RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Travel Trailers: residential refrigerator vs normal RV fridge/freezer

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Travel Trailers

Open Roads Forum  >  Travel Trailers  >  General Q&A

 > residential refrigerator vs normal RV fridge/freezer

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Next
Sponsored By:
WTW

Lakeland

Senior Member

Joined: 03/13/2006

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/12/19 04:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I like a trailer which is on a dealer lot only 30 min. From my house, but it has an
upgraded residential refrigerator? I’m told it runs on 110 and 12v inverter. But not propane. I’m skeptical of this set up? Please give me your thoughts? Pros and cons? I am a custom to the 110v and propane run rv fridge/freezer. Thanks Tomm


Work/live Lakeland, FL.
Shopping TT for me and Wife
2017 f-150 Crew, 3.5 NA 355, not-egoboost
Soon- empty nesting.

DownTheAvenue

Sunny South

Senior Member

Joined: 07/30/2014

View Profile



Posted: 03/12/19 04:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you always camp with hook ups, they are perfect.With no hook ups, you will need a generator or solar to recharge the batteries.

2oldman

New Mexico

Senior Member

Joined: 04/15/2001

View Profile


Online
Posted: 03/12/19 05:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some posts on the subject

Lwiddis

Cayucos, California

Senior Member

Joined: 08/12/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/12/19 05:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“If you always camp with hook ups, they are perfect.With no hook ups, you will need a generator or solar to recharge the batteries.”

Lots of batteries.


2015 Winnebago 2101DS TT & Tahoe LTZ, 300 watts WindyNation solar-parallel & MPPT, Trojan T-125s. TALL flagpole for US flag. Prefer USFS, COE, BLM, NPS, TVA, USF&WS, state & county camps. Bicyclist! 14 year Army vet - 11B40 then 11A - old MOS 1542 & 1560.


austinjenna

Columbus, Ohio

Senior Member

Joined: 03/27/2002

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/13/19 05:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I usually start my propane fridge the night before I leave to get cold. I couldn't do that I think with a residential fridge as I have mine in a storage lot.



2010 F350 CC Lariat 4x4 Short Bed
2011 Crusader 298BDS 5th Wheel
Reese 16K

sgfrye

north carolina

Senior Member

Joined: 06/27/2017

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/13/19 06:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i've had both. pros and cons both ways.

current TT is propane

main thing is how you camp. always use shorepower? boondock or dry camp most often?


residential
pros
1> SPACE. loved the residential we had. much more cubic space. the newer residential fridges are generally energy efficient. i had a 1200 watt inverter and 2 wally world 12v deep cycles. always plenty of power to run off those for a minimum of 24 hours without recharging or going below 50 percent battery charge. we do not boondock or dry camp. i would have fridge cold and running in our driveway and load up food night before we left.

cons
need alot of battery power and way to recharge if dry camping.


current TT is propane

I do like it for the convenience of running off propane if needed off shorepower and traveling down the road. just the wife and i so we can make the smaller cubic space work for us when loading up food for the trip. just takes a bit more planning. i will say the propane fridge seems to be easier to keep at constant temps in fridge and freezer with out much adjusting. 35degree in fridge and zero degree in freezer. the residential fridge seemed to be more sensitive to outside temps. in colder times of the year had to keep adjusting temps down to keep from freezing food in fridge part, in hot weather had to adjust for that also.

deltabravo

Spokane, WA

Senior Member

Joined: 09/08/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/13/19 07:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Residential fridge adds a lot of weight to an RV.

They require a a good sized battery bank, which RV dealers don't provide.... at most, RV dealers will include 2 batteries from what I've seen. That probably isn't enough to run the fridge more than about 12 hours.

If you dry camp, residential fridge will be tough to keep running unless you have a big battery bank, solar and/or generator.

I personally wouldn't want a residential fridge in a TT.


2009 Silverado 3500HD Dually, D/A, CCLB 4x4 (bought new 8/30/09)
2009 Arctic Fox 811 (bought new 11/9/09)
2015 Nash 17k (bought pre-owned 5/23/18)
2008 Haulmark 8.5x20 toy box trailer

filrupmark

Richmond,Texas

Senior Member

Joined: 07/11/2013

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/13/19 07:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We converted our fiver to residential and have 0 regrets. Residential is a much better refrigerator.


2004 Ford F250 Super Duty 6.0 Diesel, Bilstein 4600 Shocks, 16K B&W Patriot, Michelin M&S
2014 Augusta Flex AF34RS Trailair Tri Glide pinbox,
JT Strong Arms , Bridgestone R250'S, KYB Monotube Gas shocks
Finally a smooth ride !!!


C.B.

APPLETON WI USA

Senior Member

Joined: 12/15/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/13/19 08:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

deltabravo wrote:

Residential fridge adds a lot of weight to an RV.





I have to respectfully disagree with the above statement.


Dometic RM1350S RV Refrig. 13.5 cu.ft. 231 lbs.

Samsung RT21M6213SG/AA Res. Refrig 21 cu.ft. 198.4 lbs.

There are alot of reasons to have one or the other but added weight of the residential is not one of them.


I switched from the Dometic to the Samsung last year.
No way would I go back to an gas absorption RV refrigerator.


C.B.


CBVP2004~FORD~F350~CC~LARIAT~SRW~SB~4X4~6.0D~
AUTO~PULLRITE 16K SUPERGLIDE~DEMCO GLIDERIDE~
PRODIGY CONTROLLER~C-BETR MIRRORS~EMS-HW50C~
CB Family Fleet
Butch/Barb=2013-Cedar Creek 36CKTS
Duane/Holli=2005-Cedar Creek 362BBS
Kris/Katy=2006-Cherokee 32B

2oldman

New Mexico

Senior Member

Joined: 04/15/2001

View Profile


Online
Posted: 03/13/19 09:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

filrupmark wrote:

Residential is a much better refrigerator.
It is, but, dry camping can present a challenge.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Travel Trailers  >  General Q&A

 > residential refrigerator vs normal RV fridge/freezer
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Travel Trailers


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2019 CWI, Inc. © 2019 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS