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Old 05-12-2016, 07:28 PM   #11
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I got a residential fridge in my 5er and love the space but kind of wish I wouldn't have. My camper sits at a seasonal campsite and we camp there every weekend. We have an inverter and two batteries that are dual purpose marine deep cell batteries (came with camper). If the campground looses power during the week I don't know how long the power is out for so I don't know if the food left there is good or bad.


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You can solve that problem by putting some cubed ice in a 'red solo cup' and putting it in the freezer. When you come back, check it. If it is a solid block of ice, the power went out and melted the ice and it froze back. If it is still cubed like you started with, the power never went out.
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:43 PM   #12
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You can solve that problem by putting some cubed ice in a 'red solo cup' and putting it in the freezer. When you come back, check it. If it is a solid block of ice, the power went out and melted the ice and it froze back. If it is still cubed like you started with, the power never went out.
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:02 PM   #13
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You can solve that problem by putting some cubed ice in a 'red solo cup' and putting it in the freezer. When you come back, check it. If it is a solid block of ice, the power went out and melted the ice and it froze back. If it is still cubed like you started with, the power never went out.
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Old 05-13-2016, 08:02 AM   #14
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I think the important factor is to determine what type of camping you will do. I mostly camp at state parks with full hook-up. I pick up my 5er and drive 30 minutes to my frequent favorite, and the fridge is cold and my beer is just about ready to drink by the time arrive. The inverter through the tv works great.

At least once per year I dry camp for about 1 week. I have a single 12v and a 3000 generator. I run the genny for a few hours every day and the fridge works fine.

I really enjoy the residential fridge.
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:45 PM   #15
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I have a residential reefer and just love it. I tried just running the frig on inverter and it stayed cold (0'. freezer, 37' frig) for two days without losing a beat. I thought that was enough for me.
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Old 05-13-2016, 03:32 PM   #16
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I've had both and prefer to leave the residential at my residence. Even when snowbirding for months we do not need the space. Never need the extra weight. No matter what comes in any future RVs if an ice maker is involved it will be capped to never see water.
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Old 05-13-2016, 03:35 PM   #17
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I have a residential refrigerator and back in the winter I tested it and the refrigerator would work for four days before the batteries got to 60%. I have four six volt batteries, not Trojans but still pretty good. It's 20 cubic feet and it stays cold and I have a ice maker. DW loves it, DW hates to dry camp, I like to dry camp. We compromise, we don't dry camp much.


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Old 05-13-2016, 04:08 PM   #18
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FYI to ponder on larger refrigerators

Congrats on the new home choice.

I realize this isn't exactly what your were asking, but I thought it might be worthy to share something that has recently come up about the residential frigs.

One thing that our repair department mentioned to us last time we were getting slide repairs done was that some of the trailer companies were finding more slide issues due to the larger refrigerators going in to the RVs weighing too much. We have had multiple slide issues on our 2015 5th wheel not wanting to slide in straight.

Another issue we just learned about is another Sanibel owner had their large refrigerator quit and they couldn't get it out the door to fix it! They ended up laying it on the floor of the RV and fixing it there. I don't know what the issue was, but I do know it was a new trailer and an issue that could be covered by warranty replacement now became a different problem!

Just FYI I thought might come in handy.
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That could be a problem if you have to replace a residential refrigerator is getting a new one put in, you would probably have to take the slide off, no way refrigerator would fit through the door. But a residential refrigerator cost less than a RV refrigerator and a lot of people like them. Besides campers are getting bigger not smaller.


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Ive had three bad norco reefers. I now have a frigidaire and am real happy.
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