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Old 09-25-2017, 12:05 PM   #1
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Residential Refrigerator Issues Poll

We are shopping for our first RV - an upper end 5r. I've spent my entire adult life working on refrigerators and recently retired. Many of the 5rs we are exploring come with residential style refrigerators as opposed to the gas/electric/Norcold/Dometic models. I'm wondering what types of issues some are seeing with their residential units. When I first saw them in RVs, my radar went up since I'm not sure how well they can stand the jostling.
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:38 PM   #2
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Old 09-25-2017, 02:26 PM   #3
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Depends a lot on how you plan to use your rig. If you plan to boondock at all you will need a bigger battery bank and a generator or solar to power a residential fridge. They normally come with an inverter to power off batteries when you are not connected to shore power. Your tow vehicle should have no problem keeping the battery charged to run while you are actually towing. A residential fridge is lower cost than an RV fridge but the cost of the inverter offsets some but not all the difference. Friends with residential fridges have been happy with their choice but I opted to stay with a RV fridge.
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Old 09-25-2017, 03:04 PM   #4
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Just came back from a 75 day, 11,000 + mile trip. The residential fridge was on, continuously, the entire trip, including while towing. Not a single problem with the fridge. If you boondock with a residential fridge, you with need a battery upgrade and solar or a generator.
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Old 09-25-2017, 03:04 PM   #5
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We're on 2 1/2 years with ours and runs 24/7 365 and love all the extra space and freezer that actually freezes ice cream.
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Old 09-25-2017, 03:50 PM   #6
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Agree with AZ traveler regarding how you plan to camp

But we have 15- 353RL with a res frig - Samsung. Love it and not issues
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Old 09-29-2017, 06:57 PM   #7
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Had our res frig over 2 years full timing no problems love it
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Old 09-30-2017, 05:44 AM   #8
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While we don't have one, and I've never had any issues with RV refers, others have. I've personally heard of just a few folks that have had issues with residential ones though. Considering the numbers of either kind in RVs over the years, I'd say it's a wash between the two. Before taking delivery of either kind, you should insist insist on it be running for a day or two (along with doing a thorough inspection of everything else!).
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Old 10-02-2017, 03:43 PM   #9
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Old 10-02-2017, 04:17 PM   #10
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I took out the RV refer from my 2000 3280rl and installed a residential with a 1200 watt inverter. DW loves the much bigger unit. Would never go back.
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Old 10-02-2017, 05:16 PM   #11
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My two Montana's had RV frigs, but when we made the transition to a MH it had a residential. Even though I was impressed with how big it was inside I still was a little worried. After several long months on the road I am convinced it is the only way to go. It works just as good as our home frig.
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Old 10-09-2017, 02:42 PM   #12
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ANY residential refer will be bigger, better and more efficient than any RV 12v/propane refer.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:05 PM   #13
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3 seasons, no issues yet
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Old 10-10-2017, 02:22 PM   #14
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3 seasons, no issues yet
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:24 PM   #15
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We are recreational campers ... don't need a stick house mega sized fridge ... have always been perfectly happy with gas absorption fridges in any of our RV's. No need to invest in an inverter, more batteries, nor solar as we can always flip over to propane.
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:03 PM   #16
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We have the 2018 Norcold Gas/Electric and wish every day it was a residential electric. I'd say like others, unless you boondock extended periods go electric residential.
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