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Old 05-16-2013, 02:42 PM   #11
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Not excatly an apples-to-apples comparison.... but our 38FL has the residential fridge, 2000W Inverter, 4 6-Volt batteries. I have tested in the driveway with the fridge in a couple of different weather conditions and for different lengths of time. So far the operation has lasted 3 days during a warm spell we had and the batteries still had plenty to run the slides in-out and run the hydraulic levelers. The dummy light on the control panel still showed the battery bank at or around 2/3.

I did replace the standard WFCO converter to a Progressive Dynamics with charge wizard to improve the charge cycle the few times a year we do dry camp.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:45 AM   #12
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Thank you everyone for the feedback. How does the residential fridge work when defrosting? Can I leave it alone once I have the RV stored? Will the water drain out or do I need to keep it at the house for a day while it defrosts? What is the maintenance like I guess?

Really trying to determine if the residential fridge is worth it for me or not. While its obviously superior in almost every way as a fridge, for a weekend warrior like myself is it worth the hassle for extra hard ice cream?
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:02 PM   #13
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We are primarily weekend warriors as well... Home, empty fridge, empty ice cubes into house freezer, turn off - prop doors so they don't close and leave it to air out/dry.... We do park at home, so if it is going to be a short time between trips just leave it on with power.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:46 PM   #14
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If you are talking about the big 3-door fridge, they are frost free and simply have a small evaporator pan underneath where melted frost evaporates as the unit defrosts. These new refers are amazing in that they use very little power compared to older units.

My 3-door 26 cu ft. Whirlpool in my house uses 1.32 Kilowatts per day or 481KW per year.

Not sure how much that will require from a set of 12 volt batteries though.

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Old 05-27-2013, 05:24 PM   #15
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ChrisMSNT not to hijack your thread but I wondering if you or someone else has the make and model of the 2013 and 2014 residential refrigerators. The one with the freezer compartment at the bottom.
I wanted to check the specs out and see how many watts they pull.
I'm also guessing FR has only installed a 1,000 watts invertor?

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Old 05-28-2013, 12:06 PM   #16
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Stoyles,
We are evaluating the exact same two models ourselves. I wouldn't over-think the residential fridge aspect. My wife is lusting after the residential fridge, and when we fist started looking I was concerned about how long it would run off the batteries. I then realized that we rarely are away from hookups for more than 48 hours. Further, going down the road, they will be recharged from the coach engine. I Personally wouldn't spend the money for an auto-gen start unless I was planning to be away from the coach a great deal. But that's just me.

Our challenge is simply deciding if the XL version is worth the 15k upcharge. The main things you gain are basement storage, larger chassis (larger wheels, longer wheelbase) and a bit more aerodynamic front cap. We like the "looks" of the XL front end on the 2014's, and wonder if FR will starting using the same cap on the 351's.

Conventional wisdom is that the larger chassis will handle/ride better, and it very well may, however when I test drove the 351 I was very impressed with the handling. I purposely allowed a number of semi's to blow past me and I barely felt a thing. It seemed to handle rough road surfaces well too. So far the 351 is winning out for us, as the extra $15k for the XL version is a big chunk in our world.

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Old 05-28-2013, 01:16 PM   #17
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Thanks ChrisMSNT for the information.
My calculations show that that frig mas a max pull of 977.5 watts of power so if you have a 1,000 watt invertor it is maxed out.

I just wondered how many hours two 12 volts will be able to power the refrigerator. I know that the batteries get charged while driving but has anyone just dry camped to see how long until the batteries got below say 11.5 volts?
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I believe it is a dedicated 1,000 inverter just for the fridge...
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Thanks ChrisMSNT for the information.
My calculations show that that frig mas a max pull of 977.5 watts of power so if you have a 1,000 watt invertor it is maxed out.

I just wondered how many hours two 12 volts will be able to power the refrigerator. I know that the batteries get charged while driving but has anyone just dry camped to see how long until the batteries got below say 11.5 volts?

Iggy:

Are you sure of your math? That seems awfully high wattage like 10 100W bulbs? Check your decimal point. I'm thinking more like 100W. These units only need about 1300W per 24 hours and that would be running about 1/2 the time. They only use about 481KWH per year with an estimated cost of $50.00/ year.

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