Norcold Refrigerator For The RV

When considering the purchase of a gas refrigerator for any kind of vehicle a major concern is going to be safety. For this reason is it in your best interest to only consider a trusted Norcold refrigerator when buying your gas fridge.

Thetford Norcold is a well-known manufacturer of electric and gas refrigerators for RVs, the trucking industry and boats.
Below I highlight some of the technology used in Norcold motorhome refrigerators intended for Recreational Vehicle and caravan use.

Many Norcold RV refrigerators utilize a technology called ‘Gas Absorption refrigeration’. The basis of this technology is using heating to cool. This sounds counter intuitive, so here is a brief description of how it works. The cooling cycle is based on the refrigerant Ammonia. Heat from burning gas is used to boil ammonia into a gaseous state. This ammonia then gets absorbed into water, and the chemical process it undergoes during this absorption causes the cooling effect.

If your intended application for recreation vehicle use, the Norcold Gas Marine refrigerators are worth consideration. They are available ranging in sizes from 1.7 to 17 cubic feet. I will touch upon a couple of the more popular models below.

The smallest is the Norcold 323T 1.7 cubic foot gas absorption refrigerator is very popular with owners of smallish RVs or travel trailers. They are known for their ease of installation, reversible doors and a special travel latch that can be engaged while traveling.

At the very top end is the Norcold PolarMaxRF 2117. This unit is really only practical for the very largest of RV’s, the very lengthy ones with several slides. That said this build in fridge is a great unit. It has 17 cubic feet combined of fridge and freezer space. Built in ice-maker, automatic defrost, recessed door handles with travel safe built-in latches and food fences to keep the contents securely in place. Essentially this unit has all the features you might find in a midsized fridge-freeze in a stick house. These are a good choice for RV freezers or RV fridges.

Norcolds N510 and N512 product lines are somewhere between these two extremes. I it has all the essential features needed for RV refrigeration. With 5.5 cubic feet of storage it is a happy compromise between having sufficient space inside, without taking up too much precious space outside.

All of these fridges/freezers have the flexibility of multiple power sources. With the ability to operate them as 3-way fridges, you have the ability to operate them an electric refrigerator from 12v DC or mains power when you lack – or are not comfortable utilizing – propane.

If you are considering the purchase of an RV refrigerator, seriously consider buying a Thetford Norcold refrigerator freezer.

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  1. lance says:

    can i change a norcold fridge/ freezer model N611 from a 110 volt heater elewment to a 230 volt heater element ? as i am in NEW ZEALAND and we use 230 volt, thanks

  2. Steve says:

    Hi Lance,

    In the owners manual for this unit it recommends ensuring the AC voltage is kept between 108 and 132 volts, so I suspect the answer to your question is no.

    If you find out otherwise – or a good alternative – please drop back in and let me know!

    Thanks
    Steven

  3. Kevin Neal says:

    Hi..I also want to do this. Should be a case of getting another control box that runs the igniter and gas valve etc. Just like the one already in there does on 110 volts I think perhaps a thetford part would do it, I think they might be the same company. How did you get on with that. I have asked a company in USA to find out for me, will let you know what I find.
    Regards Kevin

  4. Steve says:

    Yes, Norcold is a Thetford brand – they bought them out in the late 1990s.

    If anyone would have the know-how and parts it would be them. I’ll be interested to hear what they say.