it there.
1)Very, very quite.
2)Has self defrost and we LOVE IT! Even has an interior light!
3)Stays in constant temperature, freezer ranges from 0 to -5
section stays constant at 39F... we can control the
5) Height and width almost EXACTLY that of the Norcold
6) Cost was $550 delivered..could be off a couple of bucks but not many
1) Ours was only available in white. I sprayed it BLACK!
2) It had wire shelving...sucked! I purchased 1/2" sheet of Delrin on Ebay
for $20 and cut my own shelf using my router, even allowed a space for large items..Wifey's wine box
3) You will need a pure sine wave inverter. I recommend at least 1500 watts. Mine is 1000 watts which works well but I am pushing it when the self deforst cycle starts up. Note-- a modified sinewave might work. Anyway, search Ebay, a true sine wave 2000 watt inverter ranges about $225. I don't like Xantrex even though mine is made by them.
4) The box although the same height & width is the same as Norcold, it is deeper and of course it has to be because it is 8.3cu/ft. But the Norcold had the compressors mounted on the back side, Summit is on the bottom of teh fridge. If you measure the Norclod depth
to the back of the compessors, the depth
is the same as the Summit. The problem I ran into is the back of the fridge hit the back of a toilet switch which the Norcold compressors just missed. Not a big deal to work around which I did.
More comments--- I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE SELF DEFROST!! The old Norcold used about the same power as my Summit. While at anchor
both units require running a generator
to recharge batteries as I am sure you realize. Last year I installed 2 each 145 watt solar panels
that almost eliminated the need for the genny except we need it for the hot water
heater and also for coffee in the mornings and of course the stove if things need cooking
This season I added another pair of solar panels
... I purchased another pair right after the first pair and they sat in my garage over the winter. So I am not worried about my batteries. I want to make our wonderful President, THE GREAT LEADER happy by using reusable energy..... well, also because gas cost $4/gallon and the genny burns gas!
OH, and I want to be an energy PIG!
Ask if you need more info--