Thanks to everybody who posted comments on the blog or Facebook, or sent me e-mails with suggestions for a residential refrigerator to replace our fast failing Norcold RV refrigerator. Quite a few RVers said they swapped out their RV refrigerators for either Samsung RF197 units, which are no longer available, or Samsung RF18s, which replaced them. The only problem is that nobody seemed to have any in stock.
Yesterday Greg White called to say that Sears showed the Samsungs in stock, so we made a beeline for the nearest Sears store, only to find that no matter what their website said, they no longer carry them. But a couple of miles away we stopped at a Home Depot and the gentleman in their appliance department checked his computer and said they had a lot of them in the warehouse. Retail price was $1498, but they were on sale for $998 for their Black Friday sale, with free delivery and free haul away of our old refrigerator, and twelve months interest free financing. Well okay, then, write it up!
The new refrigerator is 18 cubic feet, which is half again as much as the Norcold. Samsung recommends a pure sine wave inverter for it, and ours is modified sine wave. That wasn’t an issue with the Maytag refrigerator we had in our MCI bus conversion, but electronics have come a long way since then and I don’t want to chance hurting the new refrigerator. I plan to buy a small pure sine wave inverter dedicated just to the refrigerator. As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, we seldom boondock any more so that’s not an issue and we’re plugged in almost every night. If not, we can turn it off and food will stay cold all night long.
It will be delivered Friday, so we have a few days to get the Norcold unhooked and out, and we’ll have to do some reconfiguring of the present cabinet that the Norcold is in, but Terry says that shouldn’t be a big problem. I’m more concerned about getting the Norcold loose. When we had the first recall done it took the shop two days to get it loose because it was bolted in from the bottom, back, and even through the roof! And then it was glued to the base. Apparently Winnebago was into overkill when they built our motorhome.
We were dreading dealing with the holiday shopping crowds, but none of the places where we went yesterday, nor the mall where the Sears was or the Home Depot, today were very crowded. No more than on an average day. A couple of the clerks I asked said it was crazy on Friday but the weekend traffic was about normal.
I’ve been craving Chinese food and the Grand China Buffet was in the same parking lot as Home Depot. So that’s where we went for dinner. It was very good. There was an excellent selection, everything was hot and fresh, and the service was friendly. We would definitely eat there again if we were in the area.
Congratulations to Linda Huber, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of George Weir’s The Devil To Pay. We had 124 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – Why isn’t there a mouse flavored cat food?