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Old 08-23-2012, 10:27 AM   #21
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f1100 - a good point that takes me on a tangent - there was a thread here while back about the outside refers being only 110 and us (Prime Time) having the opinion that it was too much $$ to upgrade to an RV refer in that location. This thread is starting to shed some light on why there was an unusually high interest in that expensive option.

But, we have a big family that likes to eat . . . and drink . . . that things full, too!

And to go a step further, it made me mad when the door of the outside refer opened and spilled my beer . . . I mean my kid's snack drinks . . . onto the ground. We're working on that one.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:31 AM   #22
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I know what you mean, Turbo. We would love an outdoor kitchen but the only thing holding me back from buying a new trailer in the future with one is the lack of an RV fridge (Again, don't want to be on electric 100% of the time). Guess I can't have everything, but I wish I could
We camp twice a year without power. So that's the only time we don't use outside fridge. Although we take our gennie we only run it at night till morning.

When we are camping with power we turn residential fridge on and fill it 2 days before leaving . When in route it says cold enough till we get plugged in.
Most of our outings are less than 1.5 hours away.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:47 AM   #23
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...Would you mind elaborating just a little on why you would not prefer a larger 110 refrigerator instead of the RV type?
Thanks.
Wife and I would like maybe a larger rv type, but a 110v only, no. The inconvenience of being on the road for anywhere from 2-5 days going, would be a big hassle. Even if you pre-cool the frig and never open the door, you can only travel about 4-6 hrs before having to plug in again and an 'onboard' gen is just another item to have to stow/maintain/etc. When we are 'set up' for 3 wks at a time, we are always out and around either sightseeing/shopping or visiting and never very far from a grocery store or Walmart. It's kinda like with clothes, you just plan on taking the real necessities and if something comes up, you just buy what you need and it's fresher. An rv style frig around 15 cu. ft with a 3-4 cu ft freezer would be ideal for us, but not a real necessity. Don't know if this is what you wanted, but just our reasoning. (DW is here contributing also)
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:58 AM   #24
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We camp exclusively at places with electricity. However, on our 19 hour drive to Florida, a residential fridge wouldn't have done well.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:08 AM   #25
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Thanks, dunnnc.

Let me fish a little further: What if we installed a small wattage inverter that allowed the refer to run off your batteries during transit? Most residential refers only pull about 1-2 amps when running.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:09 AM   #26
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Thanks, dunnnc.

Let me fish a little further: What if we installed a small wattage inverter that allowed the refer to run off your batteries during transit? Most residential refers only pull about 1-2 amps when running.
Now your getting somewhere !
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:12 AM   #27
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However, is my family atypical in that we are almost exclusively using the RV a couple hours from home and always with hook-ups? SIDE BAR: My wife would NEVER dry camp no matter how much I need to understand the needs of our customers. Dry Camping to her means it didn't rain.
Can't say if your family is atypical, but you camp the way we do. So far, the furthest we have been away from home is 3 hours. We typically leave on a Friday and come home on a Sunday. We did vacation (for a week) in our TT this year, but went for full hookup. Any place we stay, we look for electricity and water at a minimum... full hookup if possible. That being said, with a family of five, we don't want to mess with another item to store (a cooler) so we try to put everything we can in the fridge before we leave. If we need to buy milk or something when we get to our site, we will.
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Thanks, dunnnc.

Let me fish a little further: What if we installed a small wattage inverter that allowed the refer to run off your batteries during transit? Most residential refers only pull about 1-2 amps when running.
Now, you may have hit on a viable solution. Getting interested now.
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sfrye - the cooler comment came up a while earlier in a different post and I'm confused. The rationale for me to have the bigger refer is to avoid the cooler and get it all in before I leave.

Am I missing something on that?
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sfrye - the cooler comment came up a while earlier in a different post and I'm confused. The rationale for me to have the bigger refer is to avoid the cooler and get it all in before I leave.

Am I missing something on that?
Nope you are spot on... my point is, if you have a 110 refer, then I have to pack a cooler with all my items it in while I travel. Unload it when I get there, then load it back up on my way home just to keep my foods cold.

I like using the propane because I can turn it on the night before. The next day, I load my food in the cold refer and I am on my way... no cooler needed.
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