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Old 12-31-2015, 12:47 PM   #1
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Anyone put a residential fridge in 395?

Piece of crap dometic absorption fridge just crapped out, insurance is giving me the runaround and looks like im going to be stuck fixing it myself ($2k for a cooling unit). could almost replace the whole fridge for what it costs to get the cooling unit here!

A residential fridge sure looks like a good option right now...

Just not sure about fitment not only in the slide cavity (can it be done in the same cavity or does the lower drawer need to be removed?)

were the '14 395s offered with a resi fridge?
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:13 PM   #2
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I cannot help you much with your specific issue, but for how most of us camp, a residential fridge is the best thing since sliced bread. My 29RE has a res Whirlpool refer. It works great even in hot weather. I can also switch it to the inverter when traveling. Last summer I had to leave the camper parked with no hookups one day while we were occupied with events. I was worried how long the batteries would last. I still don't know how long they would last, but that day, they lasted from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm, and the inverter voltage sat right on 118 volts all day. I was very satisfied with that.
Your biggest problem will probably be getting the unit inside the coach. Hopefully it will fit by only removing the doors. I've heard of some folks having to drop a slide out.

Good luck whatever you decide.
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:22 PM   #3
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yea fitment is a big issue. Looks like the dometic might just squeeze through the doorway, if not its not a big job to pull the cooling unit off of it and toss it out the door. Unfortunately thats not an option on a residential fridge.

Inverter is something that likely wouldnt happen. im stationary for all but a couple days a year, and travel is usually short and can be worked around having the fridge non functional during the trip. If i went with an inverter id have to upgrade the battery setup, these things only have a single little tiny battery, i dont see it running an inverter for very long LOL

Dropping out a slide is probably the only way to get a decent sized resi fridge in there. but unfortunately taking the side out of my house in the middle of winter isnt something im about to consider!
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:30 PM   #4
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The Dometic is actually installed in the slide before the slide is put in the trailer. According to XLR, a residential fridge, or at least the one they use as an option on other floor plans, will not fit in the 395.
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Old 01-01-2016, 02:19 PM   #5
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My new Dometic only works in cold weather once the sun get on the out side wall the temp goes crazy goes from 34 when cold and up to 42 when the sun get on it or it is hot out side. Several trailers here have house units but do not work for long drives no propane to keep up the temp and when you spend 6 days on the road to get to your destination you need the propane.
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Old 01-01-2016, 02:51 PM   #6
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We live fulltime in our unit and have a regular apartment sized fridge, which we put in when the dometic failed us a couple years ago. We bought it from a used appliance outlet and have never been happier. This is far superior to our previous one, and seems to have much more space in it, except it has a smaller freezer compartment, but that's okay as we have a small freezer that we leave outside. Our weather is seldom below freezing on Vancouver Island, so it works just fine for us.

We had no difficulty getting it through our door and the other one went out in pieces, as it was definitely not usable any more.
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Old 01-01-2016, 03:40 PM   #7
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As long as you can keep 110VAC power to a residential fridge, go for it. You'll need quite a substantial house battery bank to feed an inverter if you want to operate it when not driving (alternator power) plugged into shore power or, running the generator . Other than the electrical issue, remember that MOST residential fridge doors do NOT have a lock. How will you keep the door(s) secured when in motion? Many res-frig shelves are not as conducive to typical means used in RVs, to prevent food from shifting while in motion. Finally, winterizing a res-frig that's equipped with water / ice is more involved and, it's important to get it done right. All that said, I love my res-frig.
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Old 01-01-2016, 04:10 PM   #8
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Residential fridge

Don't forget if your traveling you must have electricity either from inverter or generator plus you will need a size that fits not as hard to find if you have 4 door dometic now sure sounds like it will be a p i a
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Residential refrigerator consideration: How do you manage the heat from the cooling process? Residential refrigerators almost always dump their heat into the kitchen area while a RV refrigerator dumps its heat through a vent to the outside.
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Old 01-02-2016, 09:59 AM   #10
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Can't say I've noticed ANY problem with my 23 cubic foot, three door residential refrigerator "dumping" heat inside my Super C. Pretty much the same at home with a 25 cubic foot model.
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