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David Myles

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How easy is it to remove the electric/propane fridge? The current one is shot. Want to just replace it with a electric.

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Disconnect the propane line and cap it. Unplug the electricity and take maybe 6 screws out and pull it out. Not hard. How do you know it is shot? Did you get an ammonia smell?


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Alot better if you have two people.

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There could be a problem depending on the size of your refrigerator and the size of your door opening. I don't know what kind of rig you have, but in my class A and some others I've heard of the refrigerator can not come out through the door. It is necessary to remove 1/2 of the windshield to take it out. Be sure to measure before you start the job. If it won't fit through the door, and you're sure that you don't want the fridge, you could always just cut the box up with a sawzall or similar tool after you take the cooling unit off the back.

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If you are getting an ammonia smell then most likely your cooling unit is out and the fridge has to come out anyway. A cooling unit is darn near the same price as a new fridge but can be done. I replaced one about 2 trailers ago and wasn't too bad if you have some mechanical ability.


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The Wife and I did this when we were younger, just turned 70. Took the old one out and went to Lowes and picked up elect. Kind of hard picking it up over the dinenet. Had to cut out part of the cabinet etc. Looks great and works great


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It will not be too hard.

I agree a 25 year old RV frig might be better replaced than trying to get it fixed. If you still do not have a working generator going all electric is a bit harder but is doable.

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I saw a Cedar Creek Custom at a show recently that had a residential refrigerator in it. The frig runs off electric when hookups are available and off its own inverter and the batteries when not hooked up.
FWIW, the residential frig was a 16 cubic foot Whirlpool in place of the 12 cubic foot 4 door RV frig.


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As Miles mentioned, one of the big issues is gettting the old one out and the new one in through the door. I had planned on getting a residential in our 98 PaceArrow but the residential would not fit through the door (from memory, I think our opening is only 23"). Taking the windshield out seemed like too big of a job (although in hindsight, I probably should have done it as our replacement cooling unit appears to be dying after less than 2 years).

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Thanks for all the advice! I never thought of how I would get it out after I had it out! Luckily I just took the mesurements and it should slide right out the door. I found a freezer/fridge at Lowes that will fit perfect. I am most worried about messing with the propane lines in this process.I can rip anything out I just want to do it correctly. As far as no generator we will probably be camping at places with hook ups for now. We are having are first child in May, hence ditching the tent for a RV. The tent was a bit easier to fix but so far this project has been fun. Got the leaks fixed first then figured out the vacuum lines and the engine purrs, now the fridge ect ect ect haha!

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