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I scanned through a few older posts and wanted to get some current feed back.
Moved into our new/used rv home in over 100 degrees (Texas) to find out the air conditioners and refrig didn't work. That's just part of it. Everything has maintanance.
So had the RV guy come out and he got the air working for now. He said the Dometic frig was dead. After hunting on the internet I have come to realize that rv people are very proud of their frigs
What are your thoughts on buying another rv frig vs a regular compact frig? If you like the idea of the rv frig, do you know where we can get a deal?
Thanks for your help!!
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I have to echo what The Bear said. I recently looked at a 5th wheel that had a full size fridge same as you'd put in your sticks n bricks. Great to have all that room in the fridge, but we like boondocking. This fridge won't run on 12 v or propane so it was a no go. If a regular fridge will work with your particular lifestyle, then you might want to go that route. If you're going to spend a lot of time "off the grid" then it might not be such a great idea.
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Both Bill and Dan have motorhomes. We either run the diesel genset or for trips of only four hours let it sit. Unless the door is opened often, very little heat gain plays into the equation.
RV refrigerators cost a lot more than residential for a couple reasons. Reason one is that the design that can run on propane or electric. Even though this is the original design of a refrigerator, the residential compressor type is now simpler and cheaper to build. The second reason is the cost of all those recalls and repairs due to fires has to be recovered. Who do you think pays when a manufacturer designs and pays for recalls and repairs? Now for some getting a residential is a no brainer, they don't boondock or/and they have the inverter, batteries and generator that they need already installed plus they are willing to deal with the downsides of needing to use more electricity. Many RV fridges do not keep ice cream hard, but the newest ones seem to do so. Our waistlines tell us not have ice cream in the RV, but obviously we are in the minority. My advice is to find out how much it will cost to repair the RV fridge. If it can't be repaired or the price seems too close to buying a new one then you have to make a decision based on how much you can spend today against what it is worth to you over time. There are trade offs of staying with an RV fridge vs. a residential. You might end up paying more to add battery, inverter and/or generator to use a residential instead of buying another RV fridge. Of course if the money is not there to spend, go with the cheapest solution of a residential fridge and live with the compomises of where you can camp, including free overnight stays in parking lots. You will have to add latches to keep the fridge closed while traveling and might need to get refrigerator bars to keep stuff in place inside the fridge. You will also need to secure the fridge in the hole so it won't move and that will probably require drilling holes in the fridge. We were recently at an RV repair facility that told us they have done a lot of residential fridge installs and some were reinstalls of different models since some residential fridges fail quickly in RVs, even on pure sine wave inverters. They think these fridges cannot handle the bouncing, so check the actual models people buy. They like Whirlpool, which has models that are certified for boats and RVs. Also some fridges work fine on modified sine wave inverters, some don't. Tiffin puts a residential fridge in the Phaeton motorhome that they find works fine on modified sine wave (21cuft GE Profile) but uses a different brand in their Allegro Bus that only likes pure sine wave inverters, which the Allegro Bus has and the Phaeton does not. Our friends with the Phaeton find the 21cuft fridge uses 120 amp-hours of battery if they leave it on overnight, but if they turn it off the freezer goes from -1 degree F to 9 to 11 degrees F by morning when they can run the generator to make breakfast. The refrigerator section barely moves from 37 to 39 degrees overnight. Only you can make the choice and only you can decide what is right for you. Luckily on this forum people are nice and not judgemental. On other forums people get really nasty about this choice and insult people who make choices differently than they made.
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The coach we purchase in June also had a dead refrigerator. We agonized over what to do and ended up buying a Whirlpool residential at Lowes. It is larger than the RV refrigerator it replaced. We are thrilled with it. Another plus was it gave us an "updated look" for a fraction of the cost of an RV Refrigerator. We have not put in an inverter yet and intend to. In the meantime we have closed it up and the food was still frozen when we made it to our next location.
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Well, I'm back for more advice! This time it's about the fridge. We think we have room for a bigger fridge but we aren't positive about size or weight capacity. Does anyone here have a large 2 door fridge in their RV? If so, would you recommend we try it? I think we have the appropriate hookups and room, so what size fridge should we look into? I saw some largelg refrigeratorsbut I wanted to hear what the biggest size that people would recommend. Let me know. :)
myagya wrote: Well, I'm back for more advice! This time it's about the fridge. We think we have room for a bigger fridge but we aren't positive about size or weight capacity. Does anyone here have a large 2 door fridge in their RV? If so, would you recommend we try it? I think we have the appropriate hookups and room, so what size fridge should we look into? I saw some largelg refrigeratorsbut I wanted to hear what the biggest size that people would recommend. Let me know. :)-- Edited by myagya on Friday 16th of December 2011 03:13:18 PM